Literacy Work, Upcoming Motions on # of Trustees

Here are the highlights from the February 11, 2020 board meeting:

Strategic Plan Update -Literacy

The board dove into a report on literacy within Edmonton Public Schools, which included the work to measure year-over-year student growth in literacy.  Trustees asked questions about the literacy toolkit in support of First Nations, Metis and Inuit literacy, which has been designed to include levelled readers by indigenous authors.  Trustees also asked about the high school literacy project now underway, work to support English language learners, students with learning disabilities, the impact of the curriculum review.  This discussion illustrates the complex nature of literacy in a large, urban school division.

Trustees asked administration about how the current budget reductions will impact literacy work in the district and staff discussed the need to balance efficiencies with high quality teaching and learning, and the importance of the professional development undertaken so far.


Our board has expressed concerns with a freeze to operational funding for K-12 education, while enrolment growth has been steadily increasing.  In order to ensure that we can advocate for adequate operational funding, I requested that our administration provide the following information specific to Edmonton Public Schools for the past twenty years:

  • The operational revenue EPSB has received from the Alberta Government, our student enrolment, the total revenue we have received divided per student, our enrolment growth, and a measure of inflation.


Trustees Ken Gibson and Michael Janz both put forward notices of motion for the board to debate the number of Trustees representing Edmonton Public Schools in the next municipal election.  Trustee Gibson will move that Trustees be reduced from 9 to 7.  Trustee Janz will move that Trustees be increased from 9 to 12 with Wards that match Edmonton city council wards.

Trustees also learned that the provincial budget will be tabled on February 27th.

If you have any thoughts on these motions, our work on literacy or any other comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: shelagh.dunn@epsb.ca, 780-429-8085.  As always, you can watch our board meeting on YouTube: