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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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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

School closings, municipal planning and community hubs

Started by Annie Kidder in School Closings. Last reply by Jacqui Strachan Feb 6. 1 Reply

School closings are back in the news and new guidelines are coming that will shorten the process boards must undertake before making a…Continue

School trustees and school boards

Started by Annie Kidder in School Boards and Trustees. Last reply by Sheila Stewart on Saturday. 11 Replies

It might be time to hold a province-wide discussion about the role of trustee. Why are they important? What is their role? Do school trustees play similar roles in boards across Ontario? Across Canada?Here's a link to the Ontario Public School Board…Continue

Re-thinking School Councils

Started by Jacqui Strachan in School Councils. Last reply by Sheila Stewart Feb 12. 46 Replies

People for Education's 2013 Report on School Councils was released earlier today, and as the title implies, we are hoping to…Continue

Tags: councils, school

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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Becky replied to Becky's discussion 'After school usage of public playgrounds and playstructures by the public.'
"I actually came across this site because in my search for answer I found this quote: People for Education provides "research, resources and connections for everyone who cares about public education." Executive Director Annie Kidder…"
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Janet McCarrol replied to Becky's discussion 'After school usage of public playgrounds and playstructures by the public.'
"Funny you should ask ¨How is this fair? ¨ That was last month's Character Trait.  I am not trying to be funny here. I find this situation very sad indeed.  As a parent who helps raise funds for my childrens' school on a…"
3 hours ago
Becky replied to Becky's discussion 'After school usage of public playgrounds and playstructures by the public.'
"The stance is that this will be happening everywhere and that all schools with an after school program will lose their rights for the public to use the school grounds. Their rationale is because of liability insurance issues what if someone in their…"
5 hours ago
Janet McCarrol replied to Becky's discussion 'After school usage of public playgrounds and playstructures by the public.'
"I think it is sad for children to see playgrounds as reserved for ¨paying customers only¨, particularly when their parents helped to fund the play structures.  What kind of message does that send ?    What is the rationale…"
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Becky posted a discussion

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

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, parents and grandparents would meet at the park. There has always been a third party childcare that rents the school to provide after school care. As a community we have raised funds for not only one but two playstructures. We are now told that we are…See More
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Sheila Stewart replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'School trustees and school boards'
"Thanks for posting and sharing here and there, Jacqui!  I will try to check back on Chicago's "switch" ahead."
Sheila Stewart replied to Sheila Stewart's discussion 'Using social media to communicate and connect with parents'
"I see it has been over 2 years since I posted on this topic.  I do see many more boards and parent groups/committees using Twitter and/or Facebook accts.  Have more benefits been realized? What platforms are working better…"

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