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Monday, 27 February 2012

TSU Volleyball Rescheduled to April 20th!!!


Please note: my post on the Education Minister follows this late breaking news. Read on....


You all should've been officially notified by now or very shortly. As your Beginning Teacher's Committee [BTC] executive liaison, I want to make absolutely sure nobody is confused and gets the dates mixed up. The same with the team registration procedures. Please share my blog link with your coaches and staff as you see fit.


The TSU Beginning Teachers Volleyball Tournament at PJ2 has been rescheduled from this Friday March 2nd to Friday April 20th. That is the only Friday the gym has not been pre-booked by another group with a quite similar name to ours. This may have created the confusion with the previous booking. Our committee could've rescheduled the tournament for a weekday in March. However with holidays and what not, plus the fact Fridays usually work best for our members, April 20th it is.

The tournament is of course open to all TSU teacher members from our TCDSB schools, offices etc.


Our committee sincerely regrets the delay but hope the new date can still work well for you. It gives everyone extra time to sign up team members from your school and practice some more. From what I understand the competition could be very fierce this year.


We will be organized, as before, with the tournament being held in all three gyms at PJ2. There will be a Competitive League and a Recreational League. You can register teams for both. It will run from 4-8pm. The awards ceremony will follow.


To register your teams please forward the name of your school, the leagues and your team members names to the BTC email address that is being provided by the TSU main office. You may also contact me at the gmail address above should you have any immediate enquiries.


It promises to be another great Volleyball tournament! Let's get practicing if you haven't all ready. If you all ready have, well then I'd be willing to bet you better get practicing some more. The stakes for the Competitive League Trophy could be very high this year!


The festive awards ceremony afterwards is open to all team players and those teachers from your school who come to the tournament to cheer you on like last year. Those who do not participate in any way are asked please not to attend. Other events are held regularly throughout the year, by the Social Committee, and these are open to all our members. However, the volleyball tournament is run and paid for by our Beginning Teachers Committee, on a much more limited budget. Of course we always want to be reasonable. Please don't hesitate to contact me via my gmail address above if there are some special circumstances we may have overlooked, or use the BT email address once it is sent. This will help our committee in ordering the food and refreshments, and making sure we are fair, and you have a great time.


The Beginning Teacher's Volleyball Tournament is a longstanding yearly TSU event, organized and run by our BT Committee, which is made up of teachers with five years or less employment with our board. They also organized a BT pub for the new teachers to meet and connect with their colleagues from our board. Likewise they help organize the Provincial BT Conference where our new Catholic teachers from across the province get together to share information and experiences. A Niagara Wine Trip is also in the planning for this spring, to which everyone will be invited. Details will be forthcoming and we look forward to seeing you then, if not at the upcoming tournament.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

BTC: Education Minister Gets Frosty Reception!


Ontario Minister of Education Laurel Broten received a seemingly frosty reception during her key address and Q+A Friday at our 2012 Beginning Teacher Conference [BTC]. Pressing questions and uncertainty over the Drummond report, the PDT [Provincial Discussion Table], and mixed government messaging over the past few weeks were first and foremost on the members minds with our latest contract talks about to begin.


The Beginning teachers quizzed the minister on their job, program and salary concerns. The Minister, while short on details, was quick to state the Liberals continued support for the many excellent gains we have collectively made in rebuilding the Education system in Ontario since the Harris years. She repeated the government's support for all day Kindergarten and caps on class size, noting these were the most timely issues at present, but was otherwise unspecific. A lot of our members seemed ill at ease.


Our teacher's association has a proud and productive history of working with the Liberal government in finding creative and constructive problem solving solutions to our provincial education issues. Without doubt  our teachers expect to continue the partnership during these difficult economic times. However our concerns were well reflected in the Beginning teachers probing questions. Unlike our usual warm, candid teacher meetings with the Ministry, Friday was less of an apparent Liberal love-in than in years past. There were many pointed questions. They were presented without rancour. Still the teachers weren't certain about the present status quo, and sought clear reassurances about our ongoing good working relationship with the Liberal government. Surely our BT's meeting with Education Minster Broten well reflected our concern about how to proceed together in light of the many proposed education cuts in the Drummond Report.


