People for Education brings an independent, evidence-based voice to policy tables and the public. We conduct our own research, and we collaborate with other researchers, universities, and subject experts to support positive change in public education.
Click on a topic below to find the latest research, news and resources.
The geography of opportunity: What’s needed for broader student success
People for Education's Annual report on Ontario’s publicly-funded schools is an audit of the education system – a way of keeping track of the impact of funding and policy choices in schools across the province.
School libraries 2016
This report is an excerpt from our 2016 annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools, and examines the staffing and resources in school libraries.
Special education report 2016
This report is an excerpt from our 2016 annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools.
Arts report 2016
This report is an excerpt from People for Education’s 2016 annual report on Ontario’s publicly funded schools.
Moving toward reconciliation in Ontario’s publicly funded schools
This report articulates an approach to reconciliation in our publicly funded schools that will engender real change for all students.
Conditions for a quality learning environment
A list of the conditions in schools – from the classroom, to the whole school, to school-community relationships – that provide a foundation for the competencies and skills in the four Measuring What Matters domains.
What matters in Indigenous education: Implementing a vision committed to holism, diversity and engagement
Dr. Pamela Toulouse explores an Indigenous approach to quality learning environments and the Measuring What Matters competencies/skills.
The Influence of Teaching Beyond Standardized Test Scores: Engagement, Mindsets, and Agency
This report looks at the influence of teaching in helping students become "more conscientious, more focused on preparing for the future, and more convinced that smart is something that you become by working hard."
Samara’s Democracy 360, a report card on the state of Canada’s democracy, focuses on the complex relationship between citizens and political leadership.
New Evidence That Teaching Social and Emotional Skills to Inner-City Students Can Contribute to Their Academic Achievement
This research examines social-emotional learning as a promising approach to promote academic proficiency, especially for those students most at risk.
We have two major research initiatives: Measuring What Matters and the Ontario School Survey.
Measuring What Matters
We are working with experts from across Canada to create broader goals and more effective measures of success in education.
Annual School Survey
Since 1997, we have been collecting data on the programs and resources available in Ontario’s publicly funded schools.