Monthly Archives: July 2010

Call for defibrillators

An interesting article in the Gazette today.

This seems like a no brainer to me.   Yes, it costs money.  But it’s a small cost relative to saving the life of a student.

I will be bringing this to the table at our board in the new school year.

Truly,

Steve

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Summertime!

And what a year of ups and downs it has been.

Another great year dealing with my closest two governing boards – Pierre Elliot continues to be progressive, thorough and fully entertaining all at the same time.  Anne-Marie Regimbald was the Chair this year and did a fantastic job!

Rosemere High is a great big school with a whole lot of people – and everyone comes together at governing board to give thoughtful input and to discuss the trials and successes of the school.  A great school with a great team – and the governing board Chair, Luc Samson will be greatly missed as “he” has graduated!

Thanks to everyone and I hope you have a great summer.

Truly,

Steve

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Can we just have them start later, please?

It’s been a couple of years since I first brought this up at our school board.  It didn’t even pass the committee level, unfortunately.

And yes – I know that it will be a lot of work and a lot of negotiating to get everyone to buy into the whole idea of it – but!  The bottom line is that there has been enough research already that proves that teens need a later start in the day!

“There’s biological science to this that I think provides compelling evidence as to why this makes sense,” said Brown University sleep researcher Dr. Judith Owens, the study’s lead author and a pediatrician at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I.

Some studies have even shown that we can expect a healthy increase in the overall success rate if we just make the change.

See the latest from CBC when you click here.

Check out this debate – some interesting points!

I wish we could just get on with it and make the change.  Why not?

Truly,

Steve

(Full disclosure:  I have 2 kids in high school.  They both get up early and they are both on the honor roll – it’s not for me personally, this change…)

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7 videos all educators should watch

What a hot day in Montreal again!

So what better time could there be for educators to watch these seven very engaging videos I found on a blog I am subscribed to: Free Technology for Teachers.

Click here to watch!

And if you’re into subscribing to this type of thing, click here and you’ll be prompted to subscribe with your favorite RSS reader.

Truly,

Steve

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The Educational Iceberg?

The Educational Iceberg: Waste of taxpayers bucks on conventions and International Trips while schools, teachers and students’ needs are kept under water.

When I was elected a commissioner, I had little time for the idea of sending commissioners on these trips.  Since then, I have gone on two – one to Seattle and one to Denver, both for NSBA T&L conferences.

Hypocritical?  It can look like it.  But I did it because I truly believed that I would be able to bring back value for our school board.

Did I?

I think that I brought back some value.  But is it value that cannot be found anywhere else?

In the last 6 months I have attended over a dozen virtual conferences.  Webinars and more.  I think that I have gleaned even more from these conferences than the physical ones that I have attended.

The one thing that would not have been possible was the time spent outside of the norm to get to know Directors and other commissioners.  This has been very valuable, although, I don’t know how I can relate that to an actual real-time benefit to education within our board.  But then again, theoretically, if we can all work well together, the theory is that we will work better.  But…  if I try to find evidence of a benefit, I am at a bit of a loss.

So – should “professional development” budgets be cut?  Yes, I think that they should – especially as regards commissioners.

Truly,

Steve

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Freda Lewkowicz – could we be luckier?

Freda Lewkowicz has taught my children (entering grades 9 & 10 at Rosemere High this year) and I hope we get her again and again still.

Read her latest article here:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Courses+tolerance+sorely+needed+schools/3226224/story.html

I am one of the first ones to complain when I see something that I perceive as being wrong with our schools and especially in my own school where y kids attend.  But I am also one of the first ones to laud the good things that are going on.

Freda Lewkowicz is one of those teachers that makes a difference.  Some real learning goes on in her classes.  Some life learning.  And even at that, there is more.

Public schools have their issues.  But at the same time, public schools have some of the best teachers out there.  And I, for one, am thankful that we’ve got this one.

Truly,

Steve

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Later start times, a follow up.

ACDSA is a great site that I have mentioned before.  Anything that is happening locally as regards education is reported here.

Interesting that they popped up with another “Start the high school day later!” article so soon after my latest complaint.

See it here.

Seems pretty clear to me.  Still.

Truly,

Steve

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