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Making Connections 2018: People for Education's annual conference
Join us on Saturday November 10 for a day of learning and making connections. This year's keynote speaker is the extraordinary Maggie MacDonnell, winner of the 2017 Global Teacher Prize.
Interdisciplinary learning fosters competencies
In 2016, one BC school made a shift to focus on developing vital competencies through student-driven interdisciplinary learning. Middle years students at the school do not have subject-based classes, but instead learn through integrated inquiry projects.
And teachers are already seeing a difference.
People for Education’s 2018 Report on Ontario’s Publicly Funded Schools—based on survey results from more than 1,200 Ontario schools—reveals ongoing challenges in a number of areas, including access to mental health support for students, principals’ workload, and equity of access to resources and programs.Read the report Make a donation to support our research
For future success, students need competencies that extend beyond the 3Rs into areas like creativity, health, social-emotional learning, and citizenship. Education systems around the world are starting to embed these competencies into school curriculum.
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that children and young people aren’t getting enough time to develop the vital competencies and skills that are learned through play.
A new report raises concerns about how Canada is addressing mental health problems among young people. Schools are the ideal place to promote mental health and provide support for students with mental health issues.
PFE in the news
In this article about the results from the Thames Valley school board's 2017 parent survey, Annie Kidder talks about the importance of effective communication in supporting parent engagement.
Global News: Report finds students with special needs in Ontario increasingly asked to stay home from school
This Global News story highlights our survey findings that a growing number of principals are asking special education students to stay home for part or all of the school day.
From this CBC report on our 2018 annual report on schools: "Principals are spending too much time doing menial managerial tasks and school boards are struggling to adequately support students' mental health."
Annie Kidder's 2018 convocation address at York University
In a moving convocation address to York University’s Faculty of Education, Annie Kidder stressed the importance of the teaching profession and how teachers must bring their humanity to the job.