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Update: Status of Delta Sale

Delta Secondary School (Collegiate) Disposition of Sale Update1284 Main St E, Hamilton, ON Date of Update: December 5th 2019 Please see the below links for documents related to the public meeting I attended last evening regarding the process to sell Delta and status of it’s sale. PSA – www.socialeducation.ca/ PSA – Public meeting regarding sale […]

Politics vs. Unions

OPINION: Politics vs. Unions (A pdf version of this opinion piece can also be found here) By Larry Pattison, former HWDSB Trustee and Protector at INSE RE: Recent Labour Negotiations Between the Province and OSSTF December 16, 2019 – Although I have never personally been represented by a union, I have seen more than a […]

Square Apple Institute – The Curriculum

“I’ve chaired expulsion and SAL (Supervised Alternative Learning) hearings, and have seen long rap sheets of suspensions, expulsions, missed school days, and poor grades over a lengthy period of time before their case was brought before a Trustee. What if we had a system in place that focused more on physical and mental well-being, and less on grades or discipline or inclusion at all costs? Let’s keep kids in school at their best, AND during their hardest of struggles, and give them the tools to engage in alternatives on their own accord rather than waiting for the hierarchical processes of failed inclusion to throw them an olive branch. That’s when we show them that we truly care and that they matter so much more than rankings on some institutional list, or proving the success of our political ideologies. That’s when we say to them it isn’t about the delivery, but that they want to engage in learning.” Larry Pattison, former HWDSB Trustee and Protector at INSE.

SQI – Funding

Part 1 – Square Apple Institute IntroductionPart 2 – The CurriculumPart 3 – The Funding Model Listed below, are some possible funding sources to support INSE’s Square Apple Institute of Alternative Education Concept: 1.   Government Per Pupil Funding Current per-pupil funding under Ford Government $12,246 Avg Kindergarten class sizes: 29 cap, avg 26 Primary […]

Your Child Matters

From the early imaginings of INSE, I seen a different approach to building a stronger sense of community, belonging, and understanding within what I imagined being a very diverse organization – both in ethnicity, and in viewpoints.

Square Apple Institute

Teach. Grow. Fly. Alternative Education for those lost within existing educational structures Concept drawings for the former Scott Park Secondary School. Preface Some of these thoughts below were born out of my early engagements with the Parkview Secondary School family back in 2013. Otherwise, visions for educational and architectural rebirth have mostly lived in the […]

Let’s Buy A School

While still a Trustee, I started a project to help me create a business plan for a school I started to envision as I learned more and more about the former Parkview Secondary School that lived on Balsam Ave., and as I gradually came to terms with the fact that there would never be a […]

Letters to Irshad – Letter 5

What do we know about the cities we live in and how their histories – good and bad, paint a critical picture from where we’ve come, the influence that has on us, and the clues those stories provide in guiding our path forward?

Letters to Irshad – Letter 4

We have to be okay with where we are now in our opinions and what we know about the world because this is where life has taken us so far.

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