A new year and lots of education news

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014.

There will be lots happening in education over the next few months: We'll find out about this year's education funding and the province will come out with its renewed vision for education. For many parents and students, the coming months will bring new report cards, choices about high school courses and the beginning of preparations for transitions to middle school, secondary school and post-secondary programs.

People for Education will bring you information about all of the above and more, as well as updated resources, current educational research and all the latest education news. Our goal is to ensure that every student has an equitable chance for success and that all families can be effectively engaged in their children's education.

For more information, go to our website at www.peopleforeducation.ca.

Nominate your school!

Does your school promote a culture that is safe and accepting? Are there policies to support healthy and respectful relationships throughout the school and in the surrounding community? Is there a strong bullying-prevention program?

Has your safe and accepting schools team shown initiative, creativity and leadership in promoting a safe, inclusive and accepting school climate? If so, your school may be eligible for a Premier's Accepting Schools Award.

Anyone in the school community can nominate a team. Deadline: February 21, 2014

It's easy to nominate your Safe and Accepting School team. Just click here.

Can student demographic information help tackle school challenges?

People for Education is partnering with researchers from across Ontario so that more people have access to their expertise.

Right now, we're featuring researchers Maria Yau and Rob Brown, from the Toronto District School Board. They have overseen years of cutting-edge research projects, including the most recent Student and Parent Census which helped the board produce Census Portraits on different demographic groups, and fact sheets on topics including students’ social emotional well-being and school experiences.

Maria and Rob can answer your questions about why it’s important for school boards to collect and use demographic data, how big picture data can make a difference advocating for students, and about the effectiveness of the Model Schools for Inner Cities Program. 

Learn more, or ask a question here.

Measuring what Matters: Health

Join our Webinar with SickKids' Dr. Bruce Ferguson, and have your say!

People for Education is embarking on a five-year project to broaden the Canadian definition of school success by expanding the indicators used to measure progress.

And we want to hear from you!

In Ontario, we currently evaluate school success using assessments of literacy and numeracy. While these skills are critical, the evidence is clear that to prosper in the 21st century, students need much more than the 3 Rs.

We are hosting a series of FREE webinars with leading experts to explore how success could be measured in important areas like health, creativity, citizenship or school climate.

The first webinar is on February 5th, from 7 to 8 p.m., Dr. Bruce Ferguson, a professor of psychiatry and public health at SickKids Hospital, will lead the discussion about health. What do we mean by health? What should students know and be able to do that would give evidence of their health? At the school level, what is evidence that schools are promoting and supporting students’ health?

Sign up now to be part of this groundbreaking work.

Click here to register.

People for Education in the international spotlight

This week, the American Educational Research Association featured an interview with Annie Kidder in its Lead the Change series—a series of interviews featuring educational change experts from around the globe.

The interview looks at the following questions:

  • What role does research play in educational change and innovation?
  • What are People for Education’s goals, strategies, and main accomplishments?
  • What works and what doesn't to stimulate parent and civic engagement in education?
  • What is the “Measuring What Matters” project? What are its expected outcomes, and what are key lessons so far?
  • What are the most important achievements of public education in Ontario and how should the province move forward?

To read the answers, just click here.

Looking at Post-Secondary Education? Deadlines are looming!

If your child is planning on attending university in September, the deadline for applications is around the corner! Students apply for admission to the universities they are interested in through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 15, 2014. For more information about the application process, contact your school's guidance office or visit the OUAC site.

Students who are planning on attending college can apply any time, as long as there is space in the program. However, students should complete and pay for their college application by February 1, 2014 to ensure equal consideration for admission to programs starting in September.

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January 13 – Ontario-wide

Community Living Ontario invites students aged 4–14 to participate in “Together We’re Better”.Students can submit an inclusion-themed video, story or poem for the Together We’re Better contest.

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January 16 – Guelph

The Wellington Catholic Parent Involvement Committee is hosting an evening with Dr. Karyn Gordon, who will be speaking about effective communication with your children.

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April 3 – Toronto

The Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health presents its third annual Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health.

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April 9 - 10 – London

The Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition presents Coming Together: Supporting the Whole Child, in partnership with PHE Canada.

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February 1 – Toronto

Barbara Coloroso will speak about parenting children through times of crisis. Presented by Kisses for Keaton, an organization supporting parents of critically ill children.

Read more.

February 20 – Toronto

The East York-Scarborough Reading Association is hosting its 38th annual Language Arts Festival, Reading for the Love of It.

Read more.

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