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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 Ann J Thompson 9 hours ago. 46 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

All-gender washrooms coming to more Toronto schools: TDSB

Started by Marina Papic in Safe Schools. Last reply by Marina Papic Apr 18. 31 Replies

The TDSB is intending to open all-gender washrooms in public schools across the city in a bid to create a more inclusive environment for students. There are mixed feelings about this change, however there are currently about 50 Toronto public…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

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 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.

 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.

 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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Ann J Thompson replied to Stan Taylor's discussion 'Math Instruction: Semesters vs. All Year Long'
"I'm retired, but am tutoring students from Renfrew County Public Board.  They are semestered; new stuff coming at them far too fast.  Have High School experience in Hull (now Gatineau), Quebec (West Quebec School Board)  where…"
9 hours ago
Stan Taylor replied to Stan Taylor's discussion 'Math Instruction: Semesters vs. All Year Long'
"Hello Ann J Thompson, Thanks for your input.  You appear to be an active participant to P4E discussions.  What am I doing wrong in my attempts to enlist P4E members to help me determine which Ontario Boards still deliver math on a All Year…"
18 hours ago
Ann J Thompson replied to Stan Taylor's discussion 'Math Instruction: Semesters vs. All Year Long'
"While I agree that our Math problems stem from a total lack of mastery of numeracy concepts in the early grades, I do not think that semesters are good for the 80% of students who are not stellar in this (or any other) subject area.  Spreading…"
21 hours ago
Trixie Doyle replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Champions of standardized testing change their tunes - what's your view?'
"Standardized tests do not show students where they need to improve.  If any student, teacher, or parent doesn't know how their child is doing before the standardized tests, there are much bigger problems to address.  My sons…"
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Ann J Thompson replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Champions of standardized testing change their tunes - what's your view?'
"I agree with your first sentence... "
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Natalie Pietrzak-Renaud replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Champions of standardized testing change their tunes - what's your view?'
"Standardized testing is a useful tool for everyone as long as it is well designed and implemented correctly. There are definitely problems with the current system and tests but why are we advocating to get rid of something rather than fix it? What I…"
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Trixie Doyle replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Champions of standardized testing change their tunes - what's your view?'
"I gave my sons a choice and both stayed home and skipped the EQAO tests.  Testing was in the morning, so they went in for just the afternoons (and didn't miss any non-EQAO stuff).    They did any work sheets that were…"
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Ann J Thompson replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Champions of standardized testing change their tunes - what's your view?'
"I wish I had an answer for you, Hayd.  Let me assure you that you are far from being the only parent stewing about this.  In our own small area some parents are receiving extra work sheets; others aren't.  Some are trying to…"
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