FAQ / AMA

Can I volunteer if I live outside of the Ward

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Absolutely! Contact michael@michaeljanz.ca and we would be happy to find a role that suits your skillset. From putting up and taking down signs, to delivering flyers, to hosting parties and knocking on doors, all volunteer help is appreciated. Visit www.michaeljanz.ca/volunteer

Do you support "full inclusion" of special needs students?

...and should the district do away with specialized sites like Edmonton Catholic did?

- J.C via email (michael@michaeljanz.ca)

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As a general rule, I am wary of one-size-fits-all solutions and it is important that we continue to respond to parent demand by offering both specialized supports as well as inclusive opportunities for all students. Some families have been clear that they want their child in a full or partial inclusive setting. Others families have asked me to continue to protect specialized programming sites. 

As trustee, I will continue to advocate to support options for programming within Edmonton Public.

I've seen hundreds of examples of how inclusion can be successful, but I’ve also heard dozens of challenging stories from teachers and parents about cases where more must be done.

I will continue to advocate for the classroom supports, teacher training, and additional programming opportunities to ensure that all children can be successful.

Do you support vaccinations as a requirement to attend Edmonton Public Schools?

Do you support Vaccinations? And should they be a requirement to attend Edmonton Public Schools?

- Michael (another one!) (who asked me when I was out door knocking)

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I encourage you to get vaccinated. I am vaccinated. My son is vaccinated. I hope his future classmates are vaccinated. I want our schools to be safe and caring learning environments, and taking care of our own health against dangerous and deadly disease is a first step.

The question of whether or not vaccination should be a requirement to attend public schools is a matter of debate in the legal community, and I have been previously advised by legal council that a vaccination requirement would not be legally allowed and could mire us in expensive court challenges. That being said, because of the public health urgency of this question, I encourage you to talk to your friends about vaccination and support scientific, evidence-based decision making.

http://www.health.alberta.ca/health-info/immunization.html

I will continue to advocate for immunizations and positive health and wellness outcomes for all students, staff, and families.

Do you support home (or parent directed) schooling?

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As a general rule, I don't support one-size-fits-all solutions and I know that flexibility to respond in education is essential. One of the reasons I am proud to be a trustee for Edmonton Public Schools is our fantastic suite of programs and alternative education offerings we can provide to students and families-- within an efficient, transparent, and accountable public school system.

Many don't know this, but Edmonton Public Schools actually offers Home Education programs through Argyll Centre. Thousands of students across Alberta benefit from the fantastic staff and efforts of our school district in compliance with the provincial Home Education Regulation and Alberta Curriculum. You can be a home schooled student through Edmonton Public Schools!

I have supported and continue to support our work through Argyll Centre, and as a trustee, I will continue to advocate in support of their excellent work.

 

Related: https://www.epsb.ca/programs/homeeducation/homeschoolingparent-directed/

I will continue to advocate for programs of choice, parent choice, and support flexibility and programming options for families.

Do you support parental notification if a child attends a Gay Straight Alliance?

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No. I wrote about why "outing" students who join GSAs is dangerous and contributes to youth homelessness and worse in detail here: www.michaeljanz.ca/gsa. I urge you to sign the petition in support.

I have voted consistently in support of vulnerable students over the past seven years as your trustee.

I am the only declared candidate in Ward F to sign the SOS Pledge in protection of our Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Youth: https://www.supportourstudents.ca/2017/09/13/school-trustee-candidate-pledge/

How can we improve outcomes in Mathematics?

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You will not find one trustee, parent, teacher, or educator who does not want to improve math education in Edmonton Public — and across Alberta. We must ensure that all students have mastery of the basics (mental math, making change etc.) and that each student is able to excel at complex problem solving questions. This is not an "either/or" but rather a "both/and".

At the Board level, we’ve spent a great deal of time reviewing Math and Numeracy outcomes, and we’ve improved access to Teacher professional development with a prioritization on numeracy. Since 2014, I have supported and celebrated the MIPI (Math Intervention Programming instrument), a formative evaluation tool to assist teachers in identifying areas needed for intervention. But, there’s more work to be done, and I will continue to use my role as trustee to support district efforts to improve math outcomes by continuing to review and support emerging tools and training options. I will also stay in constant dialogue with the province, advocating for strong numeracy in the provincial curriculum.

Please also consider the work I have done emphasizing financial and consumer literacy for students (http://www.edmontonsun.com/2017/05/09/edmonton-public-school-trustees-want-more-finance-lessons-in-classes

What are your thoughts about Provincial Curriculum Revisions?

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Curriculum is determined at the provincial level (not by the different school boards) and is ultimately signed off on by the Minister of Education. It is consistently reviewed on an ongoing basis and updated regularly. As trustee, I have taken the time to ask questions and advocate on important concerns I have heard from my constituents. There are a number of themes I hear again and again, and for which I will continue to advocate: we need to teach our children evidence-based information; we need proficiency in basic competencies such as reading, writing, and mathematics; and we need a curriculum that fosters new tools such as critical thinking and financial literacy. I will continue to push for the basics, while also making sure students have the new tools and techniques they’ll need for a changing global world. These goals are not mutually exclusive, and our students will need both to success.

However, there’s an important distinction here in the Board’s role. The content -- “what” is taught -- is determined by teachers and experts through the provincial curriculum redesign. The methodology -- “how” those outcomes are taught -- is up to your classroom teacher. I will continue to advocate for smaller class sizes, supports, and tools to make sure teachers can do the best possible job of the “how.”   

 

  • published this page 2017-09-07 09:32:09 -0600

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