Jordan Watters - school board candidate

Election 2014: School board candidate Jordan Watters

Greater Victoria School District 61: Watters, Jordan - school board trustee candidate

  • Nov. 11, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Bio

Jordan Watters is the Director of Research for a consulting firm specializing in labour market and economic development activities for First Nations, labour, industry and government. Jordan specializes in community and stakeholder engagement and has expertise in strategic planning. Jordan holds a Master of Arts in sociology with specialization in Education from Queen’s University. She has researched, lectured, and published in the fields of Education, sociology, business regulation, and law. Jordan is a proven public education advocate standing up against chronic underfunding of our schools, and supporting teachers, specialists and support workers in this district and across the province. She is the founder and administrator of Support for BC Students on Facebook, collecting, analyzing, and sharing key information on the state of public education with over 18,900 subscribers. Jordan is the mother of two pre-school aged sons who are the driving force behind her unwavering commitment to quality public education in SD61.

 

Message from Jordan:

I have chosen to run for election as School Trustee in School District 61 because I know we can do better to support our students. My sons will be entering school in this district over the next four-year term and I want for them what I want for ALL students in this district. I want them to have the supports in place to succeed to their highest potential.

I will advocate boldly for increased funding for public education so that we can provide students with quality school environments: adequately resourced classrooms; access to libraries with quality materials; safe and engaging playground equipment; exciting programming in music and the arts; safe and functioning shops and science labs; and equitable distribution of technology.

I am committed to the principles of equity and inclusion. I will work to identify and eliminate inequities in our district and work hard to increase opportunities and support for Aboriginal students, LGBTQ+ students, students in care, students living in poverty, ELL students, and students dealing with mental health or physical health challenges.

All students need one-on-one time with their teachers every day in order to stay connected and engaged, and students with special needs need curriculum adapted or modified in order for them to meet their potential and enjoy their classroom time. Class sizes and compositions matter, and I will advocate strongly for their inclusion in teacher’s collective agreement.

As a Trustee, I will make the inclusion of parent and student voices a top priority, and drawing upon my skills as a community engagement specialist I am confident we can improve the flow of information between our school communities and the Board.

With a $200 million annual budget, the lack of planning in our district is shocking. I am committed to a Strategic Planning process that will engage all stakeholder groups – parents, students, employee groups and the wider community – in order to develop a common vision for public education and ensure transparency and accountability in our work. My successful experience building strategic plans that work gives me the confidence to know that with rigorous planning we can achieve our goals.

I will work to establish a Trustee-led Budget committee so that your elected officials oversee the district budget in a direct way and have a firm grasp of the line-items so that we can be sure that all possible dollars are funneled into the classroom. The current lack of Trustee engagement in budget decisions fosters a lack of accountability and transparency.

Education is not just about outcomes, it is about the daily experiences of children and youth. Supporting students is at base about recognizing and respecting the lives of young people in our communities and working to ensure that the public education we deliver is worthy of them.

On November 15th, I hope that along with Loring-Kuhanga, McNally, Nohr, and Paynter I will be given the opportunity to serve the students of SD61 and work towards a stronger community for all.

 

Website: www.jordanwatters.com

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Food safety a good practice amid COVID-19 concerns

BC Centre for Disease Control offers useful food safe information for households

Sidney’s top emergency official says he is not aware of any COVID-19 cases in the community

The public Sunday also heard of future plans to help local businesses through tax deferments

Digitization of Peninsula News Review by Sidney Museum and Archives preserves historical legacy

Searchable database will ease research and preserve integrity of records

COVID-19: Victoria plumbing company dedicates van for grocery delivery

The Super Plumber uses van to pick up groceries for those in need during COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: A message from the publisher

We will be making some changes to our print editions during these unprecedented times

Evening world update: U.S. restrictions extended 30 days; NY deaths near 1,000

Comprehensive world update, with the latest developments in the COVID-19 crisis

‘It’s up to us: Recently-returned B.C. couple urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

Canada will make sure masks sent by China meet quality standards: Trudeau

Chinese Embassy tweeted that China was sending 30,000 medical masks along with gowns, gloves and goggles

B.C. issues guidelines about distancing, reusable bags to grocery stores amid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and markers to keep lines two metres are apart are needed, province says

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

Most Read