Parental Voice in Education – Breaking the hierarchy, beyond the school walls

You’re a parent and have concerns, ideas, and suggestions regarding your child’s education, the local school, or perhaps the Toronto District School Board at large.  Who do you talk to?

Traditionally, you would approach the teacher or principal. Some of you may even be part of the advisory committees.  Is this the only way?

What about if you don’t have time to call in or drop by the office? Many of us struggle with daily responsibilities and meeting immediate needs.  Where do you find the time and space to have your voice heard?

Arguably, most parents do not see the giant hierarchy of the school board. They don’t necessarily come into contact with the administrative and executive staff.  But if the changes you seek and the questions you have require dialogue at that level, what do you do?

Your ideas can get lost in the hierarchy. I’m here as a direct link.

 

Most parents may think they can bring their concerns up to the Principal level. But the puck does not stop there. Did you know that the Board of Trustees have a ton of influence on what goes on in Toronto schools? They essentially decide what initiatives and projects take priority.

Trustees should be your advocates.  As a Trustee for Scarborough-Agincourt, parents can talk with me. I will open the doors, both online and face-to-face, to make sure you can access me in whatever mode works best for you.  Trustees are to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with parents, students, staff, educators, and community members/organizations.

Vote for me so you can have real dialogue with someone who can influence the direction of public education.


I’ve heard many parents advocating to maintain city services in Toronto for the sake of their children. I urge you to continue to be more vocal, especially with education.  I’ve heard parents urge city councillors and Mayor Rob Ford to listen to the needs of the people they serve.

I’m here to listen, talk, collaborate, plan and advocate
on your behalf for your child’s education.

 

Let’s continue the conversation:

 

Curious to see the full TDSB organizational structure? See it here.

 
 

Media coverage on by-election

Hi all,

I wanted to share this article about the upcoming by-election with information about some of the candidates – including yours truly.

Trustee by-elections are anyone’s race. by Moira MacDonald. Toronto Sun. Jan. 10, 2012.

Excerpts:

If you want to see what a difference no incumbent makes, take a look at the growing list of trustee by-election candidates in Don Valley East’s Ward 17 and Scarborough-Agincourt’s Ward 20.

There’s the heavy smell of opportunism in the air for both races, but there’s the whiff of idealism too. Political neophyte Monica Batac, 24, is finishing a master’s degree in teaching this spring, but says the experience taught her education needs advocatesat the political table too. She plans a “grassroots” campaign in Scarborough- Agincourt, including how she fundraises. Next weekend she’s part of a “karma” Bikram yoga class where proceeds will go to support her trustee bid.

“I don’t have a campaign manager, I’m writing my own content,” says Batac, who has a special interest in how to use technology in education. “It’s not easy. I’m an underdog — but I have the best of intentions.”