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 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.

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 2019/2020 Annual 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 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.

Outcomes:

  • Minimum of one formal meeting with each of the Minister, Deputy Minister and the Education critic.
  • Successful meetings with education partners.

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 launch a Student Citizenship Awards Program with awards to be presented for the first time in June of 2020.

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 pursue the “Theodore” litigation, following up on the decision of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.
  2. 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.

Outcomes:

  • Successful outcome of the appeal.
  • Promote support for the next step in the legal process
  • Regular communication with Public Section members now on the SSBA Executive.
  • Meetings between the Public Section Executive Director and the Catholic Section Executive Director to discuss issues of common interest.

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 Execuitve 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.
  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.