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The Gifted Catyalyst Program in the Cowichan Valley School District is the program used to meet the needs of students with exceptional abilities. The program also provides opportunities for all students to work in their talent and strength areas. The program i... more.
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Joe Rhodes, Cowichan school board's superintendent, said pupils will return to class, at all levels in Cowichan and Lake Cowichan schools, Monday morning before being dismissed around noon - so teachers and staff can fine tune schedules and other issues for full-time classes starting Tuesday.
"I'm absolutely thrilled teachers voted to ratify. We're excited to see all kids return Monday for a part day, then full days from Tuesday onward," he said. Teachers in all of B.C.'s 60 school boards ratified the mediated bargain "so she's a green light," Rhodes said. About 600 full- and part-time teachers serve some 7,500 students in the Cowichan region, holding 24 schools and alternate facilities. Rhodes expected some "bumps" - especially at valley high schools - this week as teachers, students, and about 400 support workers, buckle down to work. "There's just a myriad of things happening in the first week." Regarding lost class time due to the strike, Rhodes said the education minister "has said there will not be additional time added" to the school year come June. "We'll alter the end of the first semester to balance lost time across the two semesters, and add an extra provincial-exam session," he said. "Details are still being worked out." The fresh teachers' deal is a six-year bargain, though one of those years has already passed, he noted.
"Each day has a new wrinkle," said Joe Rhodes, the Cowichan Valley School District's superintendent of schools.
Rhodes said the province is still working on the mechanics to make that happen. He said his understanding is that there have been conversations with B.C.'s post-secondary institutions to make some accommodations if Grade 12 students can't write their provincial exams.
Neither Cowichan School District Superintendent Joe Rhodes nor secretary-treasurer Bob Harper would comment due to the speculative nature of the ruling.
"Today schools still look and feel a lot like they did in the past," says Joe Rhodes, superintendent of the Cowichan Valley School District, "but inside in the walls, things are beginning to rapidly evolve as the shift of control for learning is moving away from the teacher and on to the student."
The teacher's role, says Rhodes, is shifting to more of a facilitator of knowledge acquisition, rather than the traditional deliverer of knowledge. "Driven by technology changes, kids have the ability to learn what they want, when they want to, with whomever they want, as long as they have access," Rhodes said. "This creates an enormous push against a system of education that is steeped in time-and-place learning." And, in turn, this creates a tension for teachers to let students create their own learning experiences while still delivering the expected curriculum. "Hence the motivation to move to a more personalized learning experience for kids, instead of the industrial model that was pervasive for the past 100 years," Rhodes explained. "It requires a different skill set for teachers, learning to be comfortable with uncomfortableness. Instead of having total control of the learning that takes place in the classroom, they need to be much more flexible and adaptable to the learning needs of the students, and how they may demonstrate that learning." Rhodes said it may be a challenge, but he's confident Cowichan can transition to the place it needs to be "to ensure our kids reach their potential" going forward.