Thursday, 25 June 2015

Chimamanda Adichie and Leila Janah

Chimamanda Adichie and Leila Janah are two of my favourite leaders and speakers. 

Listen to two great speakers of this decade. 

Links below:

Chimamanda Adichie at the Wesley College Commencement.

Leila Janah on End Poverty and Give Work

Sunday, 21 June 2015


We started with 12 athletes' in 1987. This week we had 350 registrations. 
It was a magical day of Physically Challenged Athletes showing everyone what they can do! 

Thanks to all of the Organizational Team, EA's, Teachers, Parents, Volunteers and the Athletes doing an amazing job. 

Thanks to Susan Pritchard for leading the event this year and for organizing the Halton Spec. Ed. Department to support and run the event and for Senior Admin and Trustees who took time out to start races and cheer on staff and athletes. Thanks to Ward 1 Trustee, Leah Reynolds for being the official starter. 

Thanks to the Milton Optimist club for providing everyone an amazing hotdog and hamburg lunch followed by drinks and freezes!

Thanks to Complete Rent-Alls on Heritage Rd. for providing the generator FREE OF CHARGE AGAIN and for Long and McQuade for organizing our sound systems. 

Thanks to Barry Koepke and all of his Anne MacArthur and Glenview student officials who were stellar. 

Thanks to Alison Pabst, Corinne Stratford, Leslie Davis for all you have done for 15 years or more to make this event a success. 

We always thank Ethel Gardiner for looking down on us and arranging perfect weather.

Thanks to folks have left their mark in a number of ways...retired Coordinators Deb Wood and Sue Amos, parent Linda Leppek and retired Superintendent Brenda Kearney.

Thanks to Jason Misner, Halton's Communication Officer, for putting together this photo essay of some of the track events on Halton's web page. 


Mark Wickens
Event Original Staff 

Click the Picture or Link below for the Video.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Spirit of Brock Medal Presentation

Congratulations to Bill Morgan. 
Bill is a wonderful candidate in my Methods classes, at the Faculty of Eduction, Brock University.  

He is a visually impaired candidate that worked tirelessly to complete all of the expectations of the Teacher Education program, and achieved stellar results. 

Proud of this great guy!

Click Here for Presentation:

Monday, 15 June 2015



My colleague, Dr. Peter Vietgen, Professor of Art Education delivered our convocation address in June, 2015! 

Listen to his top 10 countdown of priorities for our new Grads! 
Awesome job to send off our new Graduating class! 

Keep the Arts in focus! 
Great countries do!


Tuesday, 9 June 2015


Rex Murphy is a Rhodes Scholar who very succinctly, makes key points on current events.

Below he presents his view on the amazing opportunity we have in Canada to follow through on the 94 Recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

I hope as he points out, that this is not just going to be another flare that goes up with a bang and quickly passes.

As educators, we have an amazing opportunity now to acknowledge this unfortunate historical event and put a monitored, cyclic action plan in place to ensure our students, parents, teachers, administrators and support staffs, move toward a diverse and inclusive school community that engages the indigenous populations and make them a part of moving forward.

Recommendations 6 to 12 focus the next steps necessary, to improve the aboriginal education experience.

Click here for Rex Murphy's Presentation:

Click here for the Commission's 94 Recommendations:

Thursday, 4 June 2015

PISA and OECD Results Are Damaging Education

The letter below outlines how PISA and OECD are damaging the morale of Ministries of Education world wide, Boards of Education, educators, and students. It's systems for assessment are outdated.

This letter to the PISA administration is signed by a number of International Academics that say PISA testing results are not the standard to which we should aspire. It is an incompetent measuring tool and does not take the whole child into account or the real purpose of education. Isn't education at the elementary and secondary level, meant to prepare students for participation in democratic self-government, with a well developed moral compass, ready for a life of personal development, growth and wellbeing, and to ready oneself for further education or career choices? Isn't about developing the skills necessary for the 21st century, and resilience for a world of rapid growth and change?

If you want to improve the standards of education world wide, and improve teaching pedagogies and best practices, then a collaborative, teacher performance appraisal framework, by highly trained administrators that are focussed on improving educators as role models of the Standards of Practice, is most effective.

Look at the top education systems in the world. They use personal performance appraisal systems at the school level. They don't need international testing devices to plan their next steps.

Read this short assessment of PISA and the impact it is unfortunately having.
How do we better assess our international performance in education if that is necessary.
It surely can be done without ruining student self images and the morale of hard working teachers.