The Better Education Starts Today (BEST)
Engagement and Advisory Groups
The Better Education Starts Today (BEST) Strategy will transform Manitoba’s K-12 Education system. To ensure the voices of Manitobans are reflected in the design, implementation and decisions, a series of formal advisory groups will be established. Below is a summary of each group.
Parent Engagement Task Force
The province has established a Parent Engagement Task Force to guide public input and provide advice to the government on how to move forward with parent engagement as a key component of education reform in Manitoba.
The Task Force will engage directly with Manitoba parents and caregivers through a series of 15 regional meetings scheduled for later this month and June to understand about the role of school community councils, how parent engagement can be strengthened and the resources they need to be successful. The province is also hosting four telephone town halls and targeted workshops with parent advisory councils, school leaders and social service organizations. Following their engagement with Manitobans, the Task Force will make recommendations to the Minister to inform the work of this priority action going forward.
Access the Parent Engagement Task Force Terms of Reference information
|Scott Johnston (chair)||MLA for Assiniboia|
|Ian Wishart (vice-chair)||MLA for Portage La Prairie|
|Janice Morley-Lecomte (vice-chair)||MLA for Seine River|
|Terry Brown||K to 12 Review Commissioner (Parent Representative)|
|Amanda Gurke||Turtle River/Indigenous Inclusion Directorate Advisory Committee (Parent Representative)|
|Pamela Nowosad-Federowich||Brandon (Parent Representative)|
|Jason Perring||Louis Riel School (Parent Representative)|
|Rachel Smith||Family Advocate Network (Parent Representative)|
|Jodene Baker||Winnipeg (Parent Representative)|
|Mike Babb||Winnipeg (Principal)|
|Susanne Marius||Francophone/French Immersion (Principal)|
|Brent Hauser||Southwest Horizon (Principal)|
|Colin Campbell||Hanover (Assistant Superintendent)|
|Don McCaskill||Frontier (Area Superintendent)|
Teachers’ Idea Fund Review Panel
The Idea Fund accepts proposals from teachers, school staff and leaders. The Teachers’ Idea Fund Review Panel members will review and approve applications and provide ongoing guidance and implementation support to recipients. Panel members will also be invited to identify other individuals within their field that could also provide mentorship and/or research capacity to the successful applicants.
|Jeff Anderson||Louis Riel School Division|
|Marni Brownell||University of Manitoba|
|Chuck Davidson||Manitoba Chambers of Commerce|
|René Déquier||Division scolaire franco-manitobaine|
|Heather Duncan||Brandon University|
|John Ferris||inVision Edge|
|Paul Ilchena||Manitoba Association of School Business Officials|
|Ryley Larway||River East Transcona School Division Adult Education|
|Glenys MacLeod||Manitoba Education|
|Nora Murdock||Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre|
|Anna Stokke||University of Winnipeg|
The Student Advisory Council consists of 30 students, aged 14 to 18, with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds, and perspectives from across Manitoba. Council members will provide insights and advice to the Minister of Education regarding current and emerging issues and topics that relate to Manitoba Kindergarten to Grade 12 students. Students will form a network to advance innovation and improvement in Manitoba’s education system.
|Aadvika Mukherjee||Grade 9 student at Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg|
|Aidan Tully||Grade 11 student at St. Paul’s Collegiate in Prairie Rose School Division|
|Allison Beaumont||Grade 9 student at Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute in Beautiful Plains School Division|
|Ashton Kaleta||Grade 12 student at Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School in Mountain View School Division|
|Bijan Salimi||Grade 11 student at Morden Collegiate in Western School Division|
|Breanna Bacala||Grade 12 student at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Pembina Trails School Division|
|Breanna Roussin||Grade 12 student at Balmoral Hall School in Winnipeg|
|Brooklynne Grieger||Grade 10 student at Collège Miles Macdonell Collegiate in River East Transcona School Division|
|Bunny Davis-Holstein||Grade 12 student at Technical Vocational High School in Winnipeg School Division|
|Celena Atchison||Grade 11 student at Seven Oaks Met School in Seven Oaks School Division|
|Christyna Caldwell||Grade 12 student at Hamiota Collegiate in Park West School Division|
|Clark Kernaghan||Grade 12 student at École Kelvin High School in Winnipeg School Division|
|Eric Wang||Grade 10 student at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg|
|Heavendeep Kaur Nandwal||Grade 12 student at Glenlawn Collegiate in Louis Riel School Division|
|Janik Grenier||Grade 12 student at École régionale Notre-Dame in Division scolaire franco-manitobaine|
|Joshua Nienhuis||Grade 11 student at Springfield Collegiate Institute in Sunrise School Division|
|Kamryn Brown||Grade 12 student at R.D. Parker Collegiate in the School District of Mystery Lake|
|Katherine Dueck||Grade 12 student at Green Valley School in Hanover School Division|
|Kaydon Laurin||Graduate of the Class of 2021 at Murdoch MacKay Collegiate in River East Transcona School Division|
|Lenea Perrin||Grade 9 student at Steinbach Regional Secondary School in Hanover School Division|
|Lily Rich||Grade 11 student at Balmoral Hall School in Winnipeg|
|Namirembe Afatsawo||Grade 10 student at Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute in Kelsey School Division|
|Pearl Janman||Grade 9 student at Dakota Collegiate in Louis Riel School Division|
|Rania Ibrahim||Grade 11 student at University of Winnipeg Collegiate in Winnipeg|
|Rebecca Cheasley||Grade 11 student at Birtle Collegiate Institute in Park West School Division|
|Ryan Malabanan||Grade 11 student at Sisler High School in Winnipeg School Division|
|Skylar MacLean||Grade 10 student at Westwood Collegiate in St. James-Assiniboia School Division|
|Suroor Ajani||Grade 11 student at Erickson Collegiate Institute in Rolling River School Division|
|Tairan He||Grade 11 student at Vincent Massey High School in Brandon School Division|
|Vuk Roca||Grade 11 student at Garden City Collegiate in Seven Oaks School Division|
Established July 2021.
