Message from Myles (COSL chair) – Oct 2018

COSL Chairperson Report Oct 2018

The school year is now in full swing. A drier, less snowy start would have been nice, but when you live in Manitoba, you need to be ready for snow in any month.

We had our first Directors’ meeting on September 28 and 29. A lot of good networking went on and some excellent discussions in our Mandate area groups of Educational Leadership, Professional Supports, Communication and Governance outlining plans for each area to work on throughout the year. We had several presenters come to join us. Andrew Peters, staff officer form MTS, spoke to the group about Relevant Legislation and Regulatory Requirements. The presentation can be seen at

https://prezi.com/s7fzgfvqhpou/relevant-legislation-and-regulatory-requirments/

Darren Hardy presented on Dealing with Violent Incidents and Violence Prevention. Karen Wurr form the DEP/EAP shared with us the process used by their department to help keep employees working when dealing with medical issues (physical and/or mental) or to help get employees back to work who need time off as part of their treatment. Laurie Bachewich from Onalole and Stephen Jaddock from Dauphin, shared with us their involvement with Teacher Lead Learning Teams (TLLT) and how to go about access their programs through MTS, excellent PD put on my our own members for a very nominal fee. Jodie Layne, from Canada Learning Code shared with Directors how they could access their mobile coding van free of charge for their school—students or staff.

Since the beginning of the year, I have been involved with planning the Fall Conference, the MTS/MASS 2020 conference and the CAP 2020 conference being held in Winnipeg. I also attended an excellent MET workshop on Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Students in Manitoba Schools. This was a condensed version of their 2-day Summer Workshop. They are planning some more sessions, keep an eye out for and sign up.

Now that everything is in the swing of things at your schools, it will almost be ready to start thinking about next year. It just never ends.

If you would like to have me come out to your region and/or your school, I am more than happy to get out of my office to drop by your buildings to see all the great work that you are leading.

I hope to see many of your familiar faces out at our Fall PD session, October 19 at Tec Voc High School in Winnipeg.

 

Myles Blahut

COSL Chairperson