Divisions within the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development were restructured in March 2015 to realign more closely with the direction of Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education 2015-The 3 Rs: Renew, Refocus, Rebuild.
The Action Plan was introduced in January to provide a better future for Nova Scotia’s students. The plan focuses on fundamental changes to improve and modernize the education system for the first time in a generation, create an innovative curriculum, promote inclusive school environments and advanced excellence in teaching and leadership.
Provides overall direction, coordination and management of education and early childhood programs and activities.
Provides strategic communications advice to the Minister and department staff on emerging issues, as well as supporting communications planning and leadership for strategic initiatives.
Responsible for providing advice and support in policy, planning, legislation, research coordination, and information and publishing services to all areas of the department.
Strategic Policy and Research coordinates the department's accountability processes including the business plan. It also supports the school board planning processes.
The branch also includes the following responsibilities: library, records management, coordination of appointments to agencies, boards, commissions and advice on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Develops child and family-centered policy and programs for children prior to school entry with a focus on the establishment of an integrated early years system.
The branch works with provincial, regional, and community partners to ensure department policies and programs are evidence-based and support early learning and healthy child development.
Dedicated to the advancement of excellence in teaching and learning. Encompassing student assessment and evaluation, student achievement, educational research and partnerships, and teacher education and certification.
The Centre provides leadership in the design, implementation, and research of innovations in education.
Working with multiple partners in education, the Centre is responsible for introducing new models of teacher education, accreditation of university schools of education, teacher certification, teacher performance management, teacher recruitment, professional learning, leadership development, and research in Nova Scotia schools.
Designs, develops, implements, and evaluates programs, courses, and learning supports to meet the learning needs of all students so they can reach their full potential.
Additional services include on-line learning opportunities (Nova Scotia Virtual School), career exploration and skills supports, and personal development enhancement through innovative programming.
Working with stakeholders and partners, it provides professional development leadership and delivery on all aspects of the public school program.
Responsible for creating, developing, implementing, and evaluating all aspects of public school student support programs and services.
It provides the leadership to strengthen the department’s ability to respond equitably and effectively to all students including those with special needs throughout the province.
This branch is also accountable for providing overall strategic leadership for the programs and services that pertain to Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotia learners.
It establishes and maintains partnerships and agreements with other government departments (federal, provincial, and interprovincial), institutions and community-based agencies to ensure a cohesive and collaborative approach to meet the needs of teachers, parents, and students.
Responsible for the effective design, development, piloting, implementation, and evaluation of programs and courses for Nova Scotia’s French second language public school programs, grades primary to 12, and for working in partnership with the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) regarding French first language programs and services.
The branch also provides direction, leadership, and consultative / advisory services to school boards and their professional staff on matters pertaining to French public school programs.
In addition, it negotiates and coordinates activities related to federal-provincial agreements for French minority language education and French second language instruction as well as coordinates the implementation of national official language programs in Nova Scotia.
Provides financial management, including public education funding, accountability, information technology and facilities management services to the department.
The branch coordinates the department's school capital construction program, including new schools, additions and alterations, and emergency and environmental projects.
It also provides advice on school board labour relations, manages the operations of the Nova Scotia School Book Bureau, along with education related data and statistics.