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Seriously. Open your own website on your smart phone. Right now.
Okay guys. Seriously. Take out your smart phone and look at your website. Do it right now.
Does it load nicely on your phone? Or are all the images cut off and the
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Okay guys. Seriously. Take out your smart phone and look at your website. Do it right now. Does it load nicely on your phone? Or are all the images cut off and the text wonky? Can you navigate the site easily with your phone?...
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Are you ready for your close up? Hang on, we're all going video.
The video generation is here and it's all grown up. In its thirties already, it's buying houses and buying cars. It likes to go out for ramen and it likes to go out for latte. But most of all, online research is showing that it likes video. It likes video m...
The video generation is here and it's all grown up. In its thirties already, it's buying houses and buying cars. It likes to go out for ramen and it likes to go out for latte. But most of all, online research is showing that ...
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Keep on your toes, my friends. Good luck out there.
#socialmedia #Toronto.
Google may -- or may not -- have updated last night. And, now, us social media types are hopping about like bunnies on a hotplate trying to figure out what that means to you, our clients and, also, to us. What? But wait. (I c...
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5 Steps to a Killer Social Media Strategy
We all know that if we want to be effective, we need to know exactly what we want to do and how we plan to do it. Sound simple? Yes, it is. But most folks don't take stock and plan. Now, I am not saying that these folks aren't effective, I am saying that th...
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Don Stuart, candidate for TDSB Public School Trustee is Ward 18 Scarborough Southwest responds to Parthi's Townhall.

Parthi’s Last Minute “Town Hall”
 
After listening to the Town Hall I was left with the following thoughts:
 
Conclusion: perspective and wisdom come with experience. I found all three were lacking in this broadcast.
 
Reasons:
We heard a moderated structure with predetermined poll questions to highlight Parthi’s platform more than the filtered questions that were allowed to air. We are all dissatisfied with trustee performance. No one should be pleased with low EQAO scores. We all want excellent teachers and only the best of everything for our children.

This was a platform that reflects the significant views of a new classroom teacher. It does not show knowledge or understanding of the job description of the trustee, the organizations structure of the board or who the system leaders are working in that structure.
An awesome interview for an entry level teaching job with the TDSB showing passion, commitment and deeply meaningful classroom experience. As a principal, I would hire him as a teacher if I could get through the complicated hiring process of the TDSB. But he never mentions that getting those excellent teachers is not a trustee’s job. The hiring system is negotiated by the board with teacher unions within a framework set by the ministry and board policy.

To suggest that he can improve math and reading scores and daily physical education shows thathe does not understand that these issues are framed by the ministry; that the trustee’s job is to oversee that the ministry requirements are met across the system; that the trustees job is not to directly and individually interfere with the running of the schools on any matter.

Parthi showed he has no knowledge of the current TDSB teacher performance appraisal (TPA) that has been a difficult negotiated process in place for the last 9 years or so. It is rigourous, time consuming and as objective as it can be at the moment. It is an existing work in progress.

Parthi did not acknowledge that the report card process and its language comes from the ministry. Yes the language is a problem. The process is a problem. But a classroom teacher is not going to change it. Furthermore, that principals should read over all report cards to ensure quality communication speaks to his lack of understanding of the logistics this job would take and who should do it. In elementary schools, maybe lead teacher or administrators, in secondary schools maybe department heads or VP’s who may have to look over 1,000 report cards four time a year. Principals in private schools usually do this because the numbers are small and the reports confirm the parent’s choice of such schools.

Parthi does agree that the Kindergarten classes are large but only gives part of the reason. The board may well be trying to save money. But the ministry did not put a cap on the class size on Kindergarten as they have in other primary grades, thus forcing the board into the present position. The ministry has also said it is reviewing their policy in this area based on public complaints.

Parthi’s teaching experience in TDSB  has been at only 2 elementary schools for practice teaching for his Master’s of Teaching degree. Again, unmentioned, the ministry has now moved to 2 and sometimes 4 year teaching programs in Ontario. His experience overall is limited to 4 years in a private school with very different conditions.
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One Awesome Way to Lock-in Client Engagement
We love our clients. We really do. And, despite fierce competition, we want them to come back again and again and again. Are you selling coffee along with three other shops pretty much on the same block? Are you competing with four local dance clubs? Are yo...
We love our clients. We really do. And, despite fierce competition, we want them to come back again and again and again. Are you selling coffee along with three other shops pretty much on the same block? Are you competing wit...
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God Turns On His Side - Another Google Update
Google may -- or may not -- have updated last night. And, now, us social media types are hopping about like bunnies on a hotplate trying to figure out what that means to you, our clients and, also, to us. What? But wait. (I can hear you saying.) Aren't you ...
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The One Big Mistake That's Killing Your Content
In my other life, I am a theatre artist: a freelance director. I direct between three and seven shows a year. Every show that gets out there is subject to criticism and, let me tell you, everybody's got an opinion. I've had people completely trash what was,...
In my other life, I am a theatre artist: a freelance director. I direct between three and seven shows a year. Every show that gets out there is subject to criticism and, let me tell you, everybody's got an opinion. I've had p...
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