Expert knowledge and dialogue on the why, what and how of educational change is vital as we reflect on current events. Public education is a cornerstone of social change and more needs to be understood to drive future considerations for policy change. We will host regularly updated resources with informed perspectives, research, evidence, and spotlights on innovative approaches to education policy, planning, equity and rights.
Education Resources for our Public Education Future
COVID-19: Provinces must respect children's rights to education whether or not schools reopen in September
As a nation that has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Children, Ottawa professor of law, Anne Levesque, writes that Canada has a legal obligation to offer quality education to its children. She notes that Ontario must prove all other options were considered before this right is violated. Online and part-time education in insufficient, she writes.
Policy & Planning
Equity & Access
UPDATED COVID-19: Guidance for school reopening
Pediatric doctors and infectious disease experts from SickKids and other health institutions provide recommendations for the return to school. The report recommends resuming daily school, but says that for schools to “effectively carry out [their] mission will depend in part on the resources made available to the schools.” According to the report this includes staff like health-care providers, additional custodians and cleaning staff, and an expanded number to teachers, guidance counsellors, social workers, psychologists.Article
The crisis has amplified differences in families’ capacities to support children
Annie Kidder argues that it is time to address the “human crisis” with the same kinds of resources that were put in place to address the economic crisis caused by COVID. It will require funding and cooperation from multiple levels of government.Article
“It may be that I never go back to the grading system”
In this Vox article, five US teachers share how they are supporting their students with learning remotely in K-12 and post-secondary classes. They share the importance of connectedness and mental health, and discuss the tension between equity and grading.Article
Redefining Risk: Human Rights and Elementary School Factors Predicting Post-Secondary Access
Education researchers look at the factors in elementary school that influence student pathways to postsecondary education. Using data from the Toronto District School Board, the authors found that organizational factors, such as suspension and classes missed in grad 4, are predictors of whether students are accepted into postsecondary education.Article
Raising and Teaching Anti-Racist Kids
OISE Library provides a list of resources for parents and educators to talk to children about race and racism. The resources include Canadian titles that can educate children for antiracism and for Black Lives. This is a complement to UofT’s Libraries Anti-Black Racism Reading List.Article