People for Education is an independent, non-partisan, charitable organization working to support and advance public education through research, policy analysis, and public engagement.
2018 report on Ontario's publicly funded schools
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
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.
Desert Sands Community School in Ashcroft, BC is supporting the new basics and developing competencies in their students through student-driven interdisciplinary learning.
A recent study by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation suggests an increasing amount of teachers across Canada are seeing a rise in both the rate and severity of violence in schools.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)’s 20th Survey of Educational Issues reveals public opinions regarding satisfaction with Ontario schools, opinions on government spending on education, equity, economic relevance, and more.
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 at TedxKitchenerED
Why public education? For Annie, this is both a question and a statement. In a world today where hope is often lacking, Annie makes a strong case that publicly funded schools are the place where hope becomes concrete.