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Featured article: Province may change policy for hiring teachers
In 2012, the Ontario government implemented Regulation 274, changing the way that school boards hired teachers. The purpose of the regulation was to create a standardized hiring practice that removes the potential for nepotism or favouritism in hiring practices, and creates greater transparency, fairness, and accountability.
In January, 2019, the province announced that it is considering changes to the regulation. The proposed changes will eliminate some of the seniority requirements and require boards to consider equity and diversity when they are hiring. The Ministry is engaging in consultations on these changes, with submissions due by May 31.Read the article
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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.
People for Education reviewed over 30 years of research and identified four key things parents can do to help their children succeed, both academically and in the development of health, citizenship, creativity, and social-emotional competencies.
Teachers teach the next generation of society. While there are many important professions, none of them affect all of society’s children – and thus all of society – in the way teaching does.
According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, many students with disabilities do not have equal access to educational opportunities in Ontario, either at the primary and secondary, or at the post-secondary level.
While Ontario’s schools are doing well in teaching “the basics”, students need a broader set of skills, not only to master these ‘basics’, but to ensure that they can thrive in the future.
The province of Ontario will be engaging in consultations about a range of educational issues – from math and science curriculum to cell phone use in schools.
Schools across Ontario have been working hard to support Indigenous education initiatives, with some impressive results. However, there is still work to be done.
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.