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It's back-to-school time, and we are gearing up for a busy year here at People for Education. Read on for more information about our annual conference, the Measuring What Matters project, and more! And don't forget to join our online community, where you can engage with others on all of the hot topics in education.

Register now for Making Connections.

Registration is now open for our 19th annual conference, which will take place on Saturday, November 7 in Toronto. Join a great mix of parents, teachers, principals, trustees, policy-makers, researchers and community members to learn, share and connect. We have an amazing line-up of speakers and workshops, with Dr. Alan Sears as our keynote speaker. Dr. Sears will be talking about citizenship education - where we see it in today’s schools, and the impact it can have on our future.

With workshop topics ranging from hands-on (social media as a communication tool) to big-picture (how can public education change the world?) there is something for everyone.

Visit our conference page for more information and to register. The conference will sell out, so register early to avoid disappointment!

Welcome Elyse!

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the People for Education team, Elyse Watkins. Elyse has a background in health science, and completed her graduate work in international education policy at Harvard University. She will be taking on the role of Policy Analyst and Research Coordinator. Elyse’s experience in curriculum support, education policy analysis, and skills-based assessment provide the foundation for her research and policy-based interests. Welcome aboard, Elyse!

Are kids born creative? Or is creativity a teachable / learnable skill?

People for Education thinks it's time to move beyond targets for the "3 R's" in education.

But what are the skills and competencies that students—and society—really need for long-term success? We're finding out through our Measuring What Matters project.

We hear a lot about the importance of graduating students with the capacity to be creative and to innovate, but can we teach kids to be creative? And is it possible to define and measure creativity?

We've come up with a draft list of the competencies and skills that fall under the category of creativity, and this year we're going to field test some of them in schools. We want to know what you think. Are there things missing from the list? Are there things we should take out?

Supporting Citizenship Education: Student Vote 2015

With a federal election around the corner, it is a good time to take a closer look at one of the key domains in our Measuring What Matters project—citizenship education. Citizenship education equips students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be able to take a full and active role in their society.

One program that is working to enhance students' citizenship skills is Student Vote 2015. This program gives students the opportunity to participate in a 'parallel election' during federal, provincial and municipal elections. Through the program, students learn about the voting process and "build the habits of informed and engaged citizenship".

Learn more about Student Vote 2015.
Read Dr. Alan Sear's paper on citizenship education.

Have your say on music education in Ontario

The Coalition for Music Education is conducting research into the state of music education in Ontario, as part of their Wise Voices for Music program. You can support this important research by participating in an online survey. You will also have the opportunity to win a $100 gift certificate to your local music store.

There are separate surveys for parents, students, school staff and other stakeholders. The information gathered in these questionnaires will be used to develop province-wide strategies and to shape the Coalition's advocacy work.  

Participate in the survey.


Sept. 26 – Toronto

The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada invites you to its 7th annual conference, with an exciting line-up of speakers.

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Oct. 15-16 – Toronto

Come to the Ophea conference to get essential information and new insights on ways to support the healthy active living of children and youth.

Oct. 24 – Toronto

Canadian Parents for French is hosting a symposium on French Second Language Education in Ontario.This year's theme is "Parents as Partners in Program Enrichment".

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Nov 3-5 – Edmonton

The Conference Board of Canada is hosting a summit to explore the future of K-12, post-secondary education, and skills development in Canada.

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