November 7, 2011 - Superintendent's update to the Board


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November 7, 2011 - Superintendent's update to the Board

  1. 1. Report to Board [7/11/11]Ministry tabled BC Teachers’ Council – legislationMinistry announcements:Kitsilano Secondary (Premier, George Abbott and Patti Bacchus)International Village (Premier, Patti Bacchus - announced in Surrey)DPAC city-wide meeting - will be there again at the Nov. 24 meetingMy role on the Technology Education and Careers Council (TECC) - attended apresentation by Ministry of Labour ADM, Sharon Baskerville re the need for skilledworkers in BC by 2020.Attended the District Calendar Committee meeting – need teachers!Had a special presentation by folks from Pearson who represent a possible solutionto the current BCeSISUBC Education Studies - graduate program class: Organizations in the EducationalContext. Spoke for three hours about education and the role of superintendentsMinistry announced the BC Education PlanAttended an excellent conference arranged by the VASSA and VEPVPA schooladministrators. The two keynotes were John Abbott and Andy Hargreaves – theycomplemented each other very well and spoke about the need for a renewededucation system. Andy has a new book coming out that I have had the honour toreview - probably the best summary and view of education today.Point folks to:WORLDS APART: BRITISH COLUMBIA SCHOOLS, POLITICS, AND LABOUR RELATIONS,BEFORE AND AFTER 1972For forty-years weve been witnessing a struggle between the province and theBritish Columbia Teachers Federation for control of public education. It has been acostly struggle. One consequence of this is the currently disastrous state of labourrelations in schools, something that stands as the most serious impediment toeducational progress in a province long polarized in its political and economicaffairs.Worlds Apart, a history of provincial schools examines the roots of this conflict, theturbulent nature of organizational relationships in public schools, and the profound
  2. 2. changes that have marked the social world before and after 1972. It describes andcompares two very different "worlds" of schooling. During the first century of itsoperation the public education system was regarded as among the best in the nationand a source of immense provincial pride. Since 1972, however, public schooling hasfallen on hard times, surrendering its once-prominent place in the hearts of BritishColumbians.Worlds Apart chronicles the social, structural, and political changes that producedtodays troubled state in British Columbias schools and documents how a once-harmonious educational community has been torn apart. It analyzes the origins ofthe struggle between government and the teachers federation for control of schoolsand, indeed, public policy. It also suggests that an archaic and now-adversarialgovernance structure is, in itself, problematic and should be replaced.Attended the Simon Fraser University Gala Dinner on Tuesday evening – goodopportunity to build connections with president, Andrew Petter, Laurie Andersonand Dean Kris Magnussen – Career Education specialist).Will attend the UBC Faculty of Education External Advisory Committee meeting onTuesday evening – interested to hear what directions UBC may be taking withrespect to future education and the BC Education PlanOn-going bargaining impasse and job actionSchools visited/visiting:• Roberts Annex• Britannia – traditional Grade 8 and First Nations Welcoming Ceremony• King George SecondaryVisiting:• Roberts Elementary• Queen Alexandra - Fine Arts Multicultural Integrated Learning for YouthSchool - (FAMILY)• Project Chef with Barb Findlay at Queen Alex• Van Tech• John Oliver (and the new Learning Commons)• Cunningham Elementary to read to students• Tyee Montessori Elementary• VLNVSB Retirement reception at 4 pm to 6 pm on Thursday at the local Masonic HallEducation in the Inner City: a panel discussion about inner city children living inpoverty and their school experience.
  3. 3. Monday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Alice MacKay Room in the Vancouver Public Library’s Downtown BranchModerator:Mark Proctor, retired VSB Principal and Former Principal at Seymour ElementaryPanel:Carrie Gelson, Teacher at Admiral Seymour Elementary SchoolDr. Mona Gleason, Associate Professor in Educational Studies, UBCPaul Hutton, Community Services Manager Vancouver North, MCFDMargaret Jorgensen, Principal Strathcona Elementary SchoolJaney Lee, Teacher Thunderbird Elementary SchoolDr. Christine Loock, Developmental Pediatrics RICHER Initiative, VCHAScott Vandeloo, Youth and Family Worker Macdonald Elementary SchoolCommunity Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning: Receptionto celebrate a new vision for Child Care in BC - a ‘made in BC ‘solution to the crisis ofHigh Parent Fees · Low Caregiver Wages · Long Waiting ListsWednesday, November 16, 2011 | 3:30 – 5:30pm (program at 4pm)SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver