Opening Statement



Thursday, 28 April 2011

New Wave Social Media + Technology

Social media is definitely the communications wave of the future. Our students and younger teachers know that. It's harder to catch the new wave for those of us who still remember dial telephones, black and white t.v., stenography machines, and going to the post office to send snail mail letters to our distant family and friends. But make no doubt about it, it's coming every one's way!

Your TSU executive has been working very hard to electronically safeguard the unit's many records in a more useful manner. There are boxes full of paper, forms and reports going back decades, with lots of valuable, but often nearly inaccessible hard copy information, at the TSU office. Once catalogued as computer files they can be very useful, for example, in writing up new grievances. The benefits include researching what TSU has done to help you in the past, and providing our unit with an institutional memory, that won't be lost as members come and go over the years ahead!

I've been excited to assist your TSU committees this year. They are very eagerly moving us ahead into the 21st century with the new technology. Our members are coming up with their own new ideas to make it possible. We've had fabulous brainstorming sessions and friendly debates. In the case of TSU PAC, our Political Advisory Committee, all the files from TSU's past provincial election campaigns are being organized to be copied onto our computer system. Our BTC (Beginning Teachers Committee) is very keen to set up a special web-page on the TSU website for our new teachers. Useful BTC documents, reports, forms and background information will be posted there. Maybe even a FAQ. Our Safe Schools' Committee is organizing a page too, with links to all the safe school materials we should be aware of as classroom teachers, documents, reports, forms, interesting and varied analyses you might not see elsewhere. With the new technology at our fingertips, the sky is the limit!

I'm very keen about pursuing these new and exciting possibilities! Should I have the honour of being re-elected your TSU 3rd VP on May 11, I will continue to actively facilitate your committees many new, exciting technological initiatives. It will also be interesting to see what  impact the new social media you find here on my election site, like blogs, twitter messages and even Facebook links, will hopefully have in getting my election message out in a new, more interesting and meaningful way. More effectively than days past when a candidate might simply send you a paper flyer, maybe even engage in a few poison pen e-mail exchanges, then give a droll speech about themselves, and expect you to vote for them. How could anyone expect to vote in an informed manner, for choice candidates that way, in this day and age?

If re-elected I will continue through my TSU 3rd VP site to communicate with and serve you, our members. You should always come first. That's what elected office is all about. Your many constructive ideas
shared in response to my blogsite are incredible. The offers of help and support are very much appreciated. Let's continue to explore how social media and technology can help us reach out and catch the new wave of positive change to enhance our meaningful TSU dialogue and activities now, and in the years ahead.

Yours,

David Chiarelli

Monday, 25 April 2011

Respect Life!

This year's Respect for Life [RFL] Week is from May 8th to the 15th. It culminates with the Ottawa March for Life on May 12th. With help from your Religious Affair [RAC] committee, and this year's TSU executive, our teachers are now organizing for the march, and planning next years as well!

As TSU 3rd VP, I was honoured to help you organize our students for the big launch, at the March 27th Respect for Life Youth Leadership Conference. With grassroots support, our student participants tripled in number! It was awesome to spend an informative day with our next generation of young Catholic leaders! Just consider all the awful negative pressures they face outside school growing up in the world today. Still they respect the Sanctity of Life, as being at the very core of their Catholicity!
We are truly blessed!

The work continues. Your independently teacher organized and run RFL Week Planning Committee may often meet at the CEC because it's centrally located. Still, they are certainly not otherwise a board funded committee. At our own TSU members' request, this year's RAC recommended we offer them some much needed help to jump start, if you will, the preparations for our once very active TCDSB school wide Respect for Life Week activities. Your TSU staff reps were sent the Youth Leadership Conference flyers to deliver to our school mailboxes, plus those for Fr. Rosica's "Catholics + the Media" student presentation, planned at St. Pats. TSU executive unanimously approved this, and also to pay for our students' youth conference lunch.

At present TSU RAC are hoping to follow up on our student's youth conference, to help organize the school bus trips to the May 12th March for Life in Ottawa. As your TSU 3rd VP I look forward to jointly working with the RFL Week Planning Committee, the TCDSB, and our local parishes, to help our students get there.

