Equity for students during the pandemic

District Principal of Indigenous Education Anne Tenning has put together an informative video on her thoughts and observations on how the pandemic is affecting students, and about equity for students during the pandemic.

Although originally developed for staff, there is a lot of information and resources which would be helpful for parents and the community so she is sharing it.

Check out the video here: https://vimeo.com/417670020


Virtual parent meeting to talk about math!

What is all this math that teachers are sending home? Where are all the worksheets? What is my child supposed to be doing? How do I know if they are on track? What happens if they don’t learn everything this year?

SD83 invites all parents to join us in a virtual meeting on May 12 at 6 p.m. to talk about the kinds of math that SD83 is hoping students can be working on during this home learning time and how that matches with the math we have included on our home learning opportunities pages.

changed math meeting

To join the virtual meeting just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12th please click here: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_OTZlNzJkYTEtODA0Yy00MTY2LTljMjgtNjY2ZjQxYjAxYzVl%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2287a1ffa4-963f-450e-8d90-155de78d9be5%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22ae0930ac-c822-4a6b-91ca-ae7bf9cb0ffc%22%7d

We will talk about things to watch for as your child works on the math, and how you can support their learning. The focus will not be on how to actually do the math, although in the Q &A we can certainly help with that, but on questions you can ask your child to help them deepen their understanding of the concepts they are working on.

We will discuss the different types of math activities that you might be seeing sent home, including why these activities were selected and how your child can use them. We will also spend some time talking about ways to help them learn basic facts.

There will also be question and answer opportunities through the virtual meeting. Bring your questions and join us for a rich mathematical discussion. If you would like to email your questions ahead of time, please send them to vedgell@sd83.bc.ca with Parent Math Night question as a subject.

Introducing new District Principal of Indigenous Education

Anne TenningHi everyone! My name is Anne Tenning and I am a member of the Stz’uminus First Nation on Vancouver Island.

I’m really excited about joining the team in SD83! The North Okanagan has been my home-away-from home for a long time. My twin sister has lived in Vernon for over 20 years. I absolutely love being an educator – as it was a teacher I had in grade 7, Mrs. Clark, who completely changed my life and inspired me to become a teacher myself. Mrs. Clark and I are still dear friends.

In 1993, I became the first member of my family to graduate from high school. I then completed a BA and a BEd at the University of BC, followed by an MA at the University of Victoria in 2010. I have been an educator for 18 years, working as a secondary teacher (science and English), an academic counsellor for Aboriginal students, and as a District Principal of Aboriginal Education – first in SD 67 Okanagan Skaha and then in SD 68 Nanaimo Ladysmith. I am passionate about increasing Indigenous perspectives and understandings in education, particularly the lasting legacy of residential schools. My mother, Elizabeth Tenning, is a survivor of the Kuper Island Indian Residential School.