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.
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Exploring Learning and Health: What Influences a Child’s Ability to Learn?
This article examines the factors that can influence a student's ability to learn. Many of these factors are health-related, and include hunger, poor vision, lack of connectedness, and exposure to violence.
Teaching and learning for a sustainable future: Citizenship education
According to UNESCO, developing citizenship skills in young people is one of the keys to ensuring a sustainable future.
Building capacity for family engagement
Karen Mapp describes the origins and goals of the new family engagement framework adopted by the U.S. Department of Education.
Measuring What Matters: Beyond the 3Rs
A summary of the findings from the initial public consultations and an outline of the work done to identify the five domain areas and conditions for quality learning environments.
Measuring What Matters: Physical and Mental Health in Schools
This report outlines the long-term benefits - to students' educational and life outcomes - of supporting students' health through comprehensive school health programs.
SHAPES – School Health Action Planning and Evaluation System 1
In Nova Scotia, Quebec, PEI and BC, schools are participating in a new way to keep track of students’ physical and mental health.
The Link Between Pupil Health and Well Being and Attainment
This research brief from Public Health England discusses the critical role that students' social emotional health plays in their school success and the role schools in supporting social emotional learning for students.
Physical activity linked to academic performance in boys
A Finnish research study found that young boys who are physically active tend to have better academic achievements. Boys who reported higher levels of physical activity during recess had better reading skills than less active…
Feathers of hope: a First Nations youth action plan
This action plan summarizes the perspectives of over 175 Indigenous youth, brought together by the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth to share their stories, life experiences, and hopes for the future.
Ready, Set, Go! Building Healthy Schools in Ontario
When schools support comprehensive health programs and resources—integrating all aspects of health and well-being, including mental, physical, social, sexual and relational health—the impacts on students are positive and lasting.
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.