I have worked with Laurel Broten for many years since her 2003 election, like many of our senior teachers, and hold her and the premier in high regard for the many advancements we have made in building our world class education system. Regretfully, on Friday the messaging though seemingly positive, was vague about how the government plans to continue with this great working relationship, a situation we look forward to reconfirming in the upcoming budget and contract talks ahead. Our BT's did especially well in making this clear.


Please stay tuned for more teacher and union news and views about the great group of Beginning Teachers we have, as well as  more about this weekend's conference in the days ahead.



Education Minister Broten at the BTC Friday.


Beginning Teacher's 2012 was a great success but....


Have the first tremours of a seismic Ontario political shift begun..........?.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Ye TSU Olde Stone Cottage Pub


Thursday:

I awoke an hour early this morning, lying in the dark, thinking of all the things I needed to do today, school, union, home. I nodded off again til the alarm went off. It was still dark. After breakfast Janet and I kissed good bye and went our separate ways to work. Driving along Sheppard and up the backstreets to JCM, I'm listening to some Blue Note jazz, "Jean Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa" on the car stereo. Funky in it's own way but still won't they ever end, these seemingly endless winter days?

Yes they will. Today is a moment in time. It's mid February and we are off to the annual TSU Teachers Pub at the Olde Stone Cottage in Scarborough. I admit, I got lost. I was born in Toronto. I've lived in Toronto all my life, but in the west end. When I cross Yonge Street, anywhere north or south of the crosstown highway 401, I might as well be on Mars.

No matter. The pub is hopping when I arrive. The waitress is bringing out huge plates of wings, and fries. I get my drink. There's our TSU east end crowd. Our teacher pubs are a pretty good way to end a school day, begin another school night, and try to beat the winter blahs. Only tomorrow is a PD day. This is the long Family Day weekend in Ontario. Without students it's all but a four day weekend, as far as teaching goes. That's very timely. Second semester classes are up and running. Marks are in. It's real busy now but March break isn't too far off, just far enough, for a good excuse to toss back a drink or two with my teacher colleagues and friends.

Once again our Social Committee is hosting a simply great member event. We sign in and get our two complimentary drink tickets. I toss my trench coat and hat over a chair and get down to some much needed good times free of care. There's Angie who's teaching Math with us at McGuigan now. Helene and Raphael our Beginning Teacher chair and staff rep arrive from St. Mikes. Antonella's here from Fraser. There's lots of teachers from our east end schools; Pope John Paul 2, Blessed Mother Theresa, Fraser; Neil, St. Pats, and Newman; the teacher canon of Catholic saints. Everyone's sitting back and stretching out as the sun sets and another long winter night settles upon us.

I am pleasantly surprised how many of you recognised me from this blog. Joe from Chaminade says he's read me, seen my picture and knew me right away. I am honoured. Ottavio and I discuss the political scene. Craig and the Johnson crowd wave hello. Craig put in many long hours for Beginning Teachers. Hey, here's a volleyball tip for anybody who's reading. Yes it's almost time again. Yes, the date had to be rolled back to book the PJ2 gym for a Friday night. April 20th sounds right, if I were to tell you about it here. Please keep practicing and wait for the official announcement.

Our executive show up. President Jansen answers member questions by the bar. Second Vice President Bruno and I find Counsellor Szollosy meeting and greeting folks by the pool tables, and sit down for some teacher union talk, jokes and good cheer. Answer some member inquiries. Frank knows his Bill 168 Teacher Health and Safety act very well. Counsellor Martelli takes care of our member's questions in the main bar as everyone enjoys the evening. Perhaps there's a hint of detente in the cozy bar as our post Christmas exec clicks into gear to wrap up the tasks at hand, and consider what is to be done, to further help our members. The planning begins for next year.

It's pub night but of course there's lots of teacher talk and questions, a lot of speculation on the upcoming contract talks and the Drummond Report pior to the Ontario March budget. Come spring and the provincial political scene will be heating up too with Harris like whiffs of education cuts to come, especially if Tim Hudak's Conservatives can sway public opinion their way. But tonight the conversation is light, less serious.

