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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.

Among the helpful tips:

- ask open questions

- be brief

- be provocative (but polite!)

For more tips on engaging people here in the community, make sure to read our Netiquette rules. They're not just informative, they're fun too!

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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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Welcome to Our Online Community

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.

For more tips on how to participate, check out the online community FAQs.

Discussions

Fundraising

Started by Annie Kidder in Fundraising. Last reply by Karin Creaser Mar 9. 1 Reply

 Have our publicly funded schools come to rely on fundraising to augment their budgets? And is that reliance creating have and have not schools?What do think? Should there by greater limits on fundraising?What are the pros and cons of fundraising…Continue

School Council Constitutions and By-laws

Started by Lisa Robertson in School Councils. Last reply by With Equal Step Mar 8. 16 Replies

As part of our Boards regular updating of policy and procedures our PIC decided to find out whether a few, some or all of our elementary and secondary schools have developed a constitution and bylaws for their schools, beyond what is written as…Continue

Using social media to communicate and connect with parents

Started by Sheila Stewart in Online Communications. Last reply by susan schuurman Mar 13. 13 Replies

I thought this article posted today about BC schools had many good points about parent communication and…Continue

After school usage of public playgrounds and playstructures by the public.

Started by Becky in Parent Engagement/Involvement/Communication. Last reply by Becky Mar 12. 13 Replies

Wondering what people's thoughts are on the public's use of the public school's playground after school. I moved into my neighbourhood 5 years ago and up until last spring my children were allowed to play as well as other neighbourhood children,…Continue

Sex education in schools

Started by Annie Kidder in Healthy Schools. Last reply by Jacqui Strachan Feb 23. 79 Replies

The Ministry of Education will be introducing the new sex education curriculum in September 2015. On February 23, the Ministry released the revised…Continue

Tags: Parent involvement, Sex education, Curriculum

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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Victoria Shute is now a member of People for Education Online Community
Mar 20
Christine Joseph -Davies is now a member of People for Education Online Community
Mar 13
susan schuurman replied to Sheila Stewart's discussion 'Using social media to communicate and connect with parents'
"Twitter is wonderful.  It's nice to get a picture or quick reminder of a trip or other happening.  However, it's only a snapshot and a staged one at that. Beware of on-line imagery.  Look deeper.   In the end, can my…"
Mar 13
Becky replied to Becky's discussion 'After school usage of public playgrounds and playstructures by the public.'
"A group of parents have banded together and have drafted a letter/petition if this issue does not get resolved soon. We have spoken with several other schools and parents under the same school board and of 6 schools so far only one had a similar…"
Mar 12
Sheila Stewart replied to Sheila Stewart's discussion 'Using social media to communicate and connect with parents'
"Thanks for sharing your learning, Karen.  Do you think this "window in" to the class/school that technology provides, helps lead to further dialogue and 2 way conversations with parents in online or physical…"
Mar 12
Ann J Thompson replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Special education'
"I've worked in two provinces in Special Education and have always been amazed at the amount of smoke and mirrors employed when one asks how Spec Ed money is spent. ("Boards have discretion".) Locally I was always informed that we are…"
Mar 12
Ann J Thompson replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Special education'
"I've worked in two provinces in Special Education and have always been amazed at the amount of smoke and mirrors employed when one asks how Spec Ed money is spent. ("Boards have discretion".) Locally I was always informed that we are…"
Mar 12
Jay Flight is now a member of People for Education Online Community
Mar 10

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