I'm very honoured that the constituents of Rideau-Rockcliffe and Alta Vista have again chosen me to represent them as their public school trustee. I'd like to thank all who have supported my campaign. I'd also like to acknowledge Marty Carr and Tanya Dasilva for running a good campaign.
Ensuring the well being and success of children is the most important task a community has and I will continue to work hard this term to do my part as trustee. Some of the specific issues I am looking forward to addressing are: to continue working for better consultations; the implementation of data collection by race and ethnicity for better decision making; and, honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action, especially around implementing an Indigenous curriculum.
At the October Board meeting a motion was passed to direct staff “to undertake an operational review of the process for identification, needs assessment (including the use of tiered interventions as support for all students, and as identification and placement evidence) and placement for all exceptionalities”.
It also directed staff to provide a report “to Board no later than February 2019 with a proposed outline and timeline for the operational review”.
I believe this will be one of the signature efforts of the new board. I will be advocating for a good analysis of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process and the implementation of Tiered Intervention as part of the Operational Review. Trustee colleagues and I will hold a joint zone meeting on the evening of January 10, with a focus on parents' experiences with navigating and getting services for their children. The stories we hear there will help us identify areas the Special Education operational review needs to look at.