2910, 2013

Bessie Nichols School Council Meeting October 28

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Thanks to Council co-Chairs Kirk and Rebecca, along with Council member Colleen and Principal Patricia Martyn for the invitation to attend and for their warm welcome. It was interesting to learn of Bessie Nichol’s excellent results on the various accountability pillars. I also appreciated gaining a deeper understanding of the space pressures at Bessie Nichols. Thanks to Council members for providing me with emails to contact them (Ward E residents that wish to be have regular dialogue with me can send their email address to ken@kengibson.ca). I was honoured to learn that I am the first Ward E trustee to attend a Bessie Nichols School Council meeting! Looking forward to the school tour in November.

2810, 2013

Rio Terrace Franken Family Festival October 27 2013

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Hats off to Rio Terrace Community League for a frightfully good Franken Family Festival on a chilly October 27 afternoon. Programs Director Samantha Gullekson and Newsletter Director Dawna-Lynne Duffy Power organized a fun fest for kids of all ages (at least 60 folks participated during the time I was in attendance).  Special kudos to the dozen Jasper Place High School Leadership Program students for helping out, including manning the bowling and balloon-busting games, and making the popcorn.

Thanks to residents Ryan, Karen, Marco, Judy, Julie, Nicole, Darcy, Heather, Jessica, Kwan, Alex, Collette, James, Alyssa, Lisa, and Mark for chatting with me.  It was great to hear how parents and students were extremely happy with Rio Terrace, Patricia Heights, Hillcrest, and Laurier schools, and with the Mandarin bilingual program at Meadowlark School. I need to better understand the budget impact on the apparent reduction in staff professional development days at Rio Terrace School.  Thanks Rio Terrace for letting me join you!

2510, 2013

Daily Physical Activity Pays Off!

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Interesting study provides evidence that daily physical activity boosts academic performance. Read more.

2510, 2013

Expose students to career possibilities as early as Grade 5

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Interesting that B.C. Education Minister suggests talking to students as early as Grade 5 about trades and technology used by the trades. Read more.

2510, 2013

More Evidence of Skills Mismatches in the Canadian Economy

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There is growing evidence of chronic skills mismatches for new hires – contributing to the phenomenon termed People Without Jobs, Jobs without People (named after a 2010 study). I believe that Edmonton Public should explore partnerships with industry to develop more skills-based education.

2410, 2013

Basic Skills A Necessity

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The U.S. Education Department commentary on the cross-country Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) study emphasizes the need for individuals to possess strong literacy, numeracy, and problem solving skills to succeed. Inspiring Education’s vision of equipping Alberta students with 21st century competencies provides a promising direction for Edmonton students.