Last spring the Sunshine Coast Board of Education planned a fall forum to gather community input on educational opportunities in our district. Unfortunately, the event has now been postponed, but I would still like to hear about your ideas for innovative program ideas for the Sunshine Coast.
So, tell me:
What things do we do well in our district?
What things do we need to improve on?
What type of programs would you most like to see expanded (or initiated)?
Langdale is on track to becoming the hippest neighbourhood in North America!
Or at least breaking the Top 5. Continue reading
The next regular meeting of the Sunshine Coast Board of Education will be Feb. 08, 2011, 7:00pm, at the School Board office. Did you know that the agendas for regular public meetings are available on the Friday prior to meetings? You can find the full February agenda here. If you can’t attend the meeting, express yourself here, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading
I have followed Geoffrey Canada’s grand initiatives–aimed at improving success for impoverished children–quite closely.
Admittedly, it’s not entirely by choice. He is inspirational, but a lot of my knowledge about him is due to the fact that I have a Google alert set up to send me any news stories related to the key words “Education” and “Canada.”
Mostly I’m looking for educational news related to Canada, the country, not Canada, the guy. But it turns out he’s doing some great work in one of America’s poorest, most dangerous communities.
“We are trying to level the playing field, so poor kids have the same opportunities to become happy, productive members of society,” he said. “We start with kids as early as possible, even working with expectant parents and then support the children through a variety of high-quality programs until they graduate from college.”
There was a lot of debate and deliberation prior to our recent decision to amalgamate Sechelt and Kinnikinick elementary schools, while leaving Davis Bay open. A lot of people have asked why I voted as I did, particularly around why I support keeping Davis Bay open. I believe it’s your right to know where your elected officials stand and why. So, let me explain…
There were a lot of budget factors involved and a lot of debate around the “big” school concept vs. the “small” school concept.
There was a bigger picture piece to the decision, though, a piece that was largely overlooked due to the overwhelming facts and figures we grappled with in making this decision. This piece played a large part in my decision to vote in favour of a neighbourhood school in Davis Bay: the value of public space as a hub in a healthy community.
It’s not a coincidence that the Sunshine Coast is such a great place to live and raise our families. It’s not a coincidence that we smile at each other and wave at strangers walking down the street. It’s not a coincidence that people are generally respectful and helpful. Continue reading