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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…

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Back to School!

Schools across Ontario are getting ready to welcome back their students, and municipal elections will take place on October 27, so we thought it may be a good time to feature these discussions:

Is your school welcoming to parent volunteers?

School Council Roles in Elections

We hope everyone has a great first day of school!

Discussions

All day Kindergarten - Funding

Started by Shelley Stacey in Education Policy and Government BIlls. Last reply by Jacqui Strachan Aug 19. 3 Replies

Just wondering everyone's thoughts on what I believe is the dirty little secret to all day kindergarten.  After looking in every area possible there is no place that states that not all classes will have both an ECE and Teacher.  In fact many…Continue

Is Your School Welcoming and Open to Parent Volunteers?

Started by Lisa Robertson in Parent Engagement/Involvement/Communication. Last reply by Anelia Coppes Dec 2, 2012. 3 Replies

Many parents spend countless hours at our schools volunteering with a wide variety of activities in and around the child's school.  We have seen and answered questions on surveys but are parents feeling welcomed in schools?  Do parents feel like…Continue

You Gotta Watch/Listen to this...

Started by Jacqui Strachan in You Gotta Watch/Listen to this!. Last reply by Jacqui Strachan Jul 23. 1 Reply

At the suggestion of Lori, one of our community members, I am finally starting a discussion category where people can post links to education-related videos, poems, songs, stories, etc.From Ken Robinson's famous TED Talk to spoken word artists…Continue

School Council Roles in Elections

Started by Jacqui Strachan in School Councils. Last reply by Jacqui Strachan Aug 20. 24 Replies

With a provincial election around the corner and municipal elections on October 27, it seems like a good time to re-visit this discussion...Education is an important issue in both provincial and municipal elections, and school councils can play an…Continue

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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 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.

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Latest Activity

Sunil Singh replied to Frank Loreto's discussion 'Getting rid of EQAO'
"My son is entering Grade 3 this year.  He will not be writing that disingenuous test. EQAO has had ZERO interest in math and students since its inception.  It does an amazing job at being a metric for watered down mathematics from the…"
22 minutes ago
Janet McCarrol replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'Summer Learning Loss - What do you think?'
"I agree with your account of the summer slide Wendy. I see it in many of our returning students. I can usually pick out the kids who spent virtually all of their time on a computer and/or in front of the television.  Try as teachers may, it can…"
Aug 26
Wendy Ross replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'Summer Learning Loss - What do you think?'
"Being a mother who is a teacher as well, I have definitely been quite concerned about this phenomenon known as a 'summer slide' in kids. Even before I had kids of my own, I used to observe the primary school kids whom I taught come back…"
Aug 26
Wendy Ross liked Jacqui Strachan's discussion Summer Learning Loss - What do you think?
Aug 26
Annie Kidder left a comment for Trudy Richards
"Hi Trudy Welcome to this community. I hope you find lots of people to talk to and lots of information. Next week, it will all start revving up again as kids head back to school. I'm the Executive Director of People for Education and I'm…"
Aug 25
Trudy Richards is now a member of People for Education Online Community
Aug 23
Sheila Stewart replied to Sheila Stewart's discussion 'On Homework'
"This is a good read regarding an "Optional Homework Policy".  It covers the questions and issues surrounding homework and the benefits of an optional…"
Aug 22
Ava Coulson replied to Sara Diswahli's discussion 'Education support person?'
"I'm actually in Kingston but have 2 girls.. there's a great leraning consultant here at "Curious Life consulting". She sat down with my eldest this past spring because of reading difficulties.. not so much literacy problems as…"
Aug 21
Jacqui Strachan replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'School Council Roles in Elections'
"The four provincial organizations representing school board trustees have developed a great website for the upcoming election. If you are looking for information about what a trustee does, how to run for a trustee position, how and where to vote,…"
Aug 20
A discussion started by Shelley Stacey was featured

All day Kindergarten - Funding

Just wondering everyone's thoughts on what I believe is the dirty little secret to all day kindergarten.  After looking in every area possible there is no place that states that not all classes will have both an ECE and Teacher.  In fact many classrooms are packed with 30 students while the next room has 14 to avoid paying the additional ECE. How is this equity for all students.From the Ministry website it statesTeachers and early childhood educators (ECEs) are working together to help young…See More
Aug 20
A discussion started by Lisa Robertson was featured

Is Your School Welcoming and Open to Parent Volunteers?

Many parents spend countless hours at our schools volunteering with a wide variety of activities in and around the child's school.  We have seen and answered questions on surveys but are parents feeling welcomed in schools?  Do parents feel like they are partners in education? Are there inconsistencies in welcoming environments from school to school?  Is the mandate from the Ministry of Education really being followed when it comes parent engagement/involvement?  Do schools do this because…See More
Aug 20
Jacqui Strachan replied to Shelley Stacey's discussion 'All day Kindergarten - Funding'
"I know that there has been concern among parents about class sizes in the JK/SK grades, but this is the first I have heard of configuring classes this way.  I hope others will share here if they have had the same experience."
Aug 19

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