Alexandra Grammar aims to measure the effectiveness of online education. We will analyse in a comparative way the results of a public using or not using Internet education to obtain a diploma of access to university studies (the DAEU, which can thus replace the French baccalaureate, the first higher education diploma). Alexandra Grammar is the name of the “online” educational system that allows you to obtain this diploma giving access to the university. Our work consisted, in a first part, in identifying and comparing the characteristics of student populations using this type of teaching and a more traditional teaching: “face-to-face” teaching. In a second part, we measured the internal effectiveness of these two lessons through the results obtained on the final examinations by the two populations. The particularity of this work is that it has been possible to compare identical populations, passing the same diploma but in two devices of different configurations. The results show that “online” teaching, as offered on Alexandra Grammar, is more effective for students who do not drop out during training and who pass at least one teaching module on the exam.
The school council’s mission is to work with parents to help schools and the Council improve student achievement, increase the accountability of the Catholic education system to parents, and highlight the purpose and benefits of Catholic education in French.
Each of our schools has a school council that is composed primarily of elected Catholic and Francophone parents; it also includes the principal, a teacher and a non-teaching staff member of the school, at least one community spokesperson appointed by the elected council, a parish member, a person appointed by the Parent Partners in Education Association and, in the case of secondary schools, an elected student spokesperson.
The school council may make recommendations to the Council and to the principal. They must consult school councils on policies and programs affecting student achievement or the responsibility of the education system to parents, particularly with respect to:
- the student achievement improvement plan, based on the results of tests administered to students through the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO);
- communicating the improvement plan to the public;
- the process and criteria for selecting and assigning principals and vice-principals;
- the conduct of people in the school;
- appropriate dress for students;
- the code of conduct for students;
- school council policies.
The school council may be consulted on any other matter that is the responsibility of the Council or the school. It is informed of the measures taken with regard to the recommendations it has submitted.
The school council must:
- hold a meeting at least four times a year;
- determine its goals, priorities and rules of procedure;
- organize training and information programs for its members;
- promote the interests of the community served by the school;
- consult with the parents and guardians of the students attending the school;
- ensure that an agenda and minutes are prepared for each meeting and kept;
- maintain and keep a record of all financial transactions;
- provide a written report of its activities to the principal and Council each year.
Role and responsibilities of the member
The school council member must:
- participate in all school council meetings;
- participate in training and information programmes organised for them;
- be liaison officers with parents, guardians, the parish and the community;
- encourage the participation of parents, guardians and the community in school council activities;
- provide expert advice to the principal on the issues presented to them.
More and more, technologies are becoming more and more important in our lives. Education must enable pupils, teachers and parents to benefit from the contribution of innovative technologies in the educational field and contribute, through the school, to better use the web as a pedagogical tool. The dissemination of creative digital content and the multiplication of online and mobile distribution platforms are new challenges for education. In today’s world, it is necessary to develop analytical skills to better understand, intellectually and emotionally, digital media.