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
Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Low-Income Communities
Paper from Pathways to Education raises serious concerns about a widening achievement gap as a result of school closures or a move to online learning for thousands of students. Report says it is vital to recognize that some homes – and students – are better equipped for individual learning that others.
Policy & Planning
Equity & Access
Documenting triage: Detailing the response of provinces and terriroties to emergency remote teaching
E-learning researchers compiled summaries of regional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Canadian eLearning report, partly based on the PFE Canada-wide COVID-19 Tracker, records when provinces and territories closed schools and what emergency learning looked like in spring 2020.Article
Pandemic-focused school fundraising goals threaten to widen inequalities
Education reporter Caroline Alphonso predicts fundraising for PPE could further widen existing inequities have and have-not schools. Ontario fundraising guidelines restrict certain purchases as concerned parents try to ensure student safety in returning to school.Article
Right to education: impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the right to education; concerns, challenges and opportunities
The report by the Special Rapportuer on the right to education points to the negative impact of the pandemic on education to the most vulnerable. In this submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the author recommends governments carry out local assessments to what led to these increased inequalities in the right to education and emphasized that distance learning is only a temporary solution.Article
When Proximity is a Problem: What Reopening Means for Schools and Childcare Centres
Schools employ thousands of education workers, and educate and care for hundreds of thousands of children and young people. This article by York Professor, Vidya Shah and CCPA researcher, Erika Shaker, outlines all the components that must be taken into consideration as we plan for re-opening.Article