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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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History curriculum still needs to be revised

Started by Andrew Piekarski in Curriculum / Report Cards. Last reply by Janet McCarrol Dec 9. 1 Reply

On September 20, 2013, I provided a review on what our schools teach our kids about the First Nations. My conclusion was that the the curriculum avoids any discussion of what was most important in the Europeans' early contacts with Canada's…Continue

School Council Constitutions and By-laws

Started by Lisa Robertson in School Councils. Last reply by cindy park Mar 4, 2013. 6 Replies

As part of our Boards regular updating of policy and procedures our PIC decided to find out whether a few, some or all of our elementary and secondary schools have developed a constitution and bylaws for their schools, beyond what is written as…Continue

Coding & Computer Programming: What most schools don't teach!

Started by Lori in Innovations in Education. Last reply by Janet McCarrol on Thursday. 8 Replies

Follow this link: What most schools don't teach - Message from Code.orgGreat campaign to spread the word about the need to teach our young kids the…Continue

Tags: Education, Programming, Computer

Getting rid of EQAO

Started by Frank Loreto in Testing, marks and homework!. Last reply by Frank Loreto Dec 8. 454 Replies

Any feelings about doing away with EQAO? This has become a monster tail wagging the dog of education. If the Ministry is looking to save money (given these lean days) then eliminating EQAO would be a good place to start

Tags: School Information Finder, EQAO, Assessment

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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Latest Activity

Janet McCarrol replied to Lori's discussion 'Coding & Computer Programming: What most schools don't teach!'
"Agreed. For some students, technology is beneficial. I taught developmentally handicapped and autistic students and found technology helped them tremendously, in many areas, including with communication.  For students with learning…"
Thursday
A discussion started by Lisa Robertson was featured

School Council Constitutions and By-laws

As part of our Boards regular updating of policy and procedures our PIC decided to find out whether a few, some or all of our elementary and secondary schools have developed a constitution and bylaws for their schools, beyond what is written as Board policies.  I was wondering if anyone has a constitution for their school and if they would be willing to share it?  Also does you school post their constitution for the entire school community? How often do you update it?  Who approves it?  In the…See More
Wednesday
Jacqui Strachan replied to Lori's discussion 'Coding & Computer Programming: What most schools don't teach!'
"Here is an article arguing that for some students, technology is a benefit - not exactly on-topic re. coding, but an interesting addition to the discussion, perhaps."
Tuesday
Janet McCarrol replied to Lori's discussion 'Coding & Computer Programming: What most schools don't teach!'
"Well, I beg to differ with the teachers that claim it does a lot of good; particularly at the elementary level. There is a level of intellectual, social and emotional maturity that is necessary for use with a lot of this technology that is being…"
Dec 12
Trixie Doyle replied to Lori's discussion 'Coding & Computer Programming: What most schools don't teach!'
"Great post Janet!  I agree. It drives me crazy that we spend so much money on tech that dosn't show any improvement in the basics.  The push to integrate so much technology before any research, prof development, consultation, or…"
Dec 12
Janet McCarrol replied to Lori's discussion 'Coding & Computer Programming: What most schools don't teach!'
"Until students are proficient readers, proficient writers and can problem solve ¨their way out of paper bags¨ WITHOUT needing a calculator or google to do it - then they SHOULD NOT be learning coding and they SHOULD NOT be wasting anytime in…"
Dec 11
Jacqui Strachan replied to Lori's discussion 'Coding & Computer Programming: What most schools don't teach!'
"Here is a post taking the position that coding should not be a priority in school, just to mix things up a bit! :-) "
Dec 10
A discussion started by Lori was featured

Coding & Computer Programming: What most schools don't teach!

Follow this link: What most schools don't teach - Message from Code.orgGreat campaign to spread the word about the need to teach our young kids the importance of computer programming in our lives.  The website www.code.org has great tools for teachers and students interested in learning about it. I encourage non-technical people to investigate the tools…See More
Dec 10

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