Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education (CCRCE) administers educational programs, supports, and services within the boundaries of Colchester County, Cumberland County, Pictou County, and the Municipality of East Hants. Our 65 schools provide excellent educational programming to over 19,000 students in grades Primary to 12, including international students, as well as pre-primary programs. 2021-22 will mark CCRCE’s third year of its System Improvement Plan, Thrive and Achieve. The System Improvement Plan focuses on the region’s collective efforts to implement well-researched and effective strategies that support our school-based Student Success Plans in Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap. This plan also embodies the CCRCE Vision, Mission, and Values that were unveiled in 2018. The system improvement planning process continues to be a shared approach involving the other Regions, the CSAP Board and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD), to further advance our provincial focus on enhancing coherence and alignment in public education.
The 2021-22 budget remains focused on key initiatives that will directly and positively impact the priorities identified in the 2021-22 Business Plan. It should be noted that while the Business Plan follows the fiscal year of April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2021, many priorities and initiatives continue throughout the instructional year from September 2021 to June 2022. In addition to CCRCE’s vision, mission and values and our System Improvement Plan, further
considerations for the Business Plan are as follows:
- The EECD Business Plan 2021-22
- The recommendations from Raise the Bar: A Coherent and Responsive Education Administrative System for Nova Scotia report.
- The recommendations from Students First: the Commission on Inclusive Education Report and the resulting Inclusive Education Policy of Nova Scotia.
It should also be noted that priorities within both the System Improvement Plan and Business Plan reflect our ongoing management of external factors related to operating during a pandemic and Public Health restrictions which have impacted progress and required adjustments to strategy and timelines.
The 2020-21 Annual Report of Achievements section in the 2021-22 Business Plan provides data and evidence of the region’s successful implementation of learning practices. Our approach to school improvement continues to be based on building a culture where educators are inquiring and collaborating to uncover and share successful instructional practices on how to support all students to succeed. The approach also follows the improvement framework via the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Student Success Planning process.