Fundraising in public education:
The power of data collection
Faculty of Education Summer Institute, York University
The Faculty of Education Summer Institute is hosted by York University each summer to bring together students, communities, School Boards and the Ontario Ministry of Education. The purpose of the conference is to exchange ideas about how to best meet the educational needs, interests and aspirations of young people and mobilize knowledge towards systemic change in education.
Our belief is that a variety of stakeholders must contribute to this dialogue in meaningful and powerful ways to ensure that collective knowledge is generated and mobilized, resulting in significant systemic changes for all students. – FESI website
Fundraising in public education: The power of data collection
People for Education has been collecting data about Ontario public schools for over two decades. The data has shown that disparities in fundraising can widen the gaps between the learning opportunities experienced by children from high- and low-socio-economic families. This work has led to the implementation of fundraising guidelines by the province. In this workshop, Christine Schandl unpacked the challenges and opportunities of collecting and reporting on demographic-linked data through the example of fundraising in public schools. Schandl also discussed how educational organizations can use data to engage the public, hold institutions to account, and change public policy.