What is the process of building new schools in NB? And how does this compare with the SS2020 vision for a community-led way forward?
Building new schools can go far beyond fixing old buildings: they can create dynamic learning environments that not only better prepare students for today’s needs, but also nurture and strengthen the community as a whole. Here are a few common principles we’ve observed in examples of great 21st century school environments.
For many months now, we have been researching various approaches to education and the types of places where effective teaching and learning takes place. It is no secret that the most effective schools are places that are bright, clean, functional, and warm, and students and teachers thrive when they are there. Sackville students and teachers deserve facilities that meet these goals.
Community-engaged learning represents a true partnership between students and educators across all educational levels, as well as a range of community partners, local and provincial governments, businesses and non-profit groups. This model would give students the opportunity to get out of the classroom and lecture halls and apply what they are learning in a real-world setting, addressing real-world issues and problems at the local and regional level.
Sackville Schools 2020 has had a busy start to 2016. We have been working on crafting our recommendation to the local District Education Council (DEC), as well as meeting with principals and students, our local MLA, and other stakeholders. We'll be reaching out to many parties across the province and beyond who have a role to play in the education system.
The time is here for a new model of public education for Sackville students. There are two main reasons that Sackville Schools 2020 came into being. First of all, two of the three K-12 public school facilities in Sackville are in need of a large investment of money in order to repair the issues they face. Secondly, the public school system is under review across the country and we want this community to have a voice in creating a 21st century model that meets the needs of our children.