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
Dear Parents / Guardians and Community Members, Undoubtedly, being a school board trustee is a big responsibility. I am fully aware of this, and I believe I can make a positive and real difference to the lives of Bay Ward students, and to their families and communities. There are so many problems to be fixed … Continue reading Standing Up for Bay Ward: A Message to Constituents
Ottawa Friends, I am putting forward an agenda for discussion over the coming months, prior to the 2018 Municipal Elections in Ottawa. I hope the plan below will also serve as reference material for the new team of OCDSB Trustees, starting later this year. It is an agenda of change, renewal and hope for a … Continue reading OCDSB Top 10 Priorities
In a recent blog post, I used a quote from Gene I. Maeroff’s well-known book titled School Boards in America (2010): “all too often school boards get so tangled in thickets of minutiae that they neglect to walk the straight course that they should follow in the pursuit of solid education. And the underpinnings of … Continue reading OCDSB: Agenda for Change – Together We Can Make It Better
 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
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!
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
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
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
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.