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Dawn Danko In The News – Danko Wants To Fix Severely Flawed School Arcs

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

In a recent interview with Hamilton Community News writer Richard Leitner, I had the opportunity to discuss why I am running for Ward 7 – Hamilton Central Mountain Public School Trustee.

In addition to my position that the current school closure review process needs a complete overhaul from the ground up, I think that it is also important to point out that being a public school trustee is also about making sure that our valuable tax dollars are spent wisely in the classroom.

From the article:

Danko said her background – she has a Master’s degree in education, teaches radiation therapy at Mohawk College and runs a commercial photography business with her husband – will make her a strong voice for Ward 7.

She said it will also be useful on 21st Century learning, including the introduction of iPads in grades 4 to 12 over the next five years, a plan she feels requires great care.

The board needs to ensure, for instance, that teachers have the necessary training for blended learning and that the iPads don’t just become a way for students to access social media like Facebook, she said.

“The other risk is that you just end up offloading some of the in-classroom work for students to do independently,” she said. “That works for some students, but for a lot of students, they really need that mentoring in the classroom.”

For the entire Hamilton Community News piece, please click here.

For more of my thoughts on the role of technology in the classroom, please click here.

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

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Preparing Students for a Successful Future

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

These kids today…

This is often the first thing that you will hear from business owners and employers when asked about how the public education system can better prepare students for the future.

Businesses want to hire well educated, motivated, hard working critical thinkers – but business owners tell me that finding new graduates with those qualities can be very difficult.

Instead, I hear all kinds of complaints that we are graduating students with an over inflated sense of entitlement and an unwillingness to start at an entry level position and work up the ladder.

As we move towards an increasingly globalized economy, we are not doing our students any favours by perpetuating the illusion that you can be successful without hard work.

In the following article, I will share some of my ideas for how we could better prepare our students for a successful future.

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

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