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Strengthening or surviving education in Ontario’s rural communities

The Ministry’s discussion paper, Supporting Students and Communities: A Discussion Paper to Strengthen Education in Ontario’s Rural and Remote Communities [pdf] is expected “to  guide our digital and in-person discussions based on the following questions:

  1. What are the opportunities for school boards to share space in your area? How can the provincial government and school boards support that?
  2. How can we ensure that the impact of schools on local communities is given full consideration?
  3. How can we best recognize the unique funding needs of rural and remote areas?”

The guide includes sections on: the sustainable use of school space in rural communities; the school as a community hub; sharing spaces; school closures; supporting quality education across the province.

See also the consultation page and news release.

Check it out! Rowan

April 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

Ministry announces public consultations on improving rural schools

From today’s Ministry news release titled  Ontario Seeking Public Input on Strengthening Rural Education: Consultations Taking Place in Communities Across Ontario.

“Ontario is seeking input from parents, teachers and community leaders as part of a provincewide engagement on improving education in rural and remote communities.

People are invited to share ideas about how the province can provide students with quality education programming, and make the best use of school space and public resources. Ontario is committed to supporting new opportunities to enhance education in rural and remote communities, and recognizes the value that schools bring to students and their communities as a whole.

People in Ontario can get involved by:

Check it out! Rowan

April 21, 2017 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

EduGains: Twitter Chat on effective strategies for ELLS

From Edugains:

Welcome to the @ELLontario twitter chat. It is a learning tool that will inspire educators of English language learners (ELLs) through the sharing of innovative ideas and strategies that support their students.  Join us for our next twitter chat on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30-8:30 pm EST. The hashtag, #ELLontario will allow you to connect and engage with educators on the topic of Effective Strategies to Support ELLs.

ELL Twitter Chat - April, 2017

April 21, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Stay current with Mathies on EduGains Math

Announced by EduGains Math : 

Catch a Bouncing Ball Operations game, Colour Tiles and the Set Tool are available as desktop and from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.  Rekenrek, Relational Rods+ and Notepad are now available in French. Annotation Tools has been updated to include the ability to copy annotation objects.


April 21, 2017 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Education one way to prevent violent extremism

Bleak topic tho’ this be, in classrooms discussing global and controversial issues (with massive media presence and fake news), you may find the following 2 UNESCO resources to be useful.

Preventing violent extremism through Education: A guide for Policy-Makers (2017, 75 pages) and includes 4 sections:

  1. Understanding violent extremism
  2. Acton areas
  3. Modalities of implementation
  4. FAQs

The following diagram is from page 26:










The second document is titled  Teacher’s Guide on the Prevention of Violent Extremism, (2016, 47 pages) and includes 3 sections:

  1. About violent extremism
  2. Managing the classroom discussion
  3. Key messages to deliver

Check ’em out! Rowan



April 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

TDSB Earl Haig’s ‘story’ featured on EQAO improved math scores

From the EQAO website: “EQAO recognizes seven secondary schools that have effectively used EQAO data to institute programs and strategies that help Grade 9 students in applied math improve their performance. Congratulations on developing effective math strategies informed by EQAO data!”

TDSB’s Earl Haig’s Secondary School is one of the seven schools featured. Check it out and discover what initiatives were identified as playing a role in improved scores.


April 20, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Ministry funds reading & spec ed project in selected schools

Today the Ministry announced “Ontario Providing More Support for Students with Learning Disabilities: Innovative Pilot Programs Underway in Schools Across the Province

Selected from the news release:

  • “Ontario is launching eight pilot projects to provide more reading support for students with learning disabilities, with participating schools in Cambridge, London, Sudbury and Windsor.”
  • “These projects are intended to help students with learning disabilities get the support they need closer to home, and improve their reading skills.”
  • “The pilots are supported by a research team and are intended to strengthen school boards’ capacity to provide more support for students without having to leave their community. This team will provide input and guidance on how best to share the knowledge gained from the pilots with other school boards across Ontario.”


April 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

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