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Governance is Crucial to Trusteeship: It demands authentic representation and community voice.

Trustees are the governors of the district. As such, they guide and lead the organization via policy development. Additionally, trustees are charged with budget oversight that includes labor negotiations with respective staff unions, appointment of, and contract negotiations with the … Continue reading

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What are a few of our greatest challenges in moving forward?

Classroom composition had change tremendously due to such things as an influx of refugees, a move to inclusive education, an increase in the number of English Language Learners etc. Exacerbating this change is decreased funding. We need a multidisciplinary approach … Continue reading

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Your Tax Dollars and the Importance Behind Results Based Management and Accountability Frameworks for School Jurisdictions.

With growing deficits, tighter budgets and greater student need within the classroom, it is imperative that every dollar be accounted for and that impact assessments are performed in relation to student outcomes. Alberta schools have provided great leadership in terms of educational reform. This is … Continue reading

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The Importance of Child Vaccinations and Keeping Students Safe: We Can’t Change the Minds of the 2% But We Can Save Lives.

I presented a Motion  to lobby government to implement mandatory vaccinations for all students attending publicly funded school (less those needing medical exemptions). Relevant vaccinations included the following: measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, tetanus, diphtheria and polio. Motion Passed If we don’t take action, things will get worse before … Continue reading

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Savvy Student Consumers!!

Public Board Motion: Re:         Financial Literacy Programming for School Curriculum Motion: Passed That the Board of Trustees lobbies government to develop financial literacy programming for implementation into the school curriculum. Walmart advertisement: ‘the average family saves $1200 a year shopping … Continue reading

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