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What our teachers would like to see

The following is the full list of recommendations that the Swan Valley Teachers' Association (SVTA) sent to the Manitoba Education Review Commission. For more on this topic, please read the article headlined "The education review through the eyes of the Valley's teachers" as well as a letter to the community from SVTA President Nicole Bobick, both of which appear in the May 14 edition of the Star and Times.

Recommendation 1: Poverty and Violence

That the government acknowledges that poverty and family violence are the primary factors affecting students’ academic success and educational test scores.  That the government acknowledges that standardized test scores are not accurate and do not account for student barriers and difficulties.

Recommendation 2: Poverty

That the government establish a universal snack and meal program in all schools.

Recommendation 3: Poverty

That the government review poverty in the province to find root causes and patterns of poverty within our province to plan for systemic change focusing on supports for families.

Recommendation 4: Class Size and composition

That the government reinstate caps on class sizes in order for teachers to be able to give students the individualized attention they need to improve.

Recommendation 5: Class Size and composition

That the government take into account students with exceptionalities (defined as such with having learning difficulties, behavioural problems, social and emotional distress, trauma induced responses, mental or physical disabilities, mental health difficulties as well as other special needs students such as gifted students and English as second language speakers) when determining class sizes.

Recommendation 6: Principals and Vice-Principals

That the leaders of the schools remain as Principal-teachers and Vice-Principal-teachers, as their educational background and experience provide quality educational programing for students.  As they are part of the teaching profession, they remain as members of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society.

Recommendation 7: Clinicians

As clinicians are educational leaders and are essential to the educational system, they remain as members of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society.

Recommendation 8: Access to professional supports and services

That the government increase access for students to receive supports from clinicians, therapists and qualified educational professionals.

Recommendation 9: Curriculum and assessment development

That the government include teachers who are currently teaching and look to them as leaders when developing new curriculum and assessments.

Recommendation 10: Curriculum and assessment development

That the government update curriculum to include daily mental health and holistic wellness outcomes.

Recommendation 11: Amalgamations of school divisions

That the government does not force teachers with permanent contracts to transfer to schools that are greater than 40 kilometres from their residence.

Recommendation 12: Amalgamations of school divisions

That the government does not close schools resulting in students travelling greater than 40 kilometres from their residence.

Recommendation 13: Training for school division employees

That the government ensures that school divisions provide planning for employee training on basic first aid, mental health awareness, trauma informed responses, crisis intervention, workplace health and safety, violence and harassment in the workplace, armed intruder response, code of conduct, equity and social justice issues, and any specific training necessary to meet employment expectations.

Recommendation 14: Elected school boards with local voice

That the government protects elected school boards as a form of democracy by maintaining the current structure of local trustees to make decisions for their own areas.

Recommendation 15: Review of children in are in Manitoba

That the government review the population of children in care in the province to find root causes and patterns.  That the government plan for systemic change focusing on supports and education for families.  That the government ensures all children in care receive timely medical care and emotional support.  That the government ensures that all children in care receive additional educational funding to ensure the individualized attention they need to improve.

 

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Jeremy Bergen
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