Community project showcase: Summer KAMP in Vancouver

So many of you know that back in Summer 2017, I was facilitating an awesome program in Vancouver. I brought an awesome colleague and program leader from Sariling Gawa Hawaii, and a youth leader from Toronto. My capacity building work was supported/funded by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation through the RECODE at Ryerson program. I’ll […]

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Reviving the Filipino Elderly Wellbeing Project

They say enthusiasm and positive energy are contagious. Especially in the case of the Filipino Elderly Wellbeing Project, I would definitely agree. Little did I know a casual chat over coffee with Frank would move into some community mobilizing in a short matters of days. Some of you may know that some of my work and […]

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September starts & the turning of leaves: orientation with the incoming MPC cohort

I love September because it invokes all the excitement and anxiety related to going ‘back to school.’ For Orientation Week this year (2015), I spoke at both OISE and Ryerson about transitions. For this post, I’m sharing the script for my talk to this year’s incoming Master of Professional Communication students at Ryerson University (Class of […]

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Supporting school transitions – some thoughts before September

As a student and teacher, I’m sensitive to the ways we transition and socialize students into K-12, postsecondary, and postgrad education. Heck, perhaps that’s why I’m so keen to cultivate connections and communities for support, mentorship, and friendship. Most recently, I’ve recognized how important it is to REALLY support my former students and mentees during […]

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The teachable moment that took me out of the classroom: how 12 brilliant young women taught me about myself

In education, we often talk about teachable moments – those impromptu invaluable lessons that change our perspective. Often, we the teachers recognize, facilitate, and maximize those special and unexpected opportunities. I want to tell you about one particular teachable moment – this time, it was a huge epiphany for me, the teacher. This past year, […]

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Morning conversation – Creeping my Instagram

Note: The girls call me by my first name. SCENE: Computer lab. Thursday morning, about 5 minutes before 1st period starts. I’m answering emails on my computer in the lab, other students are in the room doing work before class. A Grade 7 girl walks in. Student: Mooooniiicaaaa… Me: Yes? Student: The Grade 8s wanted […]

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Reviving the blog – a little update

Seems like I’ve had quite a long blogging break, but I am very excited and energized to get back into the mood and routine of writing. A little update on me… I’m now teaching at the Linden School here in Toronto. My work here focuses around 4 areas: Planning and teaching the Computer Studies courses […]

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A little update [!]

Many people argue the number one factor to a school’s success is the administrative leadership and vision. Teacher friends, can you imagine teaching in a school with a supportive leader who embraces, shares, and supports your philosophy of and approach to education? Some of you are fortunate to have this already. Some of my mentors […]

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Building a community and culture of two-way communication: my MT experience & some thoughts for U of T

I recently sat down with Crystal Chin, a Communication Intern in the Office of Student Life, to talk about my experiences with communications at University of Toronto, my program experience, as well as my research and perspectives on technology/social media use in institutions. You can read some of our conversation here. [The selective transcription doesn’t mention […]

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Update

Hi all, My apologies with the lack of recent blog posts. Some updates: I came 5th of 14 candidates in the February 27th 2012 by-election for TDSB Trustee (Ward 20). Will have all summer to reflect & share! Two weeks to go then I’m officially finished my Master’s program. Excited to share my research and […]

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Feb 26 media – Moira MacDonald (Toronto Sun) on Ward 20 candidates

In today’s Toronto Sun, Moira MacDonald breaks down the School Board by-election top candidates. The link isn’t available yet online, but I will post it once I do receive it. “And the nominees are…” Candidates square off in T.O. school board byelections. Toronto Sun. Sunday, February 26, 2012, page 12 Excerpt: Monica Batac, meanwhile, is […]

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Media coverage in Taliba & Balita papers

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 […]

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