Feb. 9, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Seventy-two teachers have been granted educational leaves in 2010-11.
The announcement was made by Education Minister Roland Haché; Noreen Bonnell, president of the New Brunswick Teachers' Association; and Monique Caissie, president of the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick.
"Opportunities for professional development such as educational leave enable teachers to diversify their knowledge so they can better meet students' needs," Haché said. "We support professional development because we want teachers to be able to give our students the best possible education."
The educational study leave program represents an investment by the Department of Education of $2.7 million.
"Educational leaves allow teachers additional opportunities to grow professionally and to model being lifelong learners," said Bonnell. "These leaves are designed by each teacher to meet her or his selected educational goals. The program supports the commitment of our New Brunswick teachers to learn about, to work with, and to inspire the students in our province's schools."
Educational study leaves are granted to teachers wishing to devote up to one year of study or travel for retraining, specialization or professional growth. They vary from three months to a full year.
"Educational leave is one of the strategies offered teachers to meet their need for training and improve their instructional practices," said Caissie. "We wish them a successful leave, both on a personal and professional level."
The leaves include administration leadership; masters of education with specialization in resource and methods; and training in the subject fields of literacy, mathematics, special needs/exceptionalities and guidance/counselling.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of teachers granted educational study leave, leave duration, and school districts. MEDIA CONTACT: Geneviève Mallet-Chiasson, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.