King of all the Principals’ a force for positive change

Sitting across from jeewan chanicka, hired last summer as education director for the Waterloo Region District School Board, I was expecting the usual polished bureaucrat, suit and tie, spewing fancy educational jargon from behind a large wooden desk. But that’s not chanicka, an enlightened disrupter for the Black Lives Matter era, whose placid demeanour betrays no sign of the turmoil…

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New Black parent council aims to highlight systemic racism at Waterloo region schools

A group of parents and caregivers of African, Caribbean and Black identifying students in Waterloo region has launched a new council aimed at addressing systemic racism in local schools. Black Parent Council K-W formed after it was publicly revealed last week that the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) called the police on a four-year-old student last fall over disputed…

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LGBTQ2S+ members, allies press need for representation in books at WRDSB meeting

Decision to stop teacher delegation in compliance with board rules, director of education says For Cait Glasson, having books that represent the LGBTQ2S+ community on library shelves in Waterloo region’s public schools “will save lives.” Glasson, a transgender woman, was among several community members who spoke at a Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) trustee meeting Monday evening in support…

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WEFI Supports Student Nutrition Organizations with $21,000 Donation

The Waterloo Education Foundation Inc. (WEFI) renewed their commitment to funding local organizations that support student nutrition programs. On Wednesday, December 15, the WEFI Board of Directors passed a motion to provide $21,000 to Food4Kids Waterloo Region, the May Court Club of Kitchener-Waterloo and Nutrition for Learning in January and February 2022. “The ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact…

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$45.8M in funding to build three local elementary schools

As Waterloo Region continues to grow, so does the need for schooling and childcare. Wednesday’s announcement from Ontario Education Minister, Stephen Lecce, alongside Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris, and directors of local school boards, saw $45.8 million in provincial funding, earmarked for four different projects. “We know this type of opportunity will benefit Kitchener, Waterloo, Woolwich Township, and parents right across…

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