Curriculum Advisory Panel
The Curriculum advisory panel will provide focused input on the curriculum framework at key points within the development cycle. Its members will provide feedback representing diverse perspectives. For the complete terms of reference see the Curriculum Advisory Panel Terms of Reference.
The panel will be comprised of members from a broad representation of individuals and organizations including students, parents, educators, school and system leaders, Indigenous partners, and businesses.
Recruitment is underway.
Funding Review Team
This team will be responsible for developing a new funding model for public education in Manitoba. This will incorporate the phase out of education property taxes and ensuring a fair, equitable and transparent funding model is delivered.
Education stakeholders, provincial departments, the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.
Recruitment underway for team members and advisory members via the Education Expression of Interest.
Minister’s Advisory Council on Inclusive Education
The objective of the Council is to provide recommendations to the Minister with a focus on ensuring timely access to assessment, learning supports, and clinical services for students with special needs; implementing a standardized reporting mechanism aligned with the provincial report card; and reviewing investments and professional learning needs to enhance classroom supports. For the complete terms of reference, see the Inclusive Education Advisory Council Terms of Reference.
Key stakeholders, or those in the public with expertise related to special learning needs, will be key in seeking diversity of perspective, geographic representation, and experience.
|Allan Hawkins||Manitoba Education|
|Kendra Gowler||Student Services Administrators’ Association of Manitoba|
|Janet Forbes||Inclusion Winnipeg|
|David Kron||Children’s Coalition|
|John Leggat||St. Amant|
|Stephanie Skakun||Canadian Mental Health Association—Manitoba and Winnipeg|
|Kathleen Vyrauen||Newcomer Education Coalition|
|Myra Laramee||New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families Inc.|
|Sandra Goff||Family Advocacy Network of Manitoba|
|Brenda Brazeau||Manitoba Association of Parent Councils|
|Lars Fielberg||Student Services Administrators’ Association of Manitoba|
|Rob Fisher||The Manitoba Teachers’ Society|
|Jennifer Young||The Manitoba Teachers’ Society|
|Robert Charach||Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools|
Established June 2021.
Task Force on Poverty and Education
The Task Force, in connection to the Poverty Reduction Strategy, will examine the linkages between poverty and education and support the implementation of strategies to improve engagement and outcomes for all students.
Key stakeholder with expertise poverty-related issue – will be key to seek diversity of perspective, geographic representation, and experience
Targeted recruitment with organizations underway to identify representatives. Educators will also be identified through the Expression of Interest.
Indigenous Inclusion Directorate Advisory Council
The Indigenous Inclusion Directorate Advisory Council (IIDAC) is to provide advice, guidance and recommendations to the Director of the Indigenous Inclusion Directorate (IID) on matters as they relate to initiatives and action areas within Nursery – Grade 12 education.
|Starlett Beardy||Youth Representative|
|Colleen Clearsky||First Nation Education Director|
|Amanda Gurke||Parent (rural)|
|Mona Moquin||Full Circle for Indigenous education (previously known as Aboriginal Circle of Educators)|
|Shirley Thompson||Parent (rural)|
|Diedre Desmarais||Co-Chair (Kiskentamowin Representative)|
|Dan Ward||Cultural Representative|
This Council was established prior to the launch of the BEST Strategy.
Attendance Task Force
This Task Force will provide the Deputy Minister of Education with updates on the mandate of the Task Force which include: key child-serving departments make school attendance a policy and programming priority (Education, Families, Justice and Indigenous and Northern Relations); meetings with educational partners that emphasize the importance of school attendance; and work with school divisions to develop strategies to improve attendance.
|Sel Burrows||Community Member|
|Kent Dueck||Community Member|
|Barb Isaak||Manitoba Association of School Superintendents|
|Celia Caetano-Gomes||Winnipeg School Division|
|Pauline Clarke||Winnipeg School Division|
|Reg Klassen||Frontier School Division|
|Tyson MacGillivary||Frontier School Division|
|Scott DeJaegher||Indigenous and Northern Relations|
|Emily Keijzer||Indigenous and Northern Relations|
This Task Force was established prior to the launch of the BEST strategy.