Strategic Plan

Introduction

The Public Section of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association is comprised of 15 public school boards across the province responsible for the education of approximately 130,000 students. The Section is committed to the advancement of public education in Saskatchewan.

Vision

The Public Section is committed to locally governed, universally accessible, high quality education supported by students, parents, the public and educational partners in Saskatchewan. The Public Section envisions inclusive public schools, open to all students, that are valued for providing an education that meets the challenges of a complex and changing world.

Mission

The Public Section will be a leading advocate for public school divisions in Saskatchewan and will pursue the mandate of public education. The Public Section will strive to ensure that funding for public education reflects the fundamental values of an inclusive, democratic society.

Guiding Principles

  • Advocacy
  • Inclusiveness
  • Collaboration
  • Focus on student learning
  • Democratic values
  • Respect
  • Openness and transparency

Goals

  • to advocate on behalf of public education
  • to communicate the fundamental worth of public education in a democratic society
  • to protect the rights of public education
  • to provide leadership for the  good of public education

Public Section 2021-2022 Annual Work Plan

Goal: To advocate on behalf of public education

Strategic Actions

  1. The Public Section will pursue meetings with the Minister of Education, the Education critic, the Deputy Minister, the SSBA Executive and other key actors in the education sector to share information and discuss issues affecting public school divisions. The Public Section will ensure education partners understand the importance of public education.
  2. The Public Section will develop communication materials for school divisions.

Outcomes:

  • Minimum of one formal meeting with each of the minister, deputy minister the education critic and the SSBA executive.
  • Successful meetings with education partners.
  • Greater Public Section input into the SSBA executive.
  • A video created for use of the Public Section and school divisions

Goal: To communicate the fundamental worth of public education in a democratic society

Strategic Actions

  1. The Public Section will maintain a presence on Facebook and Twitter advancing the accomplishments of public schools and highlighting important issues.
  2. The Public Section will continue its Student Citizenship Awards Program with awards to be presented in June of 2022.

Outcomes:

  • Increased number of followers on Twitter.
  • Increased engagement of Section members on Facebook.
  • Promote the Student Citizenship Awards to the general public and encourage nominations from member school divisions.

Goal: To protect the rights of public education

Strategic Actions

  1. The Public Section will ensure the position of the Public Section is expressed within the SSBA and in conversations with the Catholic Section of the SSBA.
  2. The Public Section will look for opportunities to advance public education in Saskatchewan and in Canada.

Outcomes:

  • Regular communication with Public Section members now on the SSBA Executive.
  • Meetings between the Public Section Table Officers and the Catholic Section Executive to discuss issues of common interest.
  • Communication with public school organizations in other provinces and with others advancing the cause of public education.

Goal: To provide leadership for the good of public education

Strategic Actions

  1. The Public Section Chair and Executive Director will meet with as many public boards as requested and as practicable.
  2. The Public Section will offer support to public boards as requested.
  3. The Public Section will communicate on issues/items of interest with Public Section Executive members, board chairs and directors.
  4. The Public Section will communicate regularly with Public Section member boards and senior staff.
  5. The Public Section will offer professional development for Public Section members at its June general meeting and on other occasions where practicable.
  6. The Public Section will conduct regular general meetings and Executive meetings.

Outcomes:

  • Minimum of two meetings with Public Section boards.
  • Record of requests for Public Section support.
  • Emails to Executive, board chairs and directors as issues/items of interest come up.
  • Bi-monthly “Public Section Update”.
  • Executive meetings (see calendar).
  • General meetings in November and June.