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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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All of Ontario's school boards will be affected by changes to the province's guidelines for Pupil Accommodation Reviews. Many aspects of the process for closing schools are being revised.
A new report from People for Education reveals that Ontario elementary schools with low poverty rates raise twice the amount raised by schools with higher poverty rates.
Canada's largest school board is planning substantial changes to close the gap in student outcomes.
Students need more than the 3Rs to be successful in school and in life. Health, citizenship, social-emotional, and creativity competencies are the ‘survival skills’ for the 21st century.
How can our public education system support students' development of competencies in creativity, citizenship, health, and social-emotional learning?
To support young people for long-term success, we need concrete definitions and a common language to describe key areas of learning like citizenship, health, social-emotional learning, and creativity.
Assessment is a core component of education. It informs teachers’ practice, helps students understand their learning, and supports policy-makers in their decision-making. We need specific, relevant information about student learning in areas beyond the 3Rs.
The learning environment has an impact on student success. To ensure that students succeed, we need to pay attention to the different ways they learn and the resources they need.
In order to be successful in school, students need competencies beyond the 3R's. However there can be a “competency gap” between students from high- and low- socio-economic status backgrounds in a number of these areas.
In December, Ontario's Auditor General reported that the funding formula for education is out-of-date and in need of a full, independent review.