CESBA (full name: The Ontario Association of Adult and Continuing Education School Board Administrators) is a provincial non-profit professional association that represents, advocates for and supports adult and continuing education (A&CE) program staff working in nearly 60 school boards across Ontario. In addition to advocacy and professional development opportunities, we support and build capacity for professionals working in the A&CE sector through information, tools, resources and community partnerships.
Our members provide programs to over 300,000 adult learners in Ontario every year. School boards strive to assist learners to obtain their high school diploma and go on to post-secondary education, as well as offer career pathway programs, employment preparation and skills development through credit and non-credit courses.
CESBA was started in 1999 and is an Ontario incorporated non-profit organization. It is governed by a Board of Directors, all from the Ontario A&CE sector.
À propos de CESBA
CESBA (nom complet : Association ontarienne des administrateurs de l’éducation des adultes et de l’éducation permanente des conseils scolaires) est une association professionnelle sans but lucratif qui représente et soutient le personnel chargé de l’éducation des adultes et de l’éducation permanente (EAEP) dans une soixantaine de conseils scolaires de l’Ontario. Outre les initiatives d’intervention et de perfectionnement professionnel, CESBA aide à développer la capacité des professionnels du secteur de l’EAEP par l’information, des outils et des ressources ainsi que des partenariats communautaires.
Nos membres offrent des programmes à quelque 300 000 apprenantes et apprenants adultes en Ontario chaque année. Les conseils scolaires ont pour vocation d’aider ces derniers à obtenir leur diplôme d’études secondaires et à poursuivre des études supérieures, et offrent des programmes de cheminement de carrière, de préparation à l’emploi et de perfectionnement des compétences ainsi que des cours avec et sans crédit.
CESBA est une association qui a été créée en 1999 et est constituée en organisme sans but lucratif en Ontario. L’organisme est régi par un Conseil d’administration. Les administratrices et administrateurs viennent tous du secteur ontarien de l’EAEP.
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Bernadette Beaupré, Executive Director
416-597-1904, ext. 1
Lori Neale, Project Coordinator
416-597-1904, ext. 2
Brittany Howlett, Communications & Social Marketing Coordinator
416-597-1904, ext. 4
Urszula Mazur, Administrator/Project Coordinator
416-597-1904, ext. 3
CESBA’s Board of Directors is elected by the membership during the Annual General Meeting. The current Board is comprised of professional educators from a broad range of school boards. The Board welcomes questions, feedback, ideas and opinions from CESBA members and others interested in promoting Adult & Continuing Education in Ontario.
CESBA Board of Directors 2016-2017
Standing left to right: Jean-Pierre Durette, Ed Stavnitzky, Julie Bodiam, Jeff Moore,
Seated left to right: Shirley Graham, Deborah Cook, Len Noens
|Name and Position||School Board||Joined|
|Shirley Graham, Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||Ottawa Carleton||2013|
|Jeff Moore, Co-Chairemail@example.com||Hamilton-Wentworth||2016|
|Julie Bodiam, Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||Upper Grand|
|Deborah Cook, Directoremail@example.com||York Region|
|Jean-Pierre Durette, Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario||2016|
|Len Noens, Directoremail@example.com||London District Catholic||2016|
|Ed Stavnitzky, Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||District School Board of Niagara||2016|
CESBA has seven active committees each consisting of members who have volunteered to take a provincial leadership role in a program offered by adult, alternative or continuing education by Ontario school boards . CESBA members, in good standing, can choose to be part of committees and those members who decide not to join a committee still benefit from the work of their colleagues.
CESBA committees organize events, identify new and needed resources and work with the CESBA Executive Director to highlight procedures and regulations implemented by funding bodies. Any CESBA member can access the committee pages to review the work being accomplished and access the information/resources posted. These pages are not accessible to the public without a CESBA membership.
Committee members are elected by the membership and serve for at least two years. The Chairs of the Committees work collaboratively with the CESBA office and Board of Directors to provide direction to the organization. Eligibility to join some CESBA committees may be restricted to practicing administrators in specific program areas.
The CESBA Committees are:
The Conference Planning Committee organizes the Fall conference with the CESBA Office.
The Adult Credit/PLAR Committee addresses membership needs in the adult secondary school credit programs of Ontario school boards, and in the implementation/delivery of the Mature PLAR programs with the goal to provide advice, identify resources, and offer support.
The Literacy Basic Skills Committee works with the CESBA Executive Director to implement CESBA’s MAESD business plan. The members examine and address the needs of LBS across the Ontario School Board sector and provide pre-conference training and information to LBS Managers. They contribute to and promote leadership expertise through the development of new training materials for the lbspractitionertraining.com website and assemble tools for best practices in the field. CESBA receives provincial funding to support school board LBS programs and the LBS Committee provides direction for this effort.
The English and French Second Language Committee, which also serves to address LINC programs offered by school boards, provides direction for CESBA project work funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and organizes two pre-conference/colloquium events annually for coordinators.
