A Monster To-Do List

That is, not a to-do list for a monster, but a humongous ‘stay-on-top-of’ list.

It isn’t like the shopping list for Halloween: tick off the items as they are placed in the shopping basket, then toss the piece of paper into recycling and forget about it until the same time next year. No, it is more a cycle: one might have bought this week’s groceries, but at some point in the next few days, the closets and cupboards are going to have to be inventoried. The fridge contents will have to be examined, assessed (“Boy, really? Yogurt out of expiry by two weeks? That chicken is probably okay, though – here, I’ll just take a whiff. Uh-oh, maybe not so much.”) reflected upon and decisions made.

Inspiring Hearts & Minds is the driver, but like Alberta Education, CRPS is in action also. We have to translate that transformational philosophy into practice. So how are we doing? The school district needs to check in with the community to exchange information and ideas:

o   Setting the Direction (special needs)

o   Inspiring Education/Inspiring Action (surveys closed. Forum still open, but
its days are numbered, please contribute!)

o   Speak Out (Alberta Student Engagement Initiative)

o   Revision of The School Act (forecast for Spring 2011)

o   Tripartite talks (ASBA/ATA/Government of Alberta)  underway right now for the next teachers’ contract (current one expires in 2012).

There’s more, of course, but that will do for starters. What are your concerns and questions? Post them here. The Board is looking for topics that are relevant to our community within the schools and beyond. Let’s talk, let’s listen.

✔ At least I can check one thing off: first blog post since the election.

About Esmé Comfort

My husband Jim and I moved to the Bow Valley in 1980, settling in Canmore in 1983. Both my children were born in Canmore and attended K -12 in Canadian Rockies Public Schools District (CRPS), French Immersion. For the past six years I served as vice-chair of the board. Alberta Government support to the CRPS Inspiring Hearts & Minds initiative created opportunities for provincial, national and international outreach. In the past I held positions on the Canmore Daycare Board, the preschool board, and various school councils/PACs; I served as president of the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French for five years and sat on the provincial board for two. I currently sit on the board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival, work full time at an events management firm and edit, copy-edit and proofread on contract. My husband and I ran a small main street business for 18 years: supply and install floor wall and window coverings.
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One Response to A Monster To-Do List

  1. Corina says:

    That is a tall order but you’re more than suited for the tasks! Look forward to reading further – I have a special interest in a few.

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