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.

Chris Ellis Signature

Upcoming Consultation Events

Consultation Event Date Activity/Milestone Link to Trustee Ellis' page on the Event Consultation Event Note Name Consultation Event Type
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 22:30 to Friday, December 14, 2018 - 14:30

Launch District-wide Thoughtexchanges (Students, Staff, and Parents/Community)
To obtain ideas from across the District for informing the content and priorities for the new strategic plan;
announced in advance on school and OCDSB websites, emails, Facebook, and Twitter; media release

Launch District-wide Thoughtexchanges

event note

2019-2023 Strategic Plan Development OCDSB Consultation Plan Event

Highlights

Special Education Operational Review

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.

 

Parent Conference 2018

Every year the OCDSB holds a parent conference. This year it was on November 3. Among the many workshops was one on the Provincial Ministry of Education Consultation on Education Reform (more information at ontario.ca/page/for-the-parents). This workshop broke into three groups. The consensus of the group I was in reflected my concern about the intent of the consultation and how biased it seems to be. That being said, everyone felt the need to participate in the consultation. The information from this workshop will be summarized and shared with trustees and the community.

To see the presentations given this year

Trustee elect Chris Ellis

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.

Chris Ellis Signature

Provincial Consultation: Education in Ontario

The Province is consulting with parents across the province to address concerns and get feedback in several areas of the education system.

Feedback from these consultations will help shape decisions in the following areas:

  1. Improving student performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  2. Preparing students with needed job skills, such as skilled trades and coding
  3. Improving provincial standardized testing
  4. Ensuring students graduate with important life skills, including financial literacy
  5. Managing the use of technology in classrooms, such as cell phones
  6. Building a new age-appropriate Health and Physical Education curriculum that includes subjects like mental health, sexual health education and the legalization of cannabis
  7. Developing the first-ever Parents’ Bill of Rights

Information on how to participate. The deadline to give input is Dec. 15, 2018

Consultation on a new strategic plan

Eight incumbent trustees and four new candidates were elected on October 22.  The new term starts on December 3 and an early priority will be to develop a new four year strategic plan by the end of the school year. The associated consultation plan recognizes the importance of input from parents and community members and provides for a parent/community online consultation as well as three in-person forums.

The online survey is scheduled to run from mid November to mid December. It will allow you to share your thoughts about the key issues and challenges facing the district and to learn about the thoughts of others. There will be a link on the home page of OCDSB.ca to the survey.

The in-person forums will take place in January. They will build on the themes raised in the online consultation, enabling parents and the community to discuss the emerging themes and to develop strategies for making progress in priority areas.

In April, staff will present a draft strategic plan at Committee of the Whole (COW) and, in May, the public will have the opportunity to comment.

In June, the Board of Trustees will approve the final plan.

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