As printed in the Taliba & Balita Filipino newspapers.
TDSB Trustee candidate Monica Batac’s focus is supporting Scarborough-Agincourt’s diverse students
Culturally relevant programs are key to the academic success of first-and second-generation students
As a Filipino-Canadian, Monica Batac knows first-hand the strengths and weaknesses of programs designed to meet the unique needs of first- and second-generation Canadian families, which make up 78% of the Scarborough-Agincourt community.
“A common barrier for these students is the English language. I’ll advocate for more funding and continued innovation in ESL programs. Many students arrive here with math and science skills that exceed Canadian standards. We want to help them integrate successfully into our school system,” says Batac, who would have an open-door policy for parents to share their ideas and concerns with her.
Batac’s 5-point platform is indicative of her experience as an educator and acquired knowledge as an education researcher. She understands the importance of integrating technology into classrooms and improving the way we prepare the next generation of teachers to meet the needs of a diverse student population. If elected, she will study the feasibility of a trilingual alternative school that provides cultural immersion for first- and second-generation students.
“I’m currently surveying the community to establish the level of interest among parents for culturally-relevant programming,” says Batac. “A Trustee is responsible for representing the voice of the community and I’m in the process of understanding what that voice
would like to say to the Toronto District School Board on a variety of important issues.”
About Monica Batac
Batac is an educator currently completing her Master of Teaching Degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Through her involvement in the organization of leading-edge teacher professional development events
such as EdCamp Toronto, she’s gaining a solid reputation among her peers across Ontario for advancing and presenting education research, facilitating discussion among educators, and making use of the latest education technology to improve day-to-day learning in the classroom.
Monica Batac’s 5-Point Platform for Student Success in Scarborough-Agincourt
1. Prioritize ESL program funding increases to address the growing demand.
2. Study the feasibility of a trilingual alternative school that provides cultural immersion for first- and second-generation students.
3. Influence the design of more culturally responsive teacher-training programs to ensure that new teachers connect with our diverse student population.
4. Promote the responsible and effective use of technology in our classrooms for student learning that keeps pace with the competitive global labour market.
5. Gather concerns from parents and provide expert guidance about proposed changes to Ontario’s Sex Education Curriculum.