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!
Check out the re-election flyers! Actually got some help from the pros at Topshelf Creative on this one.
Let me know if you would like some to distribute or just to have as mementos!
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 first day back to school for SD46 was full of excitement, anticipation, and promise.
This time of year also seems to inevitably spark conversations about the length of summer vacations in our school system. There are a growing number of advocates for a “balanced” school year: one that minimizes the length of breaks while maintaining the number of instructional days in the school year, in an attempt to reduce the “learning loss” that seems to occur over long school breaks. Continue reading