Class Size

Class Size

A concern I hear about on the doorsteps is the issue of large class sizes. I recently spoke to the mom of a six-year-old boy with specific and severe special needs who is in a crowded classroom with 29 students and one teacher’s aide! Though his mom loves his teacher...
Standardized Testing

Standardized Testing

One of the frequent questions I get asked is about standardized testing in schools. Standardized tests Alberta studnets take include the Canadian Achievement Test (CAT), Provincial Achievement Test (PAT), or Diploma examinations. Standardized tests are supposed to be...
Bring your voice to EPSB board meetings

Bring your voice to EPSB board meetings

I’ve been a longtime champion of getting regular, everyday people to raise their voices to decision makers. It is rewarding to see people expand their participation in civic life and shape decisions that are made for our communities. The impact is noticeable, too.  ...
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Julie has knocked on thousands of doors. People ask her all great questions. Here are some of her answers. Q: Do you live in Ward F? A: YES! I live in the Queen Alexandra neighbourhood, and have since 2007.   Q: What’s your education background? A: I hold a...
School Resource Officer (SRO) Program at EPSB

School Resource Officer (SRO) Program at EPSB

NOTE: This post was updated to take out reference to the Youth Enhanced Deployment (YED) model. This approach is no longer in use. Many of you have emailed asking for my stance on uniformed police in schools. This is also known as the School Resource Officer (SRO)...
World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day.  If you or someone you know has suicide-related behaviours or thoughts please reach out for help. You can call the CMHA Distress Line at 780-482-4357 at any time of day.  The Canadian Association for...
COVID & Schools

COVID & Schools

NOTE: This blog post was originally posted August 11, 2021. It has been updated to reflect the current COVID situation as of September 24, 2021. I’m hearing over and over on the doorsteps people are rightly worried about COVID transmissions in schools. They’re worried...