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Measuring What Matters: Research Papers Posted!

Have you visited the Measuring What Matters site recently?  We have posted research papers on measuring health, social-emotional skills, creativity, and citizenship, as well as an overview of what we heard over the past year in consultations, surveys, and focus groups. Check out all of the research, then add your thoughts right on the website!


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Labour issues in Ontario's publicly funded education system

Started by Annie Kidder in Education Policy and Government BIlls May 13. 0 Replies

Contracts for all teaching and support staff expired in August 2014.Since then, the province, school boards and teachers' federations have been in negotiations. They are working under a new…Continue

Schools on Aboriginal realities: it's all about teachers' attitudes

Started by Andrew Piekarski in Curriculum / Report Cards Apr 18. 0 Replies

As some of us ponder on how to improve the Ontario history curriculum to better reflect Canada's aboriginal inheritance, it's worth taking a look at the experience of other provinces.  Changing the curriculum is one thing.  Getting teachers to teach…Continue

Applied and academic - are we streaming kids in high school?

Started by Annie Kidder in Education Policy and Government BIlls. Last reply by lynne murtha Apr 17. 40 Replies

PLEASE NOTE: This discussion has been updated. Data and links are from our latest report, released on April 13, 2015.Over the last decade, Ontario has had great success increasing high school graduation rates and sending more graduates on to…Continue

Involving parents - live streaming council meetings

Started by Marco in Parent Engagement/Involvement/Communication. Last reply by Rose Da Silva Apr 8. 4 Replies

Hi all, our school council is looking into ways of involving more parents in our meetings who can't necessarily attend council meetings. I'm wondering if others have experience creating ways to increase participation in council meetings, votes,…Continue


Started by Annie Kidder in Fundraising. Last reply by Janet McCarrol Apr 14. 15 Replies

 Have our publicly funded schools come to rely on fundraising to augment their budgets? And is that reliance creating have and have not schools?What do you think? Should there by greater limits on fundraising?What are the pros and cons of…Continue

Meet the Moderators!

 Anelia Coppes

Anelia is the co-chair of the Near North District School Board Parent Involvement Committee, school council chair at Parry Sound High School and a school council member at the elementary school.  The mother of four children, Anelia has been actively involved at her Board, attending board and committee meetings, giving parent input on current Education issues. Anelia is a member of the People for Education Network, and you’ll often find her giving a warm welcome to new community members.  Follow her on Twitter at @aneliacoppes.

 Annie Kidder

Annie is the Executive Director of People for Education. The mother of two daughters, Annie has worked for the last 16 years to keep public education in the public eye. She attended 12 schools between kindergarten and grade 12, which may have been how she acquired her passion for public education. Annie is the recipient of numerous awards for her advocacy work. She has spoken at conferences across the country and is regularly quoted in the media as an expert on education issues. Follow her on Twitter at @anniekidder.

 Sheila Stewart

Our northernmost moderator, Sheila is a member of the People for Education Network.  She is a mother of two daughters and works on call as an ESL teacher supporting adult newcomers.  Sheila is committed to connecting and collaborating with all education stakeholders in support of student learning. Sheila enjoys connecting other parents and educators in conversations, and can regularly be found tweeting education gems from different corners of the world. Follow her on Twitter at @sheilaspeaking.

Jacqui Strachan

Jacqui is the Engagement Director at People for Education. She loves to connect with parents, community groups, and anyone who shares her passion for public education. At P4E, she helps to develop parent tip sheets, coordinates the People for Education Network, provides parent support, and runs workshops to help engage parents in their children’s education. Follow her on Twitter at @jacquistrachan.




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maureen harrison replied to Danielle Turpin's discussion 'Class Trip Supervision'
"Yes give her a chance - maybe until Tuesday or Wednesday or so but certainly in lots of time before the actual ten day trip happens! I was an elementary teacher and had three kids go through the school system and went on two high school trips to…"
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Danielle Turpin replied to Danielle Turpin's discussion 'Class Trip Supervision'
"This is a " prep trip" for a larger ten day trip that will happen in June. This trip is suppose to teach the students about camping, canoeing, portaging, safety issues ( ironic I know ). They return today. I called the principal today and…"
maureen harrison replied to Danielle Turpin's discussion 'Class Trip Supervision'
"Definitely some misguided teachers here who think they are on a bit of a holiday?? They are also underestimating the potential for problems. This trip is happening as you write? I would definitely continue to be on this one - show your principal the…"
Danielle Turpin replied to Danielle Turpin's discussion 'Class Trip Supervision'
"well here is more...jeepers... my son texted me a while ago and said that both of his teachers were gone. One had been gone for over two hours looking for canoe that was left behind somewhere, and the other was out on the canoe with his kid. ( the…"
maureen harrison replied to Danielle Turpin's discussion 'Class Trip Supervision'
"Your principal is telling you "according to the paperwork". If I were the principal I would certainly be looking into your report. Just because the paper says so, does not mean the people were in the right place. Hopefully if the principal…"
Danielle Turpin replied to Danielle Turpin's discussion 'Class Trip Supervision'
"When writing my first post, I had not heard back from the principal. So, I was going from what my son initially told me. Which is still what he is saying. When the principal got back to me, she told me that on her paperwork regarding the trip it…"

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