February is the shortest month, yet it can seem to drag on forever. Come March the winter freeze will start to lift. From there the days will quickly speed up with the summer vacation approaching fast. There are classes, marks, TSU committees, the Annual General Meetings and a unit election to wrap up first. All this and more, but I don't want to wish my life away, daydreaming about summer too much, as tempting as that can be.

As I leave to warm up my car, Ms. Oakley shouts out the directions home. Thanks Theresa! I turn on the stereo, and pull out on the street for a quick trip across the top of the city back home in the west end. It's just been a generally all around nice day, despite everything that the deep of winter brings. As the lights of the Olde Stone Cottage disappear in my rear view mirror, I can't help but sigh and admit to myself that winter or not, life is pretty good.

For more stories about Yonge St. Toronto see my July Blog Archive below...

Sunday, 12 February 2012

New! Discipline Reporting Online?

As my regular readers have probably guessed by now, I am a high tech junky. Yup, I'm hooked. If you were at the board roll out for the Smart board computers last week, you would've seen me lined up eagerly to get a laptop. Then you'd have found me sitting in the front row for the first in-service on what this new board technology can help us do in Special Education. If you read my January post on telephone voting you'd have noticed I worked to forward a friendly amendment to have our unit step another rung up the technological ladder for our election this spring. So it should come as little surprise that I am now going to tout the new electronic discipline incident form finally launched by our board over the past month or so.


Our TSU Joint Safe Schools Committee [JSS]has been working for a few years now with the TCDSB to create a useful, user friendly and effective way to fill out and submit student discipline forms on line and according to the Ministry of Education's Safe School regulations. This is reflected in our co-authored Agreement of Principles you'll find on the opening screen. I know. I know. Only a teacher could be intrigued and excited about a development like this. Student wrong doers beware! Ha. Be that as it may it is a big step forward in helping us follow and implement a coherent progressive discipline strategy in an easy to follow way.


So far you should've received electronic copies of two documents; said Agreement of Principles, and the step by step PDIR [Progressive Discipline Incident Report] guide on how to use the new system, in your board email. Let's examine how they can be helpful for teachers, administration and students alike. To provide balance let's also examine some possible contentious issues and improvements as well.


Okay, here's a brief rundown on the steps. You enter the TCDSB Intranet, look across 3 columns to the Applications column, then scroll down to "Progressive Discipline Reporting Forms" link and click. The opening screen shows the Agreement of Principals developed by the TDSB and TSU Joint Safe Schools Committee. At the bottom are the two links main links for the "Incident Reports" and "Reporting Form".


The "Reporting Form" is a Ministry of Education requirement for any serious incident that violates the terms of the Safe School Act, and might require expulsion. These include threats, physical and sexual assaults, robbery, trafficking and so on. Our board has added vandalism, bullying and swearing at a teacher, also serious and repeated misconduct. See the form for the complete list. Please note it is MANDATORY to fill out and submit one of these forms when any of these discipline incidents happen, anywhere in the school, at a school activity, or on a school bus! I'm not too sure everybody knows or does that. Do you? More on this later.


The "Incident Reports" link takes you to a locally developed form covering a wide range of other discipline concerns including classroom behaviour, attendance, habitual neglect of duty, inappropriate comments and  improper use of electronic equipment [ie; cellphones in class]. The Safe School incidents are also listed there. Please see the form for a complete list of the incidents as there are a lot more. When you click the Incident Reporting link you will see a list of your own students each semester. You also have the option to see a complete list of all the students at your school. The drop down box to activate this option is at the top right of your screen.


When you click on a student's name you will be directed to an onscreen form to fill out. The incident may require suspension or another type of office follow-up. There is a checklist of mitigating circumstances they will might need to consider, the actions you have taken, and of course boxes for a brief factual description of the incident, your name and those of the witnesses and the alleged victim and perpetrator involved, the time and location, date and so on.


