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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Photos from the Bright Run 2014 – Breast Cancer Research In Greater Hamilton Today

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

I recently took some time out from campaigning to volunteer at the 2014 BRIGHT Run.

Cancer touches so many in our society and as a medical radiation therapist I spent years being inspired by the courage of those facing this horrible disease.

In particular, I support the BRIGHT Run because it raises money for cancer research right here in Hamilton.

I ran the photo booth with one of my former students Alisha Jewell, so I thought it would be fun to post some of the photos from the BRIGHT Run here (see below).

Please leave a message if you see yourself and would like me to email you a copy of your photo (if you don’t already have it).

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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The Role Of Teachers In Public Education

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

Before I started teaching in the classroom (I am a Professor of Medical Radiation Sciences at the college level), I never really understood the level of commitment and talent required to be an effective teacher.

And I certainly didn’t appreciate the workload teachers face every day!

From preparing lessons, to grading, to dealing with student issues – not to mention the amount of time it takes to familiarize one’s self with new curriculum – which seems to be constantly evolving.

That is to say, I have a strong respect for our Public School teachers.

Please read my article below that outlines a few of the challenges I see facing teachers in the classroom over the next few years and how I believe they can be addressed.

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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Dawn Danko Answer’s Questions About Technology In The Classroom

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

In 2014 the Public School Board officially endorsed the promotion of 21st century learning skills.

However, all too often this simply means allowing students access to mobile phones during class time and replacing textbooks with iPads.

In the interview below, I share my own ideas about the role of technology in the classroom and the direction I would take the Board if elected trustee on October 27th, 2014.

Please leave me a message in the comments, I would really appreciate your input!

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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Dawn Danko Supports Green Energy With Bullfrog Power

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

Environmental issues seem to be everywhere these days, and an educated, scientific approach to dealing with these issues starts in the classroom.

It is with this in mind that I am thrilled to announce that the electricity supplied to my campaign office is now carbon neutral – thanks to our partnership with Bullfrog Power!

Please read my thoughts below on opportunities that I see for real world environmental education.

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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HWDSB Mistakes Assets for Liabilities – Dawn Danko

Dear Friends In Ward 7:

As a small business owner, I always seem to be thinking about real world business solutions to issues facing public education in Hamilton.

This article explores these ideas further.

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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HWDSB Underestimates Kindergarten Enrollment – Dawn Danko

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

The HWDSB Interim Budget Financial Report confirms that 161.5 more JK-3 students enrolled in 2013/14 than projected – and here is the reason: “primarily due to growth in full day kindergarten.”

Read my further analysis of the report below.

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

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Dawn Danko Responds to the Hamilton and District Labour Council Candidate Survey

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

The Hamilton and District Labour Council recently conducted a survey of candidates running for Trustee in the upcoming Municipal Election on October 27th, 2014.

My answers to the questions posed are published below.

Please leave me a comment is you would like further clarification on any of the points raised.

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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Dawn Danko Discusses School Closures and Her Approach To Problem Solving

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

School closures have been a difficult and controversial topic on the Central Mountain over the last few years.

Our neighbourhoods have been decimated by the surprise loss of Hill Park Secondary school.

We are also facing further upheaval as a result of the recent elementary school closure decisions.

At the close of the Central Mountain elementary school review, I presented a delegation to the current HWDSB Trustees that outlined what I think is a new and modern approach to problem solving that has been absent at the Board level for some time.

Please watch the video below for more information and please leave a comment to share your thoughts.

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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