Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Anu Sriskandarajah, and I am running to be your Trustee for the Toronto District School Board for Scarborough Rouge-Park. I am a proud resident of Scarborough and a TDSB graduate!
Why me you ask?
I am a Professor in the Child and Youth Studies Program at York University. Everyday I get the pleasure of working with future teachers who are in the midst of their teacher training. My doctoral research focused primarily on belonging and citizenship practices of youth in Scarborough. More recently, I co-authored a STEM Teaching and Learning Report for the Toronto District School Board.
Both my lived experiences as a Scarborough resident, combined with my professional experiences propels me to put my name forward to represent Scarborough Rouge-Park.
What I aspire to do?
We know the job market is rapidly changing. One of the roles of a school board is to equip our students for this change. Following my research in this area I aim to integrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineer, Art, Math) more readily into the classroom, in an equitable and sustainable matter. Our realities are changing and we need curriculum and investments in resources to match. A large part of this also means purposeful teacher professional development.
The role of schools is also to cultivate better citizens. Better citizens make better neighbours! We know students are under different pressures compared to previous generations. Schools need to be better equipped to deal with these changes. I am a great advocate for holistic understandings of wellbeing and ensuring students are physically, mentally, socially, spiritually content.
Schools for too long remain disconnected from local communities, schools, curriculum need to better reflect the needs of local communities. Schools need to be transformed into community hubs, playing a stronger role in the vibrancy of our communities.
I look forward to being your representative at the Toronto District School Board. On October 22nd, vote Anu. A vote for me is a vote for an informed choice!