As the Statement of Principles states these forms can be filled out on line or by hard copy, because many of our teachers still do not have timely access to a school computer. A verbal report may also be made, which of course may be absolutely necessary right away in a serious situation. Investigation and detailed reporting of the incident is the duty of the administration. Further discussion of the incident with administration may be required, and administrative actions and follow-up should be provided in a "timely," "promptly" manner to you,  once you click the bottom box for it to be "referred to administration".


This last point is very interesting. It provides you with a progressive discipline option to follow in less serious incidents, let's say attendance, cellphone use, or other various acts of classroom misconduct and so on, before you send your form to the office. Indeed, you don't have to send the form right away. You can save them on line, listing the actions you have taken, such as warnings, a discussion, detention, phone call home, a parent conference, or what have you. If the problem still persists you then send them all in at once to the office where it's pretty much a slam dunk for them to act effectively. The proper progressive discipline steps have all been followed and documented. The student has had ample opportunity to change their behaviour, so now the administration can act swiftly and decisively from here with a suspension or some other suitable strong disciplinary action. The case has all ready been made with sufficient evidence to support doing so.


So, it all sounds pretty good eh? Yup, just a little something I thought up myself....heh, heh....er, not! Actually our TSU JSS [Joint Safe Schools Committee] has worked with the TCDSB for a few years on this, as the legislation was clarified, the forms developed and principles discussed to both our and the board's satisfaction. I worked for two years on the project, but it was this year's JSS team including Teresa Placha, Lou Trinchi and President Rene Jansen who finally nailed down all our collective hard work for you the teachers. So there you go, it's up and running now. Of course there are still some problems.. Nothing is ever perfect. Let me list a few from my own involvement in the project.


Where you aware of these options? The PDIR manual? The Agreement of Principals? The Ministry of Education Safe Schools form? Have you ever seen or used the online or hard copy versions? One fears in many cases perhaps not. In servicing and accessibility is a problem our joint committee has discussed at length with the board. In principle it's all set up and running now, and everybody has been advised accordingly. I'm sure the good intent is there but it would be interesting to see how widely it is actually being used. I hope I am wrong!


If not then maybe more further professional development is necessary? This is big folks! Everybody, staff and administration needs to get on board with the program. Indeed the whole process isn't something anybody at the board or TSU thought up for lack of something better to do. There are strong legal requirements from the Ministry of Education for the Safe School legislation to be followed! One could end up in pretty hot water if they are not, including possible legal action, or referrals to the Ontario College of Teachers. Should the progressive discipline model and reporting requirements under the Safe School Act not be followed correctly your job or even worse could be on the line! The school board and your school administration could get in big trouble, if they don't follow the legislation too!

Another major concern for us as teachers is access to all the discipline incident records for the students at our school, not just those we teach. When you click on a student's name, their picture will show up. That's good for identification purposes, but then so is a copy of the yearbook. Bottom line is that the only other info available is how many incident forms have been filled out for them. That can be useful in determining if we are dealing with a first time offender, or a student with a history of infractions. The problem here is that we don't have access at a glance to what the other discipline incident reports were for. Were they for lates or skips? Cellphone issues? Or were they for something much more serious like threats or fights? That can make a big difference! We encounter students throughout the school, most of them not our own, in the course of our on call duties, or performing supervision, let's say when they are outside our class when they shouldn't be. This unresolved issue could very much affect our own safety and those of the students in our care!


Unfortunately, an ongoing debate continues over privacy of information. There doesn't seem to be any easy answers from either the teacher's or the school board's point of view. Think of the "fresh start" students transferred to your school after a serious incident. You very well might not have any idea who they are or if they pose a serious risk to you or the other students when you are dealing with a disciplinary incident in the cafeteria, hallway, or schoolyard. I'm sure there are many other examples you can think of too. The question remains, do privacy rights trump our right to safety and security at our workplace, the school? 


Unfortunately it may take a precedent setting legal case before that is clear. TSU and the board have taken different positions while developing the new form. Although I would disagree with not providing full disclosure to any teacher who might be at risk, I can understand their concern with the legal intricacies of the rights of disclosure under the law. It's the proverbial argument about the rights of the individual verses those of the larger group. With Canada's contentious young offender legislation in mind, I can understand why a very cautious approach might be desirable until this is further clarified. I also shudder to think what might happen in the meantime, if not at our schools, then elsewhere to some innocent student or teacher victim faced with a potentially dangerous individual they know nothing about.

