School Operations provides support to schools by fostering focused leadership, researching best practices, communicating and collaborating with all partners.
At the Cree School Board life long learning is a priority. Maintaining a growth mindset we ensure consistent improvement in order to provide our students with high quality education. Schools develop Local School Improvement Plans in which they define SMART Goals related to Cree, English and French literacy, Mathematics, Student Well-Being and Student Success. Through data driven decision making and the collaborative efforts of our Professional Learning Communities our educators respond to individual student needs using researched based best practices. It is this commitment to improvement that allows for innovative programming and an experience that is unique to our school board.
Under the Office of School Operations, the team for School Data Management works in collaboration with the schools to: register new students, acquire permanent codes for students, develop schedules to meet the needs of students and respect the Cree School Board’s Regime Pedagogique, as well as MEES’ Basic School Regulations and Sanction des Etudes requirements for graduation. In addition to ensuring the accuracy of youth sector clientele files, this department is responsible for MEES Secondary IV and V examinations in June, August and January. In collaboration with the rest of the School Operations team and schools, the data management is a partner in ensuring students are enrolled in necessary courses and are registered for necessary exams after triannual review sessions of the students’ transcripts following retake exams.
Our Education Services Department specifically supports the delivery of Cree education to all students as well as specific student services such as Special Education.
By ensuring dedicated support for Cree language and culture programming in our curriculum, we enhance the student experience for our youth sector students. The department of Cree Programs not only oversees the development of learning materials including the publication of new materials and the teaching of these materials in our schools, but also supports the development of the Eastern James Bay Cree Writing System.
Along with development and implementation of the Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum , our Instructional Services consultants offer pedagogical support to teachers and prepares and administers the CSB end-of-cycle evaluations and exams for elementary and secondary students. Data is collected, analyzed and used to plan improvements.
Fostering the values of continuous improvement and lifelong learning, the Cree School Board supports professional development and training for all employees, including its pedagogical staff. Cree and non-Cree teachers, professionals, school administrators, and support personnel are offered rich opportunities to further their education and enhance their skills for the benefit of our students, and the Cree Nation as a whole.
We are aware that students benefit from services dedicated to ensuring their success. Our Department of Student Services provides financial academic, vocational and social counseling, as well as career resources. Other services include student housing, the boarding home program, medical and health services, recreation and cultural programs, food services, student discipline, and student records.
The Cree School Board believes in the uniqueness of each student and promotes inclusive education. Our Department of Special Education Services helps to manage collaboration with specialists and other entities to promote inclusive education for each student. The staff also assist (alongside a local committee at each school) in the referral and assessment processes for individual students. The Department of Special Education Services also ensures that teachers, support staff and school administrators are provided with tools, support, and information to assist them.
RTI (Response to Intervention) is a collaborative multi-tiered support process that offers high quality classroom instruction combined with targeted intervention. The RTI professionals work together with administrators and teachers to develop sequences of learning which target essential literacy skills in Cree, English, and French. The goal of the RTI process is to ensure that all students are given the opportunity and support needed to attain grade-level literacy competency.