Guidance counsellor report and more education news

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New Report on Guidance Counsellors

A new report from People for Education shows that there may be a disconnect between provincial policy, which stresses the relationship between guidance programs and overall student success, and the reality in Ontario schools.

The report, Guiding Students to Success, is based on survey results from 1,196 Ontario principals. It shows that the vast majority of elementary schools have no guidance counsellors at all, and that in secondary schools the ratio of students to guidance teachers is relatively high. In addition, there are wide regional disparities in access to guidance counsellors.

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On the road to Rwanda!

Annie Kidder, People for Education's Executive Director, is off to Kigali, joining representatives from South America, South and Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East at a meeting of the UNESCO Learning Metrics Task Force. 

People for Education has been invited to join this high-level international group in a global consultation process to build consensus around goals and measures for education. It is an exciting opportunity to discuss our Measuring What Matters initiative with leading experts from around the world.

Annie will be reporting regularly on the event on Twitter.
You can follow her @anniekidder.

Choosing High School Courses

Students in grade 8 are making choices about high school courses this month, and those choices can have an impact on their options throughout high school and after they graduate.

One of the decisions to be made is whether to take Applied or Academic courses in the core subjects. Students can take a mix of academic and applied courses, and special education and English language supports are available in both. Many students take Applied courses because they think they are easier, but data from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) suggest that students in Applied courses are more likely to struggle in school, regardless of their prior academic performance. Students who want to keep their options open may want to consider choosing Academic courses for grade 9.

For more information about choosing courses in high school, you can download our High School Courses and Choices tip sheet.

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February 24 â€“ Toronto

The Canadian Safe School Network is hosting its 18th annual conference, featuring keynote speakers Mary Gordon and Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt.

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March 26 – Burlington

The Learning Disabilities Association of Halton hosts their 4th annual Solutions for Learning Conference, Minds that Matter.

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March 30-31 â€“ Kingston

Community Living Ontario is hosting Meeting the Diversity Challenge in the Classroom. The symposium will address how to make schools effective and inclusive. 

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May 29-30 – Pembroke

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education is hosting its 76th annual conference and AGM, Poor No More

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