"Imagine the school of tomorrow" at the 49th congress of the FCSQ

The FCSQ congress is in full swing and dares to “imagine the school of tomorrow” by presenting various workshops that address aspects relevant to the theme.

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The congress of the Federation of Quebec School Boards (FCSQ) is in full swing and dares to “imagine the school of tomorrow” by presenting various workshops that address aspects relevant to the theme.

Here is some information related to this congress, which reached us through press releases.

“While the government is preparing to unveil a policy of educational success, that significant budgets are available for the construction of new schools, that new technologies have an impact on the ways of teaching and the daily lives of students, that the job market evolves, as the relations between the school and its community change, the objective of the congress is to imagine the school of tomorrow. "

The congress, which takes place in Laval on June 1 and 2, notably offers in his program workshops on the theme "Let's dream about school":

  1. The students of tomorrow and their relationship with previous generations
  2. Architecture: the role of the built environment in experience and learning
  3. The digital school: so that it is not a utopia ...
  4. Future skills sought
  5. Work organization 3.0: the issues and challenges of adaptation
  6. Schools at the heart of their community: winning approaches to bring them closer to their community

A group of students will also be invited to give their point of view.

Nearly 400 people, elected school officials, managers and education partners, are expected at this 49th convention of the Federation of Quebec School Boards (FCSQ).


Award of Excellence 2016-2017

On the occasion of the gala kicking off its congress which is taking place this evening and tomorrow on the theme Dream of school, the Federation of Quebec School Boards (FCSQ) awarded its Award of Excellence 2016-2017 to the Portages-de-l'Outaouais, Estuaire, Pointe-de-l'Île, Bois-Francs and Lac-Saint-Jean school boards.

The projects rewarded this year are projects promoting the awareness of students or staff about healthy lifestyles to contribute to their health, well-being and quality of life. The FCSQ received more than a hundred applications, testifying to the pride of school boards in sharing their good practices and their successes. The gala took place under the honorary presidency of the Olympic champion Sylvie Bernier, and they are students of the school boards of Laval and the Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles who offered the artistic performances of the evening.

Preschool and primary

This is the project Dynamo-brain from school St.Paul which earned the Portages-de-l'Outaouais School Board the top prize in the Preschool and primary. Since September 2016, the school team has been using physical activity as a lever for learning. Thus, in a group, half of the students participate in an active training of 20 minutes, while the other half are in class and then switch roles. Active breaks in class between learning concepts have also been introduced to maximize content retention.


The project Feed your brain of the Polyvalente des Rivières enabled the Commission scolaire de l'Estuaire to win the Excellence Award for Secondary. This project originated in a disadvantaged environment where elementary school students did not all have access to three meals a day at home, thus compromising their readiness to learn. To fill this gap, students in special education classes at the high school prepare and pack healthy snacks for the students in the targeted primary schools. Over the years, the absenteeism rate and the dropout rate have declined significantly. This project also allows an openness to difference and recognition towards disabled customers or those with adjustment or learning difficulties who prepare snacks.

Professional training

This is the project Daily warm-up activities – a way of life for the Steel Trades Training Center which earned the Pointe-de-l'Île School Board the Award of Excellence in the category Professional training. Noting that the majority of its students subjected their muscles to stress that could lead to injury, the Center set up a period of daily physical activity with warm-up exercises at the start of the day adapted to each profession taught. There is also a program for office staff. The project is recognized by the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST) and has aroused the interest of several other vocational training centers.

School board services

The category price School board services was awarded to the Bois-Francs School Board for its project The CSBF Sports Group. In order to encourage the practice of a sports activity from elementary school, the school board has created Sports Groups supported by daycare services or by teachers in physical education and health. Nearly 600 children register in the fall and winter for a series of 10 training sessions plus three inter-school games. Each session gives way to a different sport. Each sequence is crowned by a gathering in a secondary school for all the young people who take part.

Adult education

The project awarded in this category is called Teipakwah project: indigenous collective kitchen of the Lac-Saint-Jean School Board. It is to meet a need expressed by adults from the Native reserve. Obedjiwan, who frequent the Flag of employability training the project was set up. With the help of a chef, students develop a menu with products from their community and add new, healthy and affordable foods. Food is then returned to participants at a low cost for the benefit of their families.

Special mention

The jury of Prize of excellence also gave a special mention to the Commission scolaire du Lac-Saint-Jean for the project I take charge of my health from school St-Joseph d'Hébertville. This program allows elementary students to become independent in various sports activities, such as skating, swimming and board sports. The food component is also under development.

A showcase for the quality of the public education system

The Awards of Excellence gala was broadcast live on Facebook Live and will be available on the FCSQ website and social media. Videos of each of the winning projects as well as interviews conducted with the winners during the gala are also available on the Federation's website. The winners of the Excellence Awards will also be the subject of a special publication at the start of the 2017 school year.

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