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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 our intrepid moderator, Sheila Stewart.

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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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Do report cards matter?

Started by Sheila Stewart in Curriculum / Report Cards. Last reply by Sheila Stewart Jun 19. 4 Replies

This morning I listened to this radio interview (Ottawa CBC w/ Joel Westheimer) on the topic of report cards and the current situation in Ontario: …Continue

Cancellation of 2015 EQAO tests

Started by Jacqui Strachan in Testing, marks and homework!. Last reply by Ann J Thompson Jun 11. 15 Replies

The Education Quality and Accountability Office has announced that this year's EQAO tests will be cancelled in school boards affected by the teachers' work-to-rule campaign and strikes. I'd like to hear what people think the impact will be. Will it…Continue

Labour issues in Ontario's publicly funded education system

Started by Annie Kidder in Education Policy and Government BIlls. Last reply by Miguel Kieran on Monday. 27 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

Teaching Aboriginal curriculum: it's all about teachers' attitudes

Started by Andrew Piekarski in Curriculum / Report Cards. Last reply by Janet McCarrol Jun 10. 6 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

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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Eugenie Landry is now a member of People for Education Online Community
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Miguel Kieran replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Labour issues in Ontario's publicly funded education system'
"Labour issues are common among public schools and many families can't aford to put thier children in private schools, plus not all private schools offer what the parents are looking for. Charter Schools are created by the parents or not for…"
Monday
David Clarke replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Labour issues in Ontario's publicly funded education system'
"That's why we have institutions known as Private schools.  Parents are free to pull their children from public funded schools and put them in private or even take individual courses from private schools. I don't think we need Charter…"
Monday
Miguel Kieran replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Labour issues in Ontario's publicly funded education system'
"Charter schools themselves are not profit making, but they may purchase services from profit-making corporations. Proponents of charter schools argue that public schools have too little flexibility to meet the needs of students. Public schools are…"
Monday
Miguel Kieran replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Labour issues in Ontario's publicly funded education system'
"Persons and groups opposed to charter schools believe charter schools mean some students would receive different kinds of education from others, thus reducing the common core of learning available in public schools. They also argue that the quality…"
Monday
Miguel Kieran replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Labour issues in Ontario's publicly funded education system'
"Alberta is the only province with charter schools, having adopted charter legislation in 1994 in order to provide greater innovation, increased educational opportunities, and permit more parental choice. These schools cannot deny access to students…"
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Miguel Kieran is now a member of People for Education Online Community
Monday
Suzanne Lemieux replied to Suzanne Lemieux's discussion 'An EA considers her options.'
"Oh yes, I see how the misguided priorities and allocation of funds is affecting me and my students. To me it feels like my job has been phased out without me seeing it coming. Three years of focused training and 18 years working and learning and…"
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