Blog Posts

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June 20, 2023

Abbotsford’s Tiniest Teachers

The classroom gets quiet, and then students call out, “Is Baby Charlotte coming today” or “Is Baby Milo coming to see us soon”. Two classrooms at Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw have spent the school year learning from two tiny teachers. Baby Charlotte first visited Ms. Brittney Wallace’s Grade 4/5 class in October 2022 at about 3 months old. Mrs. Jennifer Vallance’s Grade 5 class connected with Baby Milo at about the same time.

Young students sit and play with the baby visitor June 7 - Superintendent Newsletter Image
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May 23, 2023

Equitable Endeavours through our District's Equity Framework

In previous posts, I have shared my perspectives on the spectre of systemic racism in education, particularly in relation to Indigenous Peoples. I highlighted two interrelated constructs related to this issue: epistemic racism (the idea that there is only one form of true knowledge) and the related “racism of low expectations” highlighted in the 2016 Auditor General’s Report.

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Middle school aged girl playing the piano Strengths in the Spotlight
April 28, 2023

Strengths in the Spotlight

Shining Through is an 18-minute film showcasing the strengths and talents of two middle school students in BC, one from right here in Abbotsford.  The film highlights an FASD-informed approach that educators can adopt and cultivate.  This story shares the simple truth that when we build from our strengths, we all experience more success. 

Middle school aged girl playing the piano Strengths in the Spotlight
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March 8, 2023

Curriculum Support

Did you know that we have a whole team of people here at the Curriculum Department ready to support you in learning more about Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction?

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March 8, 2023

More Play: Doctor’s Orders

Earlier this school year, leaders in our organization had the opportunity to learn from renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Shimi Kang on the subject of mental health and wellbeing.

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February 2, 2023

Education Assistant Connections

The EA Peer Mentor program started as a pilot three years ago and is now in its 2nd year of permanence. It currently has two full-time Education Assistant Peer Mentors, Connie Hampson and Alicia Kroeker, who support any/all EAs interested in the voluntary program. Upon registration, the two parties schedule their time together with the convenience of the mentees’ schedule in mind. EA Peer mentors collaborate with mentees to support them in their role and work together to help the mentee feel more confident, provide encouragement, and strengthen their skills.

February 2, 2023

Black History Month & Resistance

“Now let us begin. Now let us re-dedicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world.” -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 11, 2023

Early Literacy

Noticing a shift in literacy instruction across the district? Wonder what is going on in the classroom down the hall?  

January 3, 2023

Three Wishes for 2023

It has been my practice for the last few Januarys to make predictions about possible changes in the K-12 sector. This practice goes back as far as 2015 when I highlighted the top ten issues facing our education system and some things to watch for as we sought to transform it.

December 13, 2022

The Hidden Developmental Disorder

Imagine going to work every single day and failing to understand what your boss is saying, despite your best efforts. Worse yet, your colleagues don’t seem to be struggling at all. This could be how some of your students experience school. Next time you observe a student in your class who struggles to follow your instructions, who never seems to know what to do, who talks around and around what he wants to say, who misses jokes or sarcasm, consider DLD.