At our different schools teachers and admin alike have often had their own local approach to reporting and investigating problems over the years. Disciplinary actions have varied too. One can see how some of us might feel like these "PDIF" and "Safe Schools Reporting Form" requirements just interfere with what might've worked well for us in the past. However, we are entering a whole new age. School discipline has become a complicated systematic legal issue we can't ignore, or just wish away. Failure to deal with it correctly can have very dire consequences for all concerned. The simpler more direct methods are now long gone along with the seemingly simpler times of year's past.


These days we all face a huge mountain of paperwork at school. I personally believe we must inevitably head towards a paperless society. The new technology that is becomingly increasingly common at school suggests that may for practical reasons be coming sooner rather than later. When done on line our progressive discipline procedures and reports become a lot more streamlined, and easier to document and act upon, rather than relying on the cabinets full of paper files and the endless verbal exchanges it's taken over the past few years to deal with a problem.


In some of our inner city schools, the problems we are dealing with can be a lot more serious than in others, although there is ample argument to be made that the same are happening in other schools everywhere too. Many teachers are increasingly dealing with very serious problems involving gangs, drugs, fights, weapons, well you name it. Bullying is now recognized as an important legal issue, and it seems to cut across all the socio-economic lines between and in our schools. Perhaps it always has.

Canadians claim to place great importance on law and order, but everywhere that now seems to be breaking down. However, it's also been argued that the past was full of different injustices and abuses unless you were from a nice middle class white bread family like on "Leave It To Beaver" or "My Three Sons".Perhaps that was even just a television myth of what the societal status quo and our families were supposed to be like, even when they were being first broadcast into our homes at night. Was it really like that for blacks, Asians, Italians, Quebecois, aborigines or the poor fifty years ago? At any rate the reality of the situation is that is not what we are dealing with at school today, nor will it be anytime in the foreseeable future, if in fact it ever where the case for all Canadians.

As far as our current situation goes at school here in Toronto today, the new electronic discipline incident reporting forms are a step in the right direction to carry out our mandated Safe Schools legislation requirements, all the the remaining challenges I've mentioned notwithstanding. I would argue it is a big step in trying to establish some good order and procedure to help make the new progressive discipline methodology work fairly and effectively for teachers, administration, and  for all our students, be they well behaved or not.


Ideally we all need access to a school computer to do these forms properly online, an expensive prospect during these tight budgetary times. Our teachers are finally starting to get more computers for our administrative use. It's harder for our old school teachers, including myself sometimes to change and adapt to the new ways, but for our younger ones who grew up with this technology it shouldn't be a hard sell. These new changes in how we report and deal with discipline problems are an incredible challenge that will take time to come to terms with, but we must do so in this increasingly complicated world. I believe the Joint TSU and TCDSB Safe Schools committee has worked together admirably in at least taking a tentative first step in better trying to deal with our common problems effectively using the latest technology available. It may not be enough to have anybody dancing in the street just yet but we are all moving together in the same direction, no small feat itself.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Our Education Minister: Some Thoughts + Speculation

Etobicoke Lakeshore Liberal MPP and Minister of Education Laurel Broten held her 9th New Year Levee with her many constituents, family, friends and helpers back in her home riding on January 29th. I recognised a number of our TSU members present including Counsellor Bianka Hudek who has worked with Laurel since our unit first helped her get elected in 2003. Indeed Laurel was quick to recognise us all and note, in her address, that at least a third of her election workers have been teachers. She looks forward to continue working with us now in her new role as Minister of Education.

I have posted before why I think Laurel could serve us very well as Minster of Education. There will  however, be challenges, of that there isn't any doubt. Our contract talks will begin soon. When I enquired about this, Laurel noted that it is not easy getting all the various partners to sit down together at the provincial table first to set up a framework for our local negotiations as in years past. We must also consider that there is no longer a majority Liberal government at Queens Park. It's only a one seat minority, but still the political climate will have changed as the new legislature meets to carry out it's work.

