Aug. 25, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - More than 680 educators from New Brunswick will attend a three-day professional development institute in New Brunswick this week to learn about best practices in classroom assessments.
Minister of Education Roland Haché said that he is pleased with the high turnout of participants from New Brunswick, other provinces and the United States for this professional development event.
"I want to congratulate these educators for their interest in learning new ways to enhance their skills in the assessment of students' achievement, and providing more targeted instruction to students," said Haché. "Supporting teachers as they learn new ways to strengthen our children's education in the classroom is important to all New Brunswickers, and is a step toward our goal of building the best education system in Canada."
The institute represents a government investment of $260,000, and is part of a multi-year professional development plan to build New Brunswick educators' skills, a commitment made in the education plan, When kids come first.
The conference is being organized by Solution Tree, an Indiana-based professional development provider for educators. Solution Tree is well-known across North America for promoting a professional-learning-community approach to education. About 750 educators are expected to attend, with several hundred participants from both the anglophone and francophone education sectors in New Brunswick.
MEDIA CONTACT: Hillary Casey or Johanne LeBlanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4714.