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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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Thorton Timms replied to Gail Copeland's discussion 'Split Classes in Elementary School — How Well Do They Work?'
"I think it is important to note that the original comment didn't claim to "prove" that students are not hindered.  In fact, the original post said:The limited research that has been done on split grades has shown very little…"
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susan schuurman replied to Ann J Thompson's discussion 'No more Reading, Writing, OR Arithmetic?'
"For more than a decade now, I've been working on a set of manipulative math materials for early grades, and am finally in the process of applying for a patent. (In my own un-humble opinion it's one step better than Cuisenaire Rods - which…"
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TDSB to Report School-by-School List of Needed Repairs

"Parents now have access to a wealth of data on the condition of public schools as the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) becomes, what is thought to be, the first school board in Ontario to post lists of repairs on a school-by-school basis. The TDSB is also publishing each school’s Facility Condition Index, a rating of school building conditions. The data for the board’s 588 active schools are taken from the Ministry of Education’s Renewal Needs Backlog. Not one of the repairs listed…See More
Ann J Thompson replied to Alison Morse's discussion 'Special education and parent advocacy'
"Dealing with all the diverse learning differences now present in every classroom will take much more than additional professional development.  We will also have to fit each teacher with a couple of pairs of extra hands and extend TIME somehow.…"
Ann J Thompson replied to Ann J Thompson's discussion 'No more Reading, Writing, OR Arithmetic?'
"One problem, from my point of view, is that we've jumped ahead to those "higher-level thinking skills" long before kids have the BASICS. I am meeting kids who have been told they're brilliant because they can express their ideas…"
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…"
Marina Papic posted a discussion

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
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