You have probably heard about the Drummond Report which will make recommendations on how the province might balance the budget. We can expect the Tim Hudak Conservatives to continue to call for pay and benefit cuts for teachers and other members of the public service sector. NDP leader Andrea Horwath will take the exact opposite tact, insisting even more be spent. The McGuinty Liberals will once again be in the political centre trying to perform a balancing act. Public opinion could sway all over the place rocking the political spectrum from right to left. Watch with interest; it will be a very difficult balancing act indeed!

TSU Ad Hoc Special Education [AHSE] Chair Linda Witney was also in attendance at the Levee and met our new Minister of Education. Our AHSE committee is currently involved in carrying out a Special Education review to be shared with our Local Bargaining Committee to use during the contract talks. Of course, in any such contract negotiation, there are pay, benefit and working condition issues that will all need to be addressed. I haven't any doubt Laurel will be very educational friendly to us as teachers, but of course she will have a difficult balancing act to perform with our many different partners in education, who will also be letting the ministry know what they think and want too.

I have discussed our AHSE Committee work before, and will do so again soon, to explain our work further. In the meantime suffice to say that when the contract is being hammered out there will be a lot of important issues and different interests discussed at the table. It's good to know OECTA Provincial  Government Relations has had a very good working relationship with Laurel, most notably over the past while in developing the all day Kindergarten program when Laurel had the Minstery of Child and Youth portfolio. And of course she isn't a stranger at TSU either. Special Education is certainly one of many issues, both the TCDSB and us will want to discuss.

On our way into the Levee Laurel, Janet and I reminisced a bit about the Witmar years. Who could've guessed then, at the beginning of our long struggle to elect and support an education friendly government, that someday Laurel would be our Minister of Education? Likewise who knows what will happen in the years ahead?

There was some very interesting scuttlebutt making the rounds at the Levee on the possibility of Premier McGuinty stepping down and calling a provincial leadership convention during his 3rd term in office. Such speculation is not new. Apparently he promised his wife Terry that he would only be premier for 10 years, and she is keen to hold him to this, and get back home to Ottawa. The latest speculation is that Dalton is considering a run in the Federal Liberal Leadership race! Both the Provincial and the Federal liberals were doing a lot of hobnobbing during their concurrent conventions in Ottawa recently, and a lot of Dalton's speeches and addresses have more national than provincial references in them as of late. If you consider that Dalton McGuinty is now the longest reigning and most successful Liberal Party leader in Canada, the idea of him running for Federal Liberal Party leader might not be too far fetched. We will have to wait to see.

The possibility opens up another interesting prospect. Who would then run for Ontario Provincial Liberal Leader? Kennedy and Smitherman are long gone now. Kathleen Wynne's name often comes up, but how would she play outside the Metro Toronto mindset? What about Laurel then? She's young, married, has two kids in our French Catholic immersion schools, and an experienced profile that includes the Environment, Healthcare, Childcare and Education Ministries. It's interesting to speculate. Could Laurel someday become our first female Ontario Premier?

Even those closest to Laurel at the Levee, family not withstanding claim they don't know what Laurel might do, even suggesting perhaps she won't until the time arrives. It might be a prospect to watch for carefully over the next year or two as she settles down into her newest high profile ministry.

In the meantime, other more immediate and pressing issues are ready to possibly boil over on the front burner of Ontario educational politics. There's the new contract, the GSA [Gay Straught Alliance Club] issue in the Catholic schools; on and on the list goes. Laurel will definitely be one minister to watch with great interest over the next little while as she rises to the many challenges that lie ahead!

PS: You can find my October posting on Laurel in my Blog Archives at the bottom of this column. Likewise in my September and October blogs I have discussed the Ontario political scene in greater depth, especially as it affects our Catholic schools. Also what Andrea Horwath needs to do. There is more info on AHSE in the December Archives as well. Photos from the Levee are posted in the slide show top screen left. Your comments are always appreciated in person, or via the link in the space below each blog.

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A careful analytical study!

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Have you seen them!

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Temples + Snakes!

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The Snake!

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