Department of Education, English Programs Division Newsletter
2005-2006
Dear Fellow Educators:

I would like to welcome you to the first edition of the English Programs Newsletter for the 2005-2006 school year. In this issue, you will note some of the major initiatives that each curriculum specialist is working on. This will give you a flavour for the diversity and scope of the programs and initiatives underway this year. I encourage you to contact us should you wish to provide feedback or information about these or other topics.

This year I have two main roles: Acting Director of English Programs and Secondary Education Coordinator. Some of the tasks that I have include supporting and coordinating program and curriculum work for grades 1-12, chairing the Senior High and Intermediate Standing Committees, and representing English Programs in regional curriculum initiatives.

The beginning of this school year has seen the arrival of many new teachers and a number of administrative changes in our public school system. I recently had the opportunity and pleasure to meet many of the newly hired teachers at the first series of Beginning Teacher Induction Program meetings. English Programs, too, has seen a number of changes since last school year. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the new staff in our division. They include Sheila Barnes (Elementary Education Coordinator), Debbie Gallant (Reading RecoveryTM Teacher Leader), Jonathan Hayes (Secondary Math/Science Curriculum Specialist) and Gary Pyke (Secondary Career Technology/Trades Program Specialist).

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many teachers and administrators who work with the staff in English Programs to produce quality curricula and services for the children in our province. Best wishes to each and every one of you for a successful school year.

Clayton Coe
Acting Director of English Programs and Secondary Education Coordinator

Sheila Barnes
Elementary Education Coordinator
  • Coordinate curriculum development, implementation and maintenance at the elementary level
  • Chair the Elementary Standing Committee
  • Develop an implementation plan for the regionally-developed resource called Planning for Curriculum Integration: A Resource for Educators
  • Support curriculum specialists who have elementary level responsibilities in the work they do
Vicki AllenCook
Arts/Music Curriculum Specialist
  • Complete draft grades 1-3 and 10-12 Visual Arts curriculum guides
  • Complete grade 4-6 Specific Curriculum Outcomes for the Visual Arts
  • Support the ArtsSmarts Program
Joan Connell
Secondary Language Arts Curriculum Specialist
  • Complete Phase 1 of the Literacy 7-9 project in January 2006 and plan Phase 2 for February 2006
  • Communicate Minimum Requirements Guidelines for all senior high academic and general core English courses to all Island high schools
  • Provide new resources for English 451/551/651 to all high schools
Bethany Doiron
Social Studies Curriculum Specialist
  • Facilitate in-services for grade 7 Social Studies curriculum and resources
  • Coordinate pilots for Social Studies in grades 1-2 and grade 8
  • Continue work on the revision of the grade 6 PEI History curriculum and resources
  • Lead curriculum development in Geography 521/621 and Law 521/531
Debbie Gallant
Reading Recovery™ Teacher Leader
  • Meet with seven Reading Recovery™ teachers-in-training twice a month
  • Teach the Reading Recovery™ series of lessons to children at Ellerslie Elementary on a daily basis
  • Collect data from teachers regarding the progress of students in Reading Recovery™
  • Prepare an annual provincial report that helps to direct planning and implementation of Reading Recovery™
Jonathan Hayes
Secondary Math/Science Curriculum Specialist
  • Provide Mathematics and Science curriculum support (grades 7 to 12)
  • Revise and pilot the PEI/CAMET Chemistry 521/621 curriculum
  • Develop the curriculum and resources for Mathematics 801
Leisa Holmes Albert
Elementary English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist
  • Implement the Atlantic Canada Reading Assessment Resource for Grade 4
  • Complete development of the Atlantic Canada Reading Assessment Resource for Grade 5
  • Renew learning resources for guided and independent reading instruction in grades 1-4
  • Provide in-service and support for board/district, schools and teachers
Bill MacIntyre
Elementary Math/Science Specialist
  • Conduct grade 5 Science implementation in-services
  • Conduct grade 6 Science implementation in-services
  • Provide Mathematics and Science curriculum support (grades 1 to 6)
Lori MacPherson
Health/Physical Education Curriculum Specialist
  • Develop a framework for the new grades 1-9 health curriculum.
  • Work with the elementary health curriculum committee to develop a revised provincial health curriculum for grades 1-3
  • Provide in-service to new health teachers for sexuality units in grades 6-9
  • Implement revised C.A.R.E. kits for grades 1-3
  • Support the maintenance of the physical education curriculum
Ray McDearmid
Reading Recovery™ Teacher Leader
  • Lead monthly in-services for all continuing contact Reading Recovery™ teachers to help them plan and implement effective individual instruction
  • Teach the Reading Recovery™ series of lessons to children at Westwood Primary
  • Collect data from teachers regarding the progress of students in Reading Recovery™
  • Prepare an annual provincial report that helps to direct planning and implementation of Reading Recovery™
Brenda Millar
Transitions Specialist
  • Review and develop career-related initiatives such as the PEI Trades Strategy
  • Develop the Biology 631A curriculum
  • Co-develop Mathematics 801A and Law 521/531A curriculum
  • Co-facilitate the Student AWAL/ Take Our Kids To Work and AWAL Workshops for high school teachers
  • Support School Boards in the development of an Off Campus Education Procedures Manual
Gary Pyke
Secondary Career Technology\Trades Program Specialist
  • Participate in the development of the PEI Trades Strategy for integration in the secondary school system in partnership with Holland College, the Apprenticeship Training Division, and Industry
  • Develop a grade 10 introductory Trades and Technology Career Exploration course
  • Provide support to grades 7-12 career technology courses and local programs