Communication Plan for Hastings Education Centre

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Adult education in Vancouver began as community education initiative by the Vancouver School Board (VSB). Storefront schools with small classes, flexible schedules, and varied delivery of relevant content were earmarks of Adult Education (AE) programming. This original identity is increasingly elusive as class size minimums grow and course cancellations become more frequent. Currently, accountability measures threaten further funding reductions. If AE centres are to maintain their current status as community educators, they must find a way to increase student enrolment and success. This paper will articulate the problems and gaps in communication at Hastings Education Centre (Hastings), one of six AE centres run by the VSB, and make achievable recommendations for improved stability and student success. Continue reading

Cultural Analysis and Communication Audit of Hastings Education Centre

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The success of Hastings Education Centre (Hastings) is commonly attributed to the caring staff that is willing and empowered to advocate for individual students. This tailored response is facilitated by extensive face-to-face two-way communication, collaboration, as well as an informal and welcoming social climate. This paper will investigate connections between the culture and communication at Hastings and recommend actions for improving this relationship. Continue reading

My favourite assignment in this Masters of Educational Leadership and Management

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Now that I have finished all coursework before embarking on my major paper, I feel confident to state my preference. This assignment was simple yet deeply instructive. I recommend making a goal of your own and reporting on your progress. Much of the learning that I did was shared with my colleagues in productive discussions.

Thanks to the instructors of MA ELM 550, Deborah Zornes and Lesley Lahaye: this four part assignment that explains a process as it unfolds must have been a huge challenge to sort out and a mess to assess. Ironic (and telling) that it was the most instructive! Continue reading

The Oneness of School and Community

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With the exception of the Academic Advisor, the Vancouver School Board (VSB) does not fund non-enrolling teachers in Adult Education, so students must access specialized support within the community. However, the school does have an Outreach Worker, a support staff member charged with helping students connect with services they may need. At this time, the Outreach Worker at Hastings Education Centre has established relationships on behalf of the school with over 100 community services. What follows is an inventory of these resources, an overall evaluation of their strengths and shortcomings, and a discussion about student connection to school and community development. Continue reading

Improving Standard Assessment in Adult Education

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           When considering the implementation of a professional development initiative, the context and culture of the school must be the first consideration. At best, it is futile to offer training that is needed if it is not wanted. At worst, it is harmful to the social health of an organization. This paper proposes the use of a standard assessment in order to measure and improve the accuracy of student placement. The challenge will be successfully launching this initiative in the context of Adult Education (AE) at the Vancouver School Board (VSB). Continue reading

Using Facebook for Collaborative Practice at Hastings Education Centre

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The Vancouver School Board has six Adult Education (AE) schools that offer courses for adults that lead to high school graduation. This paper investigates the leadership of an initiative to implement a technology-mediated environment at one of these six schools, Hastings Education Centre (Hastings). Continue reading

Are We Ready for Facebook?

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This paper considers the readiness of Hastings to use Facebook as a technology-mediated environment to promote informal, balanced, and reciprocal communication intended to strengthen teacher expertise. Using a soft systems analysis, it will address the needs and perspectives of various stakeholders including, teachers, administration, students and the community. Continue reading