Education Standard Development Committee
About the Committee
The Education Standard Development Committee will assist the Accessibility Advisory Board with making recommendations to the Minister of Justice on the content and implementation of a proposed standard to prevent and remove barriers to accessibility in public and private early childhood, primary, secondary, and post-secondary education, including the Nova Scotia School of Adult Learning.
Members will serve on the committee for a term of 3 years.
Meeting location and frequency
Meetings will happen in Halifax every 6 - 8 weeks, as determined by the Chair, depending on work volume and timelines. Members will also be expected to conduct work outside of the meetings.
Committee size and composition
The Education Standard Development Committee must have at least 10 but no more than 20 members, including the chair and vice-chair.
The committee must include:
- persons with disabilities, or representatives from organizations that represent persons with disabilities (half of committee members)
- representatives from sectors impacted by the standards, such as private and public early childhood, primary, secondary, and post-secondary education
- representatives from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and Department of Labour and Advanced Education
Members of the Accessibility Advisory Board can be committee members.
Committee members who aren’t provincial public service employees will be paid for their time.
|Position||Compensation per meeting|
|Member||$100 plus expenses|
|Vice-chair||$150 plus expenses|
|Chair||$200 plus expenses|
Member selection criteria
Members will be selected based on:
- experience and expertise, as outlined in eligibility requirements
- committee composition requirements under the Accessibility Act
- diversity considerations, including geographical location, gender, disability, ethnicity, expertise, and experience
Members must have:
- demonstrated leadership in, knowledge of, and commitment to identifying, preventing and removing barriers to accessibility in education.
- demonstrated experience and expertise in one or more of the following: public or private early childhood education, public or private primary education, public or private secondary education, public or private post-secondary education, teacher education
- demonstrated experience and expertise in one or more of the following subject areas:
- awareness and capacity building in accessibility and inclusive education
- transition planning between education systems and into employment or community living
- assistive devices and technology
- inclusive teaching and learning environments
- inclusive decision-making
- academic accommodations
Members should also have:
- Informed judgment:
- ability to provide wise, thoughtful contributions from a broad perspective
- ability to analyze information, and ask relevant, strategic questions
- ability to consider the perspectives of diverse stakeholder groups
- capacity for intellectual humility and self-awareness of personal biases
- ability to understand issues by considering underlying causes, and to propose solutions
- Integrity and accountability:
- willingness to be accountable for committee decisions
- commitment to meeting the expectations outlined in the committee terms of reference
- motivation to serve not in one’s own interests, but in the interests of Nova Scotians
- Impact and influence:
- awareness of the impact of system-level issues, policies, and decisions on public interests
- capacity to be sensitive to the diverse needs and interests of multiple stakeholders
- High motivation and commitment to excellence:
- commitment and keen interest in playing a leadership role in developing accessibility standards in education that will lead to equitable access to education for persons with disabilities
The deadline for member applications was 17 January 2019.
The Accessibility Advisory Board is reviewing applications against the selection criteria and will recommend potential members for the Minister’s approval. Applicants will be notified of decisions by March 2019.
If you have questions or want to submit your application in an alternate format, contact the Accessibility Directorate.
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