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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.


Internet Use in Primary Schools

Started by Karen in Technology in the Classroom. Last reply by Mel Lebel on Friday. 4 Replies

This year with my child being in grade 4 and having more access to computers I was shocked to find out that there is no internet filtering at the school.My child has innocently gone on certain websites that were not appropriate for her.  In addition…Continue

How do we get our kids to love reading?

Started by Jacqui Strachan in Education - Philosophical Discussions. Last reply by Sheila Stewart on Friday. 47 Replies

Well, we certainly seemed to have hit a sensitive spot when we released our report about students' enjoyment of reading today.  The Reading…Continue

School trustees and school boards

Started by Annie Kidder in School Boards and Trustees. Last reply by Sharon Hobin on Thursday. 6 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 Trixie Doyle yesterday. 33 Replies

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

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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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Special Education

Parents often have questions about special education. Here's a place where we can ask questions, share ideas and information and help one another...
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Jacqui Strachan replied to Kimberly Eady's discussion 'Looking for Great Fundraising Ideas'
"The attendance ranged - there was always at least 20, average attendance was 50 - 75, and on a couple of occasions, over 100 showed up. As to popcorn, we relied on the kindness of volunteers standing in front of air poppers for hours before the…"
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Liliane Benoît replied to Kimberly Eady's discussion 'Looking for Great Fundraising Ideas'
"Hi Jacqui, All great tips.  Thank you.  I'm quite excited about it.  I have no idea how many to expect.  Did you usually get a large turn out?  Know any great places to get nut-free, large quantity, inexpensive…"
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Jacqui Strachan replied to Kimberly Eady's discussion 'Looking for Great Fundraising Ideas'
"Hi Liliane, Movie Nights are so much fun (and incredibly noisy!), and one of the best ways we found to build stronger connections between families. The first thing that I discovered is that no one actually watches the movie! :-) We set up an open…"
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Dorina Grossu is now a member of People for Education Online Community
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Trixie Doyle replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'Re-thinking School Councils'
"That's generally how my school councils work as well.  Do other councils actually put up barriers that eliminate the voices of their parents? "
Jacqui Strachan replied to Jacqui Strachan's discussion 'Re-thinking School Councils'
"My old school council ran much as Julia described. Our elections took place on Curriculum Night, as that was always well-attended by parents. We had pretty loose rules about participation on council - anyone could sign up to be a member, and…"

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