Debbie L. Kasman is a former principal, acting interim superintendent, and student achievement officer at the Ministry of Education in Ontario with a career spanning over 28 years in Ontario.
Debbie recently trained with Ken Wilber – a scholar of the Integral stage of human development. Wilber also taught and influenced Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Bill Clinton, and John Mackey.
Debbie has lots to say about the need to transform education. She also writes about female leadership, equity and spirituality.
The New-York Times Bestselling author, Daniel H. Pink, placed Debbie’s blog on his Reader Recommended List in December 2016.
Here are Debbie’s thoughts on education:
Ontario is regarded as an educational “superpower” by the rest of the world, but there’s a dark side we never talk about. We are struggling with systemic discrimination and a culture of fear, silence and retribution in our education system. Two different reviews of two very high profile school boards – the Toronto DSB and the York Region DSB – pointed to a dysfunction and deficit of leadership capacity on the administrative and elected sides of the organizations.
Margaret Wilson's 2015 review of the Toronto DSB called for a roll-back of trustee power. Suzanne Herbert’s and Patrick Case’s 2017 review called for meaningful professional development in relation to trustee responsibilities and governance training. They found that far too many trustees "failed to demonstrate a basic understanding of their role and responsibilities as elected leaders."
Debbie’s next book is about the equity problem, governance issues, and other related challenges. In addition to pointing out what’s wrong with the education system, she offers solutions to help move our education system forward. After reading this book, you’ll be moved and inspired to help improve our education system, and to work toward making a difference in the world, too.
For a sneak peak at the governance issues, read Counterpoint: Ontario experience provides ample rationale for axing school boards in Nova Scotia, which was published in the The Chronicle Herald, February 2018, and Education crisis in Ontario: Trustees stay on boards even after issues arise, which was published in The Peterborough Examiner, November 7, 2018.
For a sneak peak at the equity issues, read An Open Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter.
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