The Personal Support Worker (PSW) Committee consists of staff in a leadership capacity in PSW school board programs. They help to ensure the MAESD PSW Education Standards in PSW education are maintained and developed through: conference meetings, resource sharing and collaboration days. They also provide information and support with PSW school board accreditation. They work in partnership with MAESD, EDU and MOHLTC.
The International Languages Committee is intended to support those administrators who have responsibility for the International Language Elementary Programs (SK to Grade 8 eligible students – 2.5 hours per week – mandated by EDU and required to be delivered by school boards) and the Classical and International Languages Secondary Credit courses. The committee serves as a point of expertise and information for those new to the IL world and it serves as a place for discussing best practices across the province. The committee usually meets at the annual CESBA Conference, but is often called upon to give advice to CESBA when questions arise about International Languages in Continuing Education.
Le Groupe des affaires francophones regroupe les intervenants des douze conseils scolaires de langue française de l’Ontario ainsi que ses partenaires pour aborder tout sujet de l’heure lié aux domaines de l’éducation permanente, de l’éducation des adultes, de l’éducation alternative, de l’alphabétisation et la formation de base des adultes et de tout autre programme connexe. Ce comité permet de partager les pratiques réussies et les expériences ou projets variés de chacun et d’offrir des occasions de formation, de discussion et de réseautage afin de répondre aux besoins spécifiques propres à nos communautés. Nous assurons une représentation équitable des trois grandes régions de la province, en plus de maintenir une liaison étroite avec l’association provinciale et y contribuant notre perspective francophone, ainsi qu’en participant à divers autres comités de CESBA.
CESBA’s bylaws set out the rules of membership, election of officers and board members, and describe the operational principles of the association. You can learn more about CESBA Membership on our Membership website.
CESBA has two membership classes:
CLASS ONE: Full School Board Membership
This *class is made up of school boards that deliver adult, alternative and continuing education programs in Ontario school boards.
Full Board Membership Privileges (the individual school board becomes a member of CESBA):
- They will be part of the school board network and receive non-partisan news and information on the latest developments in A&CE
- They will receive invitations to vote at the AGM and elect new CESBA leaders!
- They will receive invitations to participate in research projects related to new ways of delivering integrated A&CE programs.
- They will receive invitations to participate in professional development events such as regional meetings and the annual conference that are tailored to your needs.
- They will receive discounts on registration fees for our annual conference (based on budget size and fee paid);
- They will receive member alerts including exclusive information on new funding sources and Calls For Proposal processes
CLASS 2: Associate Membership
This *class is for individuals with an interest in adult, alternative and continuing education in Ontario.
Associate Membership Privileges:
- Associate members will receive the monthly newsletter;
- They will receive “member alerts” which include exclusive information related to Adult and Continuing Education in Ontario;
- They will be involved in public policy issues related to adult and continuing education.
CESBA receives core and project funding to coordinate the work of school board Literacy & Basic Skills (LBS) programs of the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities. See CESBA’s Service Charter and Code of Practice for LBS School Board Administrators:
Supporting Learner Gains Assessment Implementation for LBS Programs in Ontario
The LBS Sector and Stream organizations are working in partnership with the Ministry to deliver a project, led by the College Sector Committee for Academic Upgrading, to support LBS programs with implementation of Learner Skill Gains.
Learner Skill Gains (LSG) is the final element to be introduced in the “Effectiveness” component of the Performance Management Framework. LSG will involve assessing learners’ essential skills at both program start and end to determine the “skill gain” of learners. A Ministry-endorsed assessment tool will be identified prior to a planned implementation date of April 2015 followed by full implementation in 2016.
The “Supporting Learner Gains Assessment Implementation for LBS Programs in Ontario” is a 2-part project. The first is the creation of a web assessment focusing on Level 1 tasks similar to the Essential Skills for Employment and Education web assessment piloted in the fall of 2013 with non-college programs. (A ministry-endorsed tool will be identified prior to implementation.)
The second part is to create a Learner Skill Gains implementation framework to include policies, procedures, best practices and case studies to help programs prepare for the planned implementation in April 2015, leading to a mature Performance Management Framework in April 2016.
The sector and stream organizations will be asking their program members to help shape the creation of an assessment tool focusing on Level 1 learners and to inform the policies, processes and procedures to support programs with implementation.
Watch for more information and requests for participation over the coming weeks and months.
Ministry of Education Funded Project – 2016-2017
CESBA, is working in partnership with the Ministry of Education, to deliver this project. The six areas of work are:
1. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for Mature Students
2. Mobilization of knowledge, networks and innovation to improve practice and demonstrate value of Adult and Continuing Education (A&CE)
3. Electronic Reporting in A&CE
4. Professional Development for New Administrators in A&CE
5. Supporting Regional Planning and Development
6. AES School Improvement Project
CESBA Express Mail Archive
Read past issues of our email newsletter, CESBA Express Mail, in the Archive.
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Please know that the information we provide on Cesba.com and in CESBA Express Mail is intended to bring sector related news and information to your attention. Though we provide information from external sources, the views and opinions stated in non-CESBA websites and resources are solely those of the original authors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of CESBA, its Board, Staff, Consultants, School Boards, Affiliates or contributors to CESBA Express Mail or CESBA.com.