Learning about and participating in the arts helps students to develop a range of competencies and skills—not just in creativity, but also in citizenship, social-emotional learning, and health.
of elementary schools have a specialist music teacher.
of schools with grades 7 and 8 have a specialist drama teacher.
of elementary schools
have no access to a music teacher.
Arts education research
Arts report 2017
This report is an excerpt from People for Education’s annual report on Ontario’s publicly funded schools 2017. It looks at the importance of arts education, and the availability of specialist arts teachers in Ontario.
Toronto’s art school students mostly white, from high-income families, study finds
A new study from OISE find that students at Toronto's art school are predominantly white and from higher-income families, despite the TDSB being on of the most diverse school boards in North America.
Why are music rooms closing?
Over the last few years, the Ministry of Education has made substantial changes to education funding.
Arts education in Ontario’s schools 2016
Arts education plays a vital role in student engagement, achievement, and well-being. It also helps students develop a range of skills and competencies – not just in creativity, but also in citizenship, social-emotional learning, and…
Arts report 2016
This report is an excerpt from People for Education’s 2016 annual report on Ontario’s publicly funded schools.
Progression in creativity: Developing new forms of assessment
This research paper explores the possibility of creating an assessment framework for tracking the development of students' creativity in schools.
Arts education in the news
TDSB backs off bid to phase out specialty schools
Annie Kidder weighs in on the TDSB's controversial suggestion that specialty school programs should be phased out to create a more equitable TDSB.
New report highlights competing priorities in education
People for Education's annual report on Ontario’s schools shows decline in library staff and music teachers; improvements in Indigenous education.
Music teachers missing in Ontario schools
New data from People for Education show a significant decline in the percentage of elementary schools with specialist music teachers over the last decade.