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
Childcare and Education Vital to Post Economic Recovery
Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem points to childcare and education as vital to a post-COVID economic recovery, as they’ll support the enhanced digital needs and undo the disproportionate impacts wrought by the pandemic. With school and childcare closures forcing many women to leave the workforce, investments making childcare more affordable and available will turn this female labour force participation drop into an economic aberration, not a permanent reduction. The governor also notes COVID’s mass digital innovations makes K-12 and post-secondary systems sharpening the digital competencies of their students critical.
Policy & Planning
Equity & Access
The changes we need: Education post COVID-19
This article by Yong Zhao and Jim Watterson addresses the changes to education that are needed after the COVID-19 pandemic, and the potential problems caused by changes the pandemic necessitated. It specifically advocates for developmental, personalized education that capitalizes on the best aspects of synchronous and asynchronous education.Article
After Covid, will digital learning be the new normal?
This article from The Guardian looks at how the move to digital learning might leave a permanent mark on education. It discusses its challenges, such as the growing digital divide and the privatization of education by tech companies, while considering its benefits as a more flexible and personalized learning environment.Article
The importance of investing in the wellbeing of children to avert the learning crisis
This UNESCO report highlights COVID’s historic education disruption threatens to turn into a generational catastrophe without investments in school-based health and nutrition supports. It notes how schools provide hot meals, well-being literacy, and sexual health services — particularly to marginalized youth. Such health interventions reduce sickness-induced abseetiniseem and improve test scores.Article
TDSB report shines a light on human rights gaps
In its groundbreaking Human Rights Report, the Toronto District School Board – the fourth largest board in North America – uses data from a range of sources to paint a picture of long-standing inequities and the impacts of systemic racism. The report includes a commitment to creating a culture where Human Rights moves towards a greater focus on “education, understanding and system transformation.”Article
TDSB Releases Results of Stadd, Student and Parent/Guardian Surveys
A TDSB survey of its parents, students and staff has found varying views on in-school protection from COVID, and significant well-being struggles. Over 80% of families felt protected from COVID at school, while 20% of staff concurred. 60% of students reported high anxiety, while 70% of staff have experienced burnout.Article
TDSB human rights report says anti-Black racism involved in ‘overwhelming’ majority of hate incidents
Toronto Star article on rising reports of racism, especially anti-Black racism, within the school board. The TDSB launched a review which has been compiled into the Human Rights Annual Report 2018-2020. The report further documents an alarming rise in recorded instances of homophobia and anti-Semitism.Article