Diversity and the Challenge of Transforming Policy into Practice

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Each of the ten provinces in Canada has exclusive jurisdiction over the provision of education from pre-school to the university level. The focus of this presentation is the provision of educational services to adults to the level of a first diploma (generally the equivalent of 11 to 13 years of schooling). The models of service delivery for elementary, secondary, adult and vocational education vary from province to province. In the province of Quebec, a network of linguistic school boards (9 English and 60 French) is in place to provide elementary, secondary, adult education (over 16 years of age) and vocational training services (142 programs leading to diploma).
Since the adoption of the Québec Government Policy on Adult Education and Continuing Education and Training in 2002, school boards have been implementing changes to the curriculum for adult learners and expanding their service provisions with respect to their information, advice and guidance services as well as to their recognition of prior learning services. The aforementioned services are generally identified by their acronyms SARCA (services d’accueil, de référence, du conseil et d’accompagnement) and RAC (reconnaissance des acquis et des compétences).
This workshop will: provide an overview of the aims and objectives of the SARCA and RAC services; describe the strategies adopted by the English school boards to translate government policy aims into functioning services; describe the implementation design and the operational plan that resulted in making these services available to a diverse and widely-dispersed English-speaking population; present an evaluation of the success of their efforts to date; and, will describe future plans for consolidating these services.
The presenters of this workshop are affiliated to PROCEDE (Provincial Organization of Continuing Education Directors, English) a professional body whose members are the directors of adult education and vocational training services of the English school boards.


Keywords: Adult Education, Vocational Training, Information, Advice and Guidance, Recognition of Prior Learning, Policy Implementation, Minority Education
Stream: Educational Leadership and Management
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: Diversity and the Challenge of Transforming Policy into Practice


Cosmo Della Rocca

Assistant Director of Adult and Vocational Services, English Montreal School Board
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Cosmo Della Rocca is the Assistant Director of Adult and Vocation Services of the English Montreal School Board (EMSB). The EMSB is an urban school board and serves the central and eastern sections of the island city of Montreal. It is the largest English school board in Quebec. The EMSB operates 40 elementary schools, 17 secondary schools, 11 outreach schools, 10 social affairs institutions and 11 adult and vocational centres. Currently, there are more than 38,000 children, youth and adults enrolled in its schools and centres.

Anita Duwel

Coordinator of Adult & Professional Education Services, New Frontiers School Board
Châteauguay, Quebec, Canada

Anita Duwel is the Coordinator of Adult and Professional Education Services for the New Frontiers School Board (NFSB). The NFSB territory is located south of Montreal to the New York State border and provides services to both urban and rural populations. With less than 5000 students, NFSB is one of the smallest school boards in Quebec with 10 elementary schools, 2 secondary schools and 3 adult and vocational centres.

Rob Buttars

Director of Continuing Education, Education, New Frontiers School Board
Châteauguay, Quebec, Canada

Rob Buttars is the Director of Continuing Education for the New Frontiers School Board (NFSB). The NFSB territory is located south of Montreal to the New York State border and provides services to both urban and rural populations. With less than 5000 students NFSB is one of the smallest school boards in Quebec with 10 elementary schools, 2 secondary schools and 3 adult and vocational centres. In addition to supervising adult and vocational training, Rob is the school boards representative for community partnerships, community relations and Community Learning Centre projects.

Louise Beaupré

Director, Adult Education and Career Training Centre, Riverside School Board
St. Lambert, Quebec, Canada

The Riverside School Board serves the residents of over 150 municipalities on the South Shore of the Saint Laurence River. It covers a territory of more than 7,500 square kilometres that extends from Sorel in the North, to Sainte-Catherine in the West and South to the United States border several kilometres east of the Richelieu River. The student population includes 10,000 students registered in elementary, secondary, adult and career education programs. The school board operates 20 elementary schools and 5 high schools, as well as adult (600 adult learners) and career centers (150 students taking programs in the fields of Administration, Health and Construction trades).

Walter Duszara

Consultant, PROCEDE (Provincial Organization of Continuing Education Directors, English)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Walter Duszara is a retired adult educator, senior school board administrator and senior manager in the education ministry. For the past five years he has served as consultant to school boards, government departments, university departments and community organizations on policy development, strategic planning and policy implementation. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education, McGill University, member of the Advisory Board on English Education (ABEE) and Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Community Table, a steering body for a network of regional community economic development and employability committees (CEDECs).

Johanne Brabant

Director, Adult Education and Vocational Training, Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board
Rosemère, Quebec, Canada

Johanne Brabant is the Director of Adult Education and Vocational Training and Center Director for the Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier School Board. The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board is the third largest English school board of the Province of Québec. Its territory comprises the administrative regions of Laval, Lanaudière, and the Laurentides, spanning over 35 000 square kilometers. The student population is over 15 000 students, attending classes in 26 elementary schools, 10 secondary schools and 5 adult and vocational training centres.

Ruth Ahern

Director of Education, Western Quebec School Board, PROCEDE (Provincial Organization of Continuing Education Directors, English)
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Ruth Ahern is the Director of Education for the Western Quebec School Board (WQSB) and current President of PROCEDE. The WQSB covers a territory (approximately 100 000 square kilometres) nearly twice the size of the province of Nova Scotia stretching from the Ottawa-Gatineau border in the south, north to Rouyn-Noranda and running from Namur in the east to Temiscaming in the west. The school board operates 29 elementary and secondary schools (7000 students) and 5 adult and vocational centres (1400 adult learners). In addition to its youth sector and its general and vocational education programs the WQSB provides made-to-measure training to business and organizations.

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