Basic Safety Reminders

"...we need to lift each other up." - Teachers share their tips for helping students practice creating safe and inclusive learning spaces for each other - learn more here: 14 Teachers On How They Spread Love In The Classroom. 

Some quick safety tips from your schools as school starts up in 2019. Please share with your friends, siblings, parents, grand-parents, and caregivers - this is important: 

  1. Walk to and from school with your parent/ caregiver, friend, or a group of friends.
  2. Avoid talking with adults who are not known to you. 
  3. Always tell a trusted adult, such as a parent or member of the school staff, about any unusual or suspicious activities.

For further resources or information visit Canadian Center for Child Protection.

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Purpose Within the Origins of Education in Vancouver

Origins of Education in Vancouver  

Living in Vancouver, I have access to many things: education, literature, people from different social circles, and histories of the place in which I live. I’m revelling in my ability to access and read critical pieces of work like Journeys of Hope,

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Indigenous Education, School & Community Conversations, ELL, Anti-Racism

Indigenous Education - Process Matters 

My very first smudge with District Vice Principal Chas Desjarlais was grounding and thought-provoking. A strong case for the power of public education when considering the impact of 7 generations of residential schools and the role of public education today and into the future. As Trustees, we play a critical role in Kwayeskastasowin (Koy-As-Kas-Tah-Soh-Win), setting things right when there has been a break in relations. We must focus on the process as it is the key to how we move forward. 

#7, #10 and #62 Calls to Action are a great place to align any of our actions and plans. I look forward to exercising this responsibility as a part of the Indigenous Education work at the VSB. 

Warm Welcomes at Templeton 

I was invited to Templeton Secondary (one of my liaison schools) and was greeted by a caring and creative school of administrators, teachers, support workers, and students from a variety of backgrounds. A library bustling with spaces for everyone including a Makers Studio for students to work on any projects, 33% female-identifying students in STEM programming, and a lunch-hour student forum on safe use of technology - this school is inspiring and I am proud to be a part of the community. 

ELL Consortium 

ELL stands for English Language Learning. Due to the passion and interest of ELL educators in Metro Vancouver, this Consortium gathers to share challenges and solutions to meeting the complex needs and strengths of ELL students. What kind of support is available in K-12 and later in Adult Education? What support is needed? Schools are sometimes the only connection point for newcomers, how are we welcoming and settling newcomers? ELL learners have similar needs to children their age including a desire to feel safe, belong, connect, play, develop skills, however, some ELL learners face unique challenges as well. 

Contact Your Trustees!

Thank you for reaching out and sharing your hopes and challenges within public education. The plate of public education is full and the good news is that you have a highly capable team of educators that are creative and thoughtful.

Because you reached out, we were able to discuss the VSB's anti-racism policy at the last Student Learning & Well-Being Committee. It was decided that stakeholders including union representatives engage their members in a discussion about what we want to know more about when it comes to anti-racism resources in the district. Stay tuned for more details! You can see the discussion by CLICKING HERE

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Committee Assignments, Internal and External Liaison Assignments, Policies

POLICIES

YOU ASKED - What is the role of the Trustee? 

The role of the Trustee is to contribute to the Board as it carries out its legislated mandate. The oath of
office taken by each Trustee when he or she assumes office binds that person to work diligently and
faithfully in the cause of public education. A Trustee must first and foremost be concerned with the
interests of the school Board. Read More HERE

The mission of the Vancouver School Board is:

To enable students to reach their intellectual, social, aesthetic and physical potential in challenging and stimulating settings which reflect the worth of each individual and promote mutual respect, cooperation and social responsibility.

YOU ASKED - What is the District's Anti-Racism Policy? 

The District has a Non-Discrimination Policy which can be found HERE

YOU ASKED - What is with all the acronyms? 

Yes, I will work on using plain language, thank you for the reminder. 

 

COMMITTEES

I am pleased to be your Chair of the: 

STUDENT LEARNING AND WELL-BEING COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Student Learning and Well-Being Committee is to review student learning and well-being indicators, and where warranted, provide recommendations to the Board. The four trustee members of the Committee and stakeholder representatives work together to review key documents supporting the Education agenda including the Strategic Planning Accountability Report, the Student Learning Accountability Report and the Student Well-Being Accountability Report.

In addition, I am pleased to be  your Trustee Liaison for:

University Hill Secondary and University Hill and Norma Rose Point Elementary Schools

and

Templeton Secondary and Franklin, Garibaldi, Hastings, Lord, Xpey’, Nelson, and Tillicum Elementary Schools

Find out who your Trustee is HERE

Finally, I will be your Trustee Liaison for the following: 

Indigenous Education Committee (AEEAI&M)

Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee

The English Language Learning (ELL) Consortium is an advocacy group of Trustees and staff from a variety of districts who work in the area of ELL. The group aims to bring attention and support to immigrant and refuge students and their families including the protection of Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS), Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), and the varied levels of support for newcomers such as those in the Skilled Labour class.

Find out who your Trustee Liaison for Administrative and External Committees is HERE

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Seismic Upgrades, Facilities and Planning, and Orientation

  1. This week, we started to learn about a) seismic upgrades, b) committees, and c) policy manuals.
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