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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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Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Ways of Knowing

Started by Tim Yearington in Indigenous Education. Last reply by Jacqui Strachan Apr 25. 1 Reply

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…Continue

Tags: indigenous, education, ways, of, knowing

Math Instruction: Semesters vs. All Year Long

Started by Stan Taylor in Curriculum / Report Cards. Last reply by Stan Taylor May 9. 49 Replies

Hi,Since 2008 I have been lobbying Peel District School Board trustees, Curriculum Superintendent and local Principals to change the way Math is delivered in Peel.  The current system in 30 of 33 secondary schools is the 'Block' Semester System. …Continue

Cursive writing

Started by Marilyn Book in Education Policy and Government Legislation. Last reply by Ann J Thompson Apr 12. 75 Replies

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…Continue

Tags: ability, writing, cursive

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.

 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!




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susan schuurman replied to Ann J Thompson's discussion 'No more Reading, Writing, OR Arithmetic?'
"For me, it's those so precious cultural slivers that I discovered that I think-"Gee if only we would do that here". At the Indian school, I was so impressed with how the children learned mental math and the use, for example, of the…"
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Nurture Through Nature

"Nurture Through Nature" (NTN) features a sensory garden section in the school’s larger Early Years Garden..." "Vice-Principal Barbara Sandler said that the garden is very much a whole-school initiative. “Whether together with friends, or individually, this garden is a space to relax, rejuvenate and reflect on how a community can come together and cultivate healthy relationships with one another, one's self and one's environment,” she noted. “The sensory garden engages not only the physical…See More
Aug 8
Marina Papic left a comment for PRABHDEEP KAUR GHAI
"Hello Prabhdeep. Welcome to our online community! We are thrilled to have you join us and share your ideas and experiences. Feel free to browse and add your input to any of the ongoing discussions in the forum."
Aug 8
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Aug 8
Sunil Singh replied to Frank Loreto's discussion 'Getting rid of EQAO'
"August, 2016... It now seems like anything prior to 2013 never existed. Where I find myself now seems to be some product of falling through some kind of worm-hole...:) All the squabbling and bickering about EQAO is no longer within my radius of…"
Aug 8
Ann J Thompson posted a discussion

No more Reading, Writing, OR Arithmetic?

While lamenting - and writing about - the realization that some school boards in Ontario are now allowing technology to read even LITERACY tests TO struggling students, I recognize the significant negative impact the use of technology is having on The Basic Skills - which most parents assume are being taught. Technology, in these locations, is being used to abrogate the board's mandate to teach reading, writing and arithmetic. Ontario schools no longer provide carefully constructed printing…See More
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Amina patel is now a member of People for Education Online Community
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Marina Papic posted a discussion

TDSB schools receive national recognition for business ventures

"TLP’s culminating Entrepreneurial Adventure showcase and awards ceremony features school projects demonstrating originality, enterprising spirit, teamwork and impact on school and community. Showcase events are held in public venues, providing a real-life opportunity to practice pitching and public speaking skills while gaining confidence in the process. Each selected award-winning venture receives $500 that goes to further enhancing and developing their school’s entrepreneurial pursuits."Here…See More
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