People for Education is a unique organization in Canada: independent, non-partisan, and fueled by a belief in the power and promise of public education. We create evidence, instigate dialogue, and build links so that people can see – and act on – the connection between public education and a fair and prosperous society.
Defining success: Views from the next generation
“The first thing young people want is just to feel like they belong in the classroom.”
- Gerri Nakirigya Lutaaya, panelist
At our annual conference, a panel of young people talked about what “success” means to them. The panelists included Kherto Ahmed, a student researcher with Success Beyond Limits, Amal Qayum, President of the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association, and two members of People for Education’s NextGen Committee - Herleen Arora and Gerri Nakirigya Lutaaya.
Vincent Atallah, People for Education board member and chair of the NextGen Committee, moderated the session.
People for Education is looking for an experienced Office Manager to join our team. The Office Manager will work under the direction of the Executive Director, and with the Development Manager, to:
- maintain the organizational and financial systems that support the operations of the organization
- facilitate Board activities and connect with all board directors
- provide coordination support for People for Education’s fundraising and events
The application deadline is January 21, 2019.See the full job description
What is "non-core" funding?
In its recently completed consultations on education funding, the Ministry of Education asked whether there were parts of the funding formula that are "not core to the delivery of education in Ontario." And in a series of memos to school boards, the Ministry named a number of areas where funding would be discontinued. In her blog, Annie Kidder ponders the distinction between core and non-core funding.
Our response to the education consultations
From September to December, 2018, Ontario’s Ministry of Education engaged in consultations on funding and a broad range of other education issues. People for Education has responded to both consultations.Read our submission on education funding Read our submission on standardized testing, skills for work and life, and the health curriculum
Why public education?
We asked students, educators, parents, and researchers to answer the question "Why public education?"
Here is what they had to say.
As we head into 2019, People for Education will be focusing on the future of public education – both the challenges it faces and the opportunities it offers.
Vincent Atallah, PFE board member and chair of the NextGen Committee, talks about what he learned at our annual conference from a panel of young people discussing what “success” means to them.
PFE in the news
The Globe and Mail: Advocates for students with disabilities call on Ontario to stop school exclusions
The Ontario Autism Coalition is asking the Ontario Ministry of Education to remove principals' power to exclude students from school for an indefinite period.
This feature story explores the issues around the 'exclusion' of students with special education needs from school for all or part of the day.
In the fall of 2018, Ontario's Ministry of Education engaged in consultations on a range of education issues. The Ministry received over 72,000 submissions via online surveys, letters from individuals and organizations, and telephone town-halls.
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.