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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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Over the past two decades, most of our education systems have focused on success in two important areas — literacy and numeracy. These academic goals are indisputably important. But the intense focus on these particular goals is overshadowing other…Continue
I'm wondering how many parents have children on IEPs who aren't considered "exceptional" under the strictest definition in the guidelines. My son is reading below Grade level in grade 3, has some attention and organization issues and is behind in…Continue
I want to start a discussion, not about the state of education in Aboriginal schools, but about what we are all taught about the place of Aboriginals - our First Nations - in Ontario and Canada. Since the introductory article in this category…Continue
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 a member of the Lakehead District School Board Parent Involvement Committee and the People for Education Network. She is a mother of two daughters and works part-time as a literacy/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.