It was a great turnout last night for the School Trustee all candidates meeting. Thanks to Coast Reporter for organizing the event and thanks to Coast Cable for filming. If you missed it you, don’t despair, you can watch it from home!
Tuesday November 15th 7:00 pm
Wednesday November 16th 9:00 am
Thursday November 17th 7:30 pm
Tomorrow (Wednesday, November 9th) is the first advance voting day–your first opportunity to choose who will represent you on local boards and councils for the next three years!
Advance voting polls will be open from 8am-8pm, at the following areas:
- Gibsons Community Centre (700 Park rd.): for Gibsons area candidates and SCRD area School Trustees and Directors.
- SCRD office (1975 Field Rd): for SCRD area Trustees and Directors (including “A” and “B”).
- Seaside Centre(5790 Teredo Street): for Sechelt Trustees, Councillors, and Mayoral candidates.
If you would like to cast a vote for yours truly for School Trustee, and you live in School District Rural Area 2 (West Howe Sound, Elphinstone, Roberts Creek, Sechelt Indian Government District) you can vote at either the SCRD Field road office or the Gibsons Community Centre.
Get out and vote!
In a recent Province column, Jon Ferry discusses Thomas Fleming’s book A World Apart. According to Ferry, Fleming claims that “our overly politicized school system is rudderless, leaderless and essentially broken.”
Other quotes in the article are equally scathing, mostly regarding the conflict between the Education Ministry, the BCSTA, and the BCTF.
Certainly, if all one did to gather information was to follow the news, this viewpoint might be seen as having some validity–but only if one does not spend any time in public schools.
While I would agree that the frequent negativity and bickering from the “higher ups” is unproductive and, frankly, immature, our public schools continue to offer exceptional, world class education for our children. We are consistently seen as having one of the best public school systems in the world.
As a parent and a trustee I am both excited and proud of our public schools on the Sunshine Coast.
Something definitely needs to change within the politicized realm of public education, but, fortunately “on the ground” our public schools remain vibrant, amazing places that offer the best educational experiences available!
George Abbott, minister of Education, put out a missive this week that seemed to mostly fly under the radar (thanks to Susan Skinner, North Vancouver Trustee, for pointing it out).
The plan contains many ideas we’ve heard before, but not a lot of detail about any proposed changes. There are 5 key elements to the “plan”:
- Personalized learning for every student.
- Quality teaching and learning.
- More flexibility and choice.
- High standards.
- Learning empowered by technology.
Do you foresee any of these changes occuring?
And how will they ultimately look?
The next regular meeting of the Sunshine Coast Board of Education will be Tuesday October 11, 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 October agenda here. If you can’t attend the meeting, express yourself here, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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)?
Education Committee September 29 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the School Board Office Continue reading