We provide research and evidence to support an ongoing dialogue about the value, purpose, and future of public education.
We publish reports based on our primary research, including the Annual Ontario School Survey.
In our articles, we synthesize the latest news and research - connecting the dots between public education and public good.
We present our research findings at local and international conferences for education practitioners and researchers.
We make policy submissions in response to government consultations and provide evidence-based policy analysis.
We have been tracking the resources and programs in Ontario’s schools for over 20 years. Over 1200 schools participate each year.
Working with experts, we have developed a set of key competencies in the areas of creativity, citizenship, social-emotional learning, and health.
Conference 2018 highlights
Our conference brings together parents, students, educators, researchers, school boards, and ministry staff to connect with and learn from each other. This year, we explored the role of public education in creating a better world.
In a time of rapid social and economic change, well-resourced schools are more important than ever. Results from the 2019 Annual Ontario School Survey show the impact when policy change is supported by resources and coherent direction. The report raises concerns about the province’s plans to modernize education while simultaneously reducing funding for teachers and other vital supports in schools.Read the report version française Support our research
Our response to Ontario's recent education consultation
In the fall of 2018, Ontario’s Ministry of Education engaged in province-wide consultations on a range of issues. Our response focused on three areas: standardized testing; preparing students for the future; and the health curriculum.
"I believe research is a team sport. It’s not something you do by yourself at a desk, crunching numbers. I look forward to connecting with you as I start my journey with People for Education."
If education were the stock market, everyone would want to invest. Investors are happy these days if their stocks give them a return of 5% a year. In public education, the return is double that!
Annie Kidder shares some of the highlights from the ICSEI conference, and talks about the need to close the gaps between evidence, policy, and practice in education.
Christine Schandl, People for Education’s Research Manager, talks about what she learned at our annual conference from Magdalena Janus and Lois Mahon, two leading experts on Early Childhood Education.
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed January 24th as International Day of Education.
Thank you for this excellent and timely report. The inequities you highlight are an important issue that we're wrestling with and the report helps us to have more informed discussions.
- School board trustee
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