Strengthening Local Voices

Strengthening Local Voices in Education

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) is gathering information from Nova Scotians – students, staff, families, and the public – as it takes steps to strengthen local voices in Nova Scotia’s school system. Stay tuned for updates on our engagement work here.

Nova Scotia is committed to supporting local voice and improving opportunities for school community members to provide feedback and input that supports student achievement and well-being.

Phase 1 of Engagement:

  • The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) engaged with School Advisory Councils (SACs) through an online survey, an online townhall using software called ThoughtExchange, and regional focus groups.
  • You can read our invitation to participate: English | French
  • You can read our thank you email to SACs: English | French
  • Learn more about SACs here.

Phase 2 of Engagement:

  • Beginning in December 2022 and continuing through winter 2023, EECD gave Nova Scotians the opportunity to provide feedback through an online survey and an online townhall using software called ThoughtExchange.
  • As well, 17 focus groups were held with over 70 participants including English and French staff, students, and Ministerial Advisory groups.

An infographic and on what we heard throughout the engagements is now available here:

What We Heard - Enhancing local voice: public consultation

EECD is using this feedback to develop a governance model that will enhance local voice in the public education system. We will communicate next steps of this work to students, staff, and families early in the new school year.

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