Aug. 25, 2008
MONCTON (CNB) - A three-day international education conference is being hosted by the Government of New Brunswick. Education Minister Kelly Lamrock brought greetings to the Institute on Professional Learning Communities at Work on behalf of the province this morning.
The conference is being organized by Solution Tree, an Indiana-based professional development provider for educators. About 900 educators from eight provinces and at least five U.S. states are expected to attend.
"I am very pleased to welcome these dedicated professionals to Moncton," Lamrock said. "These educators are devoted to lifelong learning. Through this conference they will be able to improve their schools so kids achieve greater levels of engagement and learning."
In its education plan, When Kids Come First, the province pledged to expand professional development opportunities, and is pleased that about 675 educators from New Brunswick are taking part. Lamrock specifically congratulated the first group of education administrators to enter the new Educational Leadership Academy that the government announced in May.
"Strong educational leadership is critical in improving student achievement," Lamrock said. "By offering professional development opportunities to our educational administrators, we are helping them be better able to fulfil their essential function of providing greater leadership to our schools and students."
Lamrock also announced that another Institute on Professional Learning Communities will be held in New Brunswick in August 2009, on the subject of assessment.
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