Q&A: On Accountability, Special Education, Indigenous Education, Sex Ed Curriculum

Over the last few weeks I received several questions from Bay Ward residents and from various groups (e.g., Uniting for Children and Youth) regarding my stance on a range of policy issues. Here are brief responses to some of the key questions. ON PERFORMANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY Q: “More accountability and better performance for school programs: … Continue reading Q&A: On Accountability, Special Education, Indigenous Education, Sex Ed Curriculum

Let’s Lay the Foundation for a Better Education System

Hello Ontario friends, A new school year has begun! After a summer hiatus, we’re returning to the vigorous debate on the future of education in Ottawa and, more generally, across the province. I am running for trustee with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in next month’s municipal election as I believe we need a renewed … Continue reading Let’s Lay the Foundation for a Better Education System

February 2018 Updates: Ottawa’s Public School Board

[1] With support from the Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton and the Association for Bright Children of Ontario, I moved a motion at SEAC asking OCDSB staff to provide STEP-BY-STEP GUIDANCE FOR ACCESS TO SPECIAL PROGRAMS, and to support teachers with training in this area. The motion was supported by the Committee and approved by … Continue reading February 2018 Updates: Ottawa’s Public School Board

The Next Big Thing on the OCDSB Agenda. Let’s Get It Right!

In a recent blog post, I argued that Ottawa schools are not as “user-friendly” as they should be – in other words, they are not always serving their target populations in an effective manner. Students and parents often find it difficult to navigate bureaucratic processes, due to a mix of “red tape” and inconsistent application … Continue reading The Next Big Thing on the OCDSB Agenda. Let’s Get It Right!

OCDSB UPDATE: Motion to Better Support Students with Special Education Needs

A motion on interventions supporting students in OCDSB special education programs and teacher / staff professional development carried at the Committee of the Whole (CoW) meeting on Jan. 16, 2017. The motion had been originally introduced at the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) by the Association for Bright Children of Ontario (Dragos Popa) and the … Continue reading OCDSB UPDATE: Motion to Better Support Students with Special Education Needs

Four Questions Ottawa Citizens Should Ask Before Voting for Their New School Trustees

As we all know, 2018 is an election year in Ontario. At the municipal level, the citizens of Ottawa will be asked to vote for a Mayor, for a new batch of City Councillors, and for School Trustees in four different districts: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), Conseil des écoles … Continue reading Four Questions Ottawa Citizens Should Ask Before Voting for Their New School Trustees