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

OCDSB UPDATE: Motion Regarding Support for Students and Teachers’ Professional Development

A motion regarding tiered interventions in supporting students, and teachers' professional development in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) passed at the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) meeting on Dec. 13, 2017. The motion was introduced by the Association for Bright Children of Ontario (Dragos Popa) and the Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton (Michael Bates). … Continue reading OCDSB UPDATE: Motion Regarding Support for Students and Teachers’ Professional Development

Here’s a Basic Idea, Ontario: No. Child. Left. Behind.

Consider this simple (and all too common) scenario: Noah is a smart kid, interested in a range of subjects, and happy to share his passions and newly discovered knowledge with his friends. His main problem is that, every weekday, he goes to his neighbourhood public school and he is bored, feels unengaged, and - occasionally … Continue reading Here’s a Basic Idea, Ontario: No. Child. Left. Behind.

Help OCDSB Teachers Get the Training They Need

It is anticipated that, in Winter 2017-2018, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s (OCDSB) Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will debate a motion asking for better funding for professional development (PD) relating to special education programs and services. There are many great reasons why OCDSB teachers (and by extension students and the community at large) would … Continue reading Help OCDSB Teachers Get the Training They Need