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If you want to get a lively discussion going here, but you're not sure how to get started, check out this great infographic, discovered by Sheila Stewart.

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- ask open questions

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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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Members are welcome to ask questions and engage in discussions in this community. Comments are the opinions of individual members, and may not reflect the views of People for Education.

Please follow the online netiquette rules when posting here, and remember that all discussions and comments are public.

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What do you think of the new TDSB Indigenous Arts course?

Started by Dahlia Benedikt in Indigenous Education. Last reply by Tim Yearington 4 hours ago. 2 Replies

A new TDSB Arts course, called Expressions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Cultures, is using art as an entry-point for exploring Indigenous perspectives, understandings, and experiences of oppression in Canadian schools. The course, introduced…Continue

Tags: Measuring What Matters, Educational Policy, Indigenous Education, Curriculum, Art

School closings

Started by Annie Kidder in School Closings. Last reply by Jacqui Strachan yesterday. 93 Replies

This post has been updated. Please scroll to the end to join the discussion.School closings are back in the news and new guidelines are coming that will shorten the process boards must undertake before making a final decision to close or consolidate…Continue

Tags: Education policy, Declining enrolment, Closing schools, Accommodation review committees-ARCs

How do we get our kids to love reading?

Started by Jacqui Strachan in Education - Philosophical Discussions. Last reply by Susan Swan 2 hours ago. 48 Replies

Well, we certainly seemed to have hit a sensitive spot when we released our report about students' enjoyment of reading today.  The Reading…Continue

Are you concerned about the physical condition of public school buildings in Ontario?

Started by Krista Wylie in Safe Schools. Last reply by Marina Papic on Monday. 6 Replies

Fix Our Schools ( is a grassroots, non-partisan, parent-led campaign working to ensure all children attending public schools in Ontario learn in safe, well-maintained school buildings…Continue

Meet the Moderators!

 DahliaBenedikt Dahlia Benedikt

Dahlia is a graduate student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education studying Curriculum, Teaching and Learning with a concentration in critical pedagogy. Dahlia’s focus as an educator is rooted in participatory practices that invite youth to critically examine their own identities through collaborative engagement with local and global issues. Dahlia has a particular interest in citizenship education, Indigenous perspectives and the impact of colonialism in Canada.

 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.

 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.

 Marina Papic

Marina is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and Family Literacy Facilitator. She develops programs and activities for children, as well as providing training and resources to parents and childcare providers on topics ranging from positive parenting to speech development and special needs programs. Marina's workshops provide practical approaches to parenting challenges that strengthen family relationships and help raise children who are responsible, respectful, and resourceful. And she can respond to your posts in English, Serbian, and Croatian!




Latest Activity

Dahlia Benedikt replied to Sheila Stewart's discussion 'Student Engagement: What does it look like?'
"Hi Sheila and all, I loved reading through this engaging discussion spanning over several years, as well as some great links to articles and resources! To respond to the most recent article that was posted, and to address the issue it highlights…"
1 hour ago
Marilyn Book posted a discussion

Cursive writing

Is it just my school board or is this something mandated that cursive writing is no longer taught? I am seeing more and more young 20s who have no idea how to sign their name to a legal document and are unable to read cursive.  Will cursive be the hieroglyphics of tomorrow? See More
1 hour ago
Dahlia Benedikt replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'Indigenous Education and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission'
"Hi Tim, Thank you for your response! Yes, forging connections with local Indigenous knowledge keepers is crucial to the process of engaging Canadians with native content. This should definitely involve not only inviting native leaders into our…"
1 hour ago
Dahlia Benedikt liked Tim Yearington's discussion Indigenous Traditional Knowlege and Ways of Knowing
1 hour ago
Susan Swan replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'How do we get our kids to love reading?'
"I wish it were as easy as parents setting an example.  My parents were readers, and the house was full of books.  But I had attention deficit disorder and found it difficult to sit and read.  I luckily overcame it, but now struggle…"
2 hours ago
Tim Yearington posted a discussion

Indigenous Traditional Knowlege and Ways of Knowing

We are now living in an exciting time! There is an increasing awareness in the value and "good medicine" inherent within Indigenous Knowledge and Ways of Knowing. Therefore, there is a growing interest in Indigenous education and how to authentically bring our multi-dimensional Indigenous "pedagogy" into a mono-dimensional academic setting. I understand how this is going to be a challenge for educators, principals and teachers. Especially for those who have a love for the written word, books,…See More
2 hours ago
Tim Yearington updated their profile
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Tim Yearington replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'Indigenous Education and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission'
"Dahlia, Wow, I couldn't agree more! Right on the mark! From my experience with educators, it is very, very easy for many to literally appropriate our traditional - and often sacred and spiritual - content and just "package" it up into…"
4 hours ago

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