I work very hard to to help develop these initiatives  For me the celebration and Sanctity of Life is a basic tenet of our Catholic faith, and teaching at a Catholic school to educate our youth is not just a job, it is my vocation. As a Catholic social justice advocate I will not sit on my hands waiting to see how others will vote at any meetings on Life issues, nor try to grab the Life flag afterwards, to race to the front of the parade, and belatedly lead the charge. I will not be discouraged by any set backs but will keep building upon our recent successes for next year, and the years ahead, to help our future student Catholic leaders achieve their goals.

Should you vote me the honour of being re-elected as your TSU 3rd VP, here is what I can do to help get the job done next year. I want to be the TSU Executive liaison for RAC. I will work with your committee to develop your Life plans and funding requests. Our executive members have been very supportive of Life initiatives. But the executive always needs to do a lot to address your many very different and very necessary TSU teacher needs. And it takes a lot of time and effort to organize and  develop an effective long term Respect for Life Week plan. I can help do that.

We need to build strong Life ties between our teachers, students, parishes and the board. We need to review and discuss this year's efforts with all our partners to build on our successes. We need to figure out effective RAC time and budget lines well ahead of next year's Respect for Life Week and Ottawa March. I can help do that.

Above all, we need to help and encourage our students to get involved in advocating for the Sanctity of Life, as a positive, life affirming cause, in a world where their leadership is so badly needed, now and for future generations to come. Like you, I believe our responsibility is to serve others. What greater service can we strive for but to help them prepare? When we reach out to them, we touch the future. Let's reconfirm the Catholic in our Ontario English Catholic Teacher Association by doing so now, so that OECTA never  becomes just Catholic in name only.

Please don't hesitate to contact me here through my blogsite with any questions, comments or for any assistance you might need. And kindly pass my http://tsu3rdvp.blogspot.com/  link on to our TSU colleagues. Can you help me in my campaign by distributing  flyers, making phone calls, and speaking to others at your school, before TSU election day? I also need individual voting scrutineers at each school for balloting this year. 

If there is any way you can help, please let me know. And on May 11th, please vote for me to help keep our student and teachers' Respect for Life plans moving forward.

In Life,

David Chiarelli

PS: Please also contact me about how to get student and teacher guide books for setting up a Respect for Life Club in your school!




Photos: Teachers, organizers and students at this year's successful Respect Life Youth Leadership Conference.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

News Flash! Self Directed PD Days Approved!!!

Your TSU Joint PD Committee and the TCDSB have agreed upon a letter of understanding approving up to 2 teacher self directed PD Days per TSU member, effective this spring! Up to another two, per teacher, will also be available next school year. You cannot be denied these days. They are for you to book professional development days that YOU decide are important for you, the teacher. Not admin. Not the board! But you!!!

You can make up your own PD activities alone, or with other teachers. You could attend an outside conference or PD related activity, booking it yourself on SEMS. The possibilities for some REAL meaningful teacher directed PD days are outstanding. Final details are to be hammered out next Tuesday, when your Joint PD committee [Rene Jensen, Teresa Placha, Lou Trinchi and myself] meet again with the the board. More details will follow. TSU has also sent out a flyer for you at school..

Yours,

David Chiarelli

Communist Girls ARE More Fun!

Communist Girls ARE More Fun!
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Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?

Art at the Paris Louvre: What does it mean?!?
A careful analytical study!

Help! I Have No Arms!

Help! I Have No Arms!
Please scratch my back.

I can't find my underwear!.

I can't find my underwear!.
Have you seen them!

Weee! I can fly!

Weee! I can fly!
Look! I can crawl thru walls!

I have a headache!

I have a headache!
And a broken nose.

I have a square hole in my bum!

I have a square hole in my bum!

Here try this, it's very good!

Here try this, it's very good!
No. You have a bird face.

I have an ugly baby!

I have an ugly baby!
No I'm not!

Let's save all our money + buy pants!

Let's save all our money + buy pants!
OK but I need a new hand too!

Oh no! I got something in my eye!

Oh no! I got something in my eye!

You don't look well.

You don't look well.
No. My head hurts +I have a sore chest.

Would you like a bun?

Would you like a bun?

Chichen-Itza: Lost Maya City of Ruins!

Chichen-Itza: Lost Maya City of Ruins!
The Temple of Kukulkan!

Gotta love it!

Gotta love it!
Truly amazing!

Under Reconstruction!

Under Reconstruction!

Temples + Snakes!

Temples + Snakes!

The Snake!

The Snake!
It runs the length of the ball field!