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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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Applied and academic - are we streaming kids in high school?

Started by Annie Kidder in Education Policy and Government BIlls. Last reply by lynne murtha on Friday. 40 Replies

PLEASE NOTE: This discussion has been updated. Data and links are from our latest report, released on April 13, 2015.Over the last decade, Ontario has had great success increasing high school graduation rates and sending more graduates on to…Continue

First Nations sidetracked in Canadian and World Studies curriculum

Started by Andrew Piekarski in Curriculum / Report Cards Apr 7. 0 Replies

In 2013, I reviewed the Ontario curriculum to find out what we teach our children about our First Nations.  I was sufficiently disturbed by what I found that I initiated a…Continue

Involving parents - live streaming council meetings

Started by Marco in Parent Engagement/Involvement/Communication. Last reply by Rose Da Silva Apr 8. 4 Replies

Hi all, our school council is looking into ways of involving more parents in our meetings who can't necessarily attend council meetings. I'm wondering if others have experience creating ways to increase participation in council meetings, votes,…Continue


Started by Annie Kidder in Fundraising. Last reply by Janet McCarrol Apr 14. 15 Replies

 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 you think? Should there by greater limits on fundraising?What are the pros and cons of…Continue

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.




Latest Activity

Lynne Jefferson is now a member of People for Education Online Community
3 hours ago
Andrew Piekarski posted a discussion

Schools on Aboriginal realities: it's all about teachers' attitudes

As some of us ponder on how to improve the Ontario history curriculum to better reflect Canada's aboriginal inheritance, it's worth taking a look at the experience of other provinces.  Changing the curriculum is one thing.  Getting teachers to teach it is quite another.The provincial government of Saskatchewan has revised its educational programs to better reflect the early history of the plains. In the previous narrative the “foundational” story of Canada was focused on the resilience and…See More
lynne murtha replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Applied and academic - are we streaming kids in high school?'
"As a Mom of 3 boys(2 at high school level) I have seen several examples of the applied stream being where boys are put.My middle son is in gr 8 and when he brought home the papers discussing how to choose between applied and academic English the…"
lynne murtha is now a member of People for Education Online Community
Marc Comeau replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Special education - is it working?'
"This year will see some big adjustments in Spec Ed funding per board:   Special Education Funding in 2015-16   There are still some quirky things about the MOV used for the rebalancing of the HNA. The HNA used to be defined as; "The…"
Janet McCarrol replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Fundraising'
"Wonderful, lofty ideals Susan, but I don't know how you'd get all parents across the province to agree on what the priorities are let alone pursue a dream.  Look at the current reaction to the new Sex Ed Curriculum - and that is…"
Apr 14
susan schuurman replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Fundraising'
"Challenging stuff. . .  or is it.  What if there is a bigger vision?  Why not pursue a dream?  Could we sell the parents on that?  What if we all collaborated? For fun, a universal music program, for all the children in the…"
Apr 14
Janet McCarrol replied to Annie Kidder's discussion 'Fundraising'
"With all due respect, it does seem as though the attack is on for those considered ¨rich¨. I know of many not-so-rich kids who have i-pads (some even have cell phones) and I know of many who have flat screen t.v.s, watch alot of television…"
Apr 14

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