Members of R-Peace participated in an Education Summit held in Sackville in early July. A wide range of business, social and education leaders and policy-makers gathered at the historic Marshland’s Inn in Sackville on July 6-7 to develop a more detailed blueprint for the community-supported education model that has been proposed for Sackville and the Tantramar region of the province (See a report on the summit in the Sackville Tribune Post).
This Education Summit was spearheaded by Assistant Deputy Minister of Education Chris Treadwell and sponsored by the New Brunswick Department of Education, the Town of Sackville and Mount Allison University. The purpose of the summit was to assist the Deputy Minister in thinking through the connections between education and economic and social development. More specifically, those around the table were asked to consider how to support the continued shift towards community-supported education and, how educational reform might provide a template for development both in Sackville and across the Province.
Overall, the summit provided a very positive response to the concept of community-supported education, strong support for the paradigm shift that pedagogical reform represents and, a collection of concrete strategies for the community of Sackville moving forward.
Stay tuned for a more detailed (and interactive!) summary of these proceedings.