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Loss of mandatory census affects education funding

Ontario has a problem.

Nearly $1 Billion in funding for school boards is based on demographic data. But because of the loss of the mandatory long form census, the province says that 2011 census data is not reliable enough to “support using it to update some or all of the grants that currently use 2006 census data.”

This affects funding for special education, the Learning Opportunities Grant and more.

To read the details, click here.

Don't miss People for Education's 19th  Annual Conference

Space is limited at this year's conference, so be sure to register early.

Join over 300 people from across Canada on November 7th to learn, connect, find support, wrestle with big ideas, and meet the Minister of Education. You'll also have a chance to participate in a project that will change the way we define and measure success in education. You can also:

  • Learn about student engagement from the students themselves
  • Talk about how schools support Aboriginal education for all students
  • Meet Ontario’s Advocate for Children and Youth

Visit our conference page to check out the amazing line-up of speakers and workshops and to register.

Is Ontario going to get a provincial "Hubs R Us" office?

There may be new policy coming to support community hubs in Ontario. 

The Premier's Community Hubs Advisory Committee has released its recommendations, and the Premier has given her support for them, though there is currently no timeline for implementation.

The most significant recommendation is to create a central provincial office for community hubs that would work across ministries and directly with the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Ministry of Finance, This could mean more policy integration, reduced barriers, and more support for community hubs on the ground.

To read the details of the recommendations, click here.

Need help? Talk to the Ombudsman.

Do you have an unresolved complaint about a school board?

The Ontario Ombudsman now has the power to investigate. If you’ve tried elsewhere and hit a dead end, the Ombudsman might be able to help—it’s confidential, independent of government, impartial and free. Ombudsman staff will resolve your issue, refer you to help, cut through red tape or launch a full investigation when warranted.

For more information, visit the website
or call the Ombudsman’s complaints line at 1-800-263-1830.

New report recommends end to streaming in grade 9

Change could lead to elimination of some applied courses

There is extensive evidence that dividing students into different types of courses early in high school puts many students at a disadvantage.A new report from the Toronto District School Board bears this out.

Researchers at the TDSB found that racialized and low income students were over-represented in Applied courses in grade 9 and 10, and that all students who started high school in Applied courses were less likely to graduate and less likely to apply or be accepted for college programs.

In a report last year, People for Education recommended ending streaming for grade 9 students.

To read the story in the Toronto Star, click here.
To read a summary of the report, click here.

Supporting social-emotional development through theatre

Trinity Theatre Toronto has been offering social-emotional development training in schools and workplaces since 1982, and is a great example of a program that works across several of the domains in our Measuring What Matters project, including creativity, social-emotional skills, and quality learning environments.

The program uses practices of theatre to empower youth to take on leadership roles in the social-emotional development of their peer groups. They run year-round peer leadership and mentoring programs in schools, and offer blended learning summer leadership courses in the Greater Toronto Area for high school students. For more information, check out their website.


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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Nov 12-13 – Toronto

HC Link is hosting its biannual conference, Linking for Healthy Communities: Action for Change. Learn and share strategies for building healthy, sustainable and resilient communities.

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Nov 13-14 – Calgary

Indspire is hosting its 2015 National Gathering for Indigenous Education, featuring two inspiring keynote speakers, Wab Kinew and Gabrielle Scrimshaw, as well as over 40 workshops.

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