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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…Continue
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Ahhhhh, summer. It seems like a good time to re-visit some of our summer-themed discussions:
Share your thoughts, or share your summer reading list!
Thanks to Anelia, our moderator in Parry Sound, for the photo of Georgian Bay!
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
Summer is probably my favourite reading season. The pace is slower, there's more time to dig into a good book, and there's nothing better than to curl up with a book, whether you are camping, cottaging, hanging out on the beach or your fave patio,…Continue
Has anyone tried to register their special needs child for summer school? My son is trying to register and normally needs a support worker during the regular school year and the I am being told by the school and board that they do not provide…Continue
As I struggle to get my 14 year old back into a routine for the start of school next week, I am more and more starting to think that year round schooling just might be a good idea.What are your thoughts? If your children attend school year round,…Continue
Ahhhh, summer. As the school year comes to an end, it is that time of year when we start to hear the warnings about summer learning loss or “brain drain”. There are many…Continue
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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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 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.
Our northernmost moderator, Sheila is presently a member of the Lakehead District School Board PIC's Communication Committee and 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 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.