People for Education Online Community

P4E on Twitter

Online Community Tips

Are you wondering if anyone here is talking about a specific topic? The easiest way to find out is to click on the Discussions tab, then select Categories. Discussions are grouped by topic into these categories. If you are starting a new discussion, don't forget to choose an appropriate category, so people can find it easily.

You can also check the Latest Activity feed to see which discussions are active right now.

Blog Posts

Measures of Achievement

Posted by Sam on February 8, 2014 at 6:22pm 0 Comments

            It is natural to want to be successful. It is good for self-esteem. No one begins any challenge with the purpose of failure, though failure is always a possibility. It is so with any human endeavour including school. The difference with schooling is that students begin a course of education through legislation rather than choice. The subjects taken are not self determined; they are legislatively prescribed. This is to be expected as young…



  • Add Videos
  • View All


  • Add Photos
  • View All

Welcome to Our Online Community

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.

For more tips on how to participate, check out the online community FAQs.

New P4E Report: Digital Learning in Ontario's Schools

The newest student generation, sometimes called "New Millennial Learners" is growing up surrounded by digital media and technologies. People for Education's Report on Digital Learning examines the role technology in teaching and learning in today's classrooms.


Networked Teens

Started by Sheila Stewart in Online Communications. Last reply by Sheila Stewart Apr 4. 6 Replies

There have been a number of articles highlighting a new book by Danah Boyd, “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”.  Her research was done in the U.S. and included interviewing teenagers in person and observing their activity…Continue

Parent Involvement Committees in 2014

Started by Jacqui Strachan in PICs, Regional School Councils, & Parent Organizations. Last reply by Sheila Stewart yesterday. 16 Replies

Board-level Parent Involvement Committees (PICs) have been part of Ontario's school system since 2005, and mandatory since 2011. To date, there hasn't been any research on what they are doing and how they vary across the province.  People for…Continue

Successful schools: Are we measuring what matters?

Started by Kelly Gallagher-Mackay in Education Policy and Government BIlls. Last reply by Janet McCarrol Mar 3. 41 Replies

Over the past two decades, most of our education systems have focused on success in two important areas — literacy and numeracy. These academic goals are indisputably important. But the intense focus on these particular goals is overshadowing other…Continue

Tags: social, and, emotional, development, climate

IEPs for kids who aren't "exceptional?"

Started by Dawna DIngwall in Special Education. Last reply by Janet McCarrol Feb 11. 25 Replies

I'm wondering how many parents have children on IEPs who aren't considered "exceptional" under the strictest definition in the guidelines. My son is reading below Grade level in grade 3, has some attention and organization issues and is behind in…Continue

Tags: education, special, IEPs

What do we teach about our First Nations?

Started by Andrew Piekarski in Aboriginal / First Nations. Last reply by Janet McCarrol Dec 15, 2013. 31 Replies

I want to start a discussion, not about the state of education in Aboriginal schools, but about what we are all taught about the place of Aboriginals - our First Nations - in Ontario and Canada.  Since the introductory article in this category…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 presently a member of the Lakehead District School Board PIC's Communication Committee and 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 Director of Outreach and Parent Support at People for Education and school council chair at her high school. The mother of two boys, Jacqui loves to connect with parents. 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.  When she’s not doing that, she’s either tatting or trying to keep up with Sheila on Twitter.  Follow her on Twitter at @jacquistrachan.

Help Support People for Education!

Your donation will ensure that People for Education continues to be an independent voice for public education, by helping to fund our research, parent support, website, and this online community!



Latest Activity

Profile IconHolly Messana and yogi joined People for Education Online Community
1 hour ago
Harry Sutton replied to Harry Sutton's discussion 'St Anthony Daniel School Closure Scotland Ontario'
"P S....Thx for the newspaper article Nancy"
Sheila Stewart replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'Parent Involvement Committees in 2014'
"I thought PDSB did a good outreach here with their posting for new parent members.  They have outlined the mandated purpose of PICs, listed names of staff resource persons, and described their selection process.  I noticed their term…"
Harry Sutton replied to Harry Sutton's discussion 'St Anthony Daniel School Closure Scotland Ontario'
"the month of June quickly approaches and with it the closure of St Anthony Daniel School in Scotland Ontario the parents and the community have attempted to meet with the Ontario Ministry Of Education over our concerns they are now not even…"
Kim Moran replied to Kim Moran's discussion 'TDSB & Mental Health Strategy'
"Great document, thanks for sharing.  Here is a link to the provincial program that is rolling out across school boards right now."
Jacqui Strachan replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'Parent Involvement Committees in 2014'
"I think that two PIC members from each board are invited to attend. "
Kiruthiha Kulendiren replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'Parent Involvement Committees in 2014'
"@Nancy.. what a wonderful idea! really walking the talk ;) Parent inclusion not just those privileged to run for elections. Jacqui - the upcoming PIC conference organised by the MinEd, is it only open to sitting PIC members or to council members…"
Jacqui Strachan replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'Parent Involvement Committees in 2014'
"Hi Nancy, I know they attend the meetings - I'll see what I can find out. "
Nancy replied to Harry Sutton's discussion 'St Anthony Daniel School Closure Scotland Ontario'
"Here is a story in today's local paper.  I can understand the feeling of "family".  My child goes to a small school, and it really is like family.…"
Nancy replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'Parent Involvement Committees in 2014'
"Is it the Ottawa Catholic board where a PIC member actually sits at the board table?  Not as a voting member, but to give input?   I thought that was an exceptional idea.  We student trustees who sit but not vote, why not a PIC member?"
Harry Sutton replied to Harry Sutton's discussion 'St Anthony Daniel School Closure Scotland Ontario'
"another week and the Ontario ministry of education keeps stalling their meeting with us once again putting the children last"
Profile IconDeborah W and Toronto School Watch joined People for Education Online Community

© 2014   Created by People for Education.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service