I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School

I care a lot more about the environment than I do about the content For the record: I do value my son’s education. I appreciate teachers and the near-impossible task they are handed every single day: Please, educate these children. No, you may not have any more resources. No, you may not have better ventilation in yourContinue reading ” I Don’t Care What My Son Learns in Elementary School”

Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children

Anybody else’s school have rules about not letting the kids jump in puddles?   How ridiculous is that?   Send an email home asking parents to send extra clothes with their kids and let them PLAY.  This morning I happily dug out my son’s rubber boots so he could splash in puddles at recess. WhenContinue reading “Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children”

Executive Functions in the Classroom

How teachers and school staff can support students with executive functioning difficulties In my personal and professional experience, when we inform a teacher that a student in their class has ADHD, a learning disability — or any divergent neurotype — they often nod as though they understand and don’t ask specific questions about that student.Continue reading “Executive Functions in the Classroom”

I Discussed ADHD On National News

ADHD Education Report Card Reflection The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) recently put out a policy paper entitled 2021 Report Card: ADHD in the School System. This paper a 10-year follow-up to a similar report the CADDAC shared in 2010. In response, I and representatives from other agencies were interviewed by CityNews for our perspectives on supportingContinue reading “I Discussed ADHD On National News”

Funding Public Education

Change must start at the top, then work its way down Programs are useless. Programs don’t work. They are usually a flash in the pan. They’re a way for politicians to brag about the “innovative” new programming they’re funding, maybe they post something fancy on social media, and then everything returns to the status quo. Our educationContinue reading “Funding Public Education”

Anti-Bullying Articles & Resources

Stories and articles about bullying prevention and support Today is pink shirt day, a day intended promote awareness of bullying, spark conversations about bullying, and increase programs intended to prevent bullying. Programs don’t work. Programs are nearly always a bandaid solution. What works is a full-scale school and division-wide culture change, and fundamental changes in pedagogy,Continue reading “Anti-Bullying Articles & Resources”

Performative In Pink

It will take a lot more than wearing pink shirts to end bullying I don’t really have an issue with pink shirt day, per se. In fact, I think it’s a great way to increase awareness and to start conversations about bullying in schools and classrooms. Pink shirt day even began as a grassroots movement byContinue reading “Performative In Pink”

The Pain of Internalized Stigma

February is National Inclusive Education Month I shared this story with the previous Education Minister and received nothing but a form email from his office assistant in response. Now I’m sharing it with all of you, and with our new Education Minister, MLA Wayne Ewasko. By sharing this heartbreaking story, I hope to prevent otherContinue reading “The Pain of Internalized Stigma”

An Open Letter to Manitoba’s Minister of Education

MLA Wayne Ewasko, Minister of EducationRoom 168, Legislative Building450 Broadway Winnipeg MB R3C 0V8 Dear Mr. Ewasko, Manitoba parents and school staff wish to welcome you into your new role as Education Minister for our province. It is our hope that your experience as a teacher and guidance counsellor will help you appreciate and better understandContinue reading “An Open Letter to Manitoba’s Minister of Education”

Inclusion Stories

My story series about inclusion, particularly inclusive education The following is a collection of my stories related to inclusion, particularly as it relates to inclusive schools and classrooms. There’s no use in ranting or complaining about something without putting forth actionable and realistic suggestions for improvement, so I started there, with Cultivating Inclusive Classrooms. It’sContinue reading “Inclusion Stories”