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Award-winning Durham teacher-librarian says libraries are ‘powerful’
This article cites our 2011 report on school libraries. According to the report, there is a significant relationship between student scores on reading and writing tests and the presence of a teacher-librarian.
Ontario school data shed light on effects of math-class divisions
"We know that students who are struggling benefit from being in the [academic] classroom and the evidence is equally strong that those who are doing well are not harmed." - Annie Kidder
Municipalities and community groups will help test new rules for teaming to spare schools
The Ministry of Education is introducing a pilot program to test new approaches to Ontario's school closing process. Annie Kidder points to the need for broader discussions about integrated decision-making between school boards and municipalities.
New report says schools don’t have enough guidance counsellors
Annie Kidder talks about our new report on guidance counsellors with Matt Galloway on CBC Metro Morning.
School guidance counsellors ‘stretched’ amid rising mental health needs
People for Education's new report finds students have limited access to school guidance counsellors at a time when transition/career planning is more complicated and students' mental health needs are increasing.
Choosing Grade 9 courses is serious stuff: Durham school board puts more checkpoints in place
New initiatives in the Durham District School Board help grade 8 students make more informed choices, and two schools are offering mixed academic/applied grade 9 math.
Tens of millions in grants targeted for needy students aren’t reaching them
The Auditor General's report raises the same concerns flagged by People for Education in our 2017 annual report on Ontario's schools. Funding to support at-risk students is being used to cover shortfalls in other areas.
Parent-teacher interviews: 6 essential tips for parents
It's parent-teacher interview time, and People for Education's tip sheet for parents provides tips on how to prepare, possible questions to ask, and the importance of following up.
Play equity: Should parent fundraising determine the quality of Toronto’s schoolyards?
People for Education's annual survey findings show that for every $1 raised in schools in low-income neighbourhoods, affluent neighbourhoods are able to raise $49, an increase from $1 and $25 nine years ago.
TDSB backs off bid to phase out specialty schools
Annie Kidder weighs in on the TDSB's controversial suggestion that specialty school programs should be phased out to create a more equitable TDSB.