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2 reports on teacher professional learning in Canada

Stephanie Hirsch’s has written an item on the Learning Forward blog site titled  A glimpse into Canada’s practices helps us examine our own.

Selected from the blog: 

“Learning Forward recently commissioned and supported a study on the state of professional learning in Canada. You can read about the study as well as the reports and papers resulting from it in the February 2017 issue of The Learning Professional.”

“Canada figures prominently in another study. The school system in British Columbia was highlighted in Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systemsthe 2016 report from the National Center on Education and the Economy that examines teacher professional learning in four high-performing systems and provides evidence that continuous professional learning deeply embedded into the framework of schools is fundamental to student success. [Click here to access resources to help educators explore the findings in the Beyond PD study and consider implications for policy and practice.]”

Totally check ’em out! Rowan

March 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

ParticipACTION developed 24-hour movement guidelines for all ages

ParticipACTION is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to help Canadians sit less and move more. They have released their  2016 report card on physical activity levels for children and youth, titled Are Canadian Kids too Tired to Sleep? [Highlights, Full Report]

From the Highlights document; “kids aren’t moving enough to be tired, and they may also be too tired to move. A groundswell of interest in the connection between these behaviours is highlighting the fact that sleep deprivation is a problem in Canadian kids” (p. 2).

To fix this problem, ParticpACTION has created the first ever Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep. A healthy 24 hours includes the right balance of: sweat, step, sleep, & sit. Guidelines are divided into the following age ranges: 0-4, 5-17, 18-64, and 65+. This page includes, amongst other information, a list of healthy sleep habits and ideas for parents on how to reduce sedentary time such as, creating a television watching or computer use schedule to keep track of screen time

Check it out! And while you are there, take a look at the PartipACTION 150 Playlist  (n celebration of Canada’s 150 sesqui) where they have “150 activities that define our land and people – from sledge hockey to lacrosse to snow shoveling and more. So get out there, try as many as you can, track your activities online and earn chances to win great prizes!”



January 18, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

#OnThisDay in Canada’s History

Check out the #OnThisDay site offered by Library and Archives Canada which you can follow  on social media. Great for trivia buffs (get that going in your Canadian history class) and Canada 150 celebrations.

#OnThisDay … in Canada’s history! On this page, you’ll discover significant events that shaped our society. Subscribe to Library and Archives Canada’s Facebook and Twitter pages or use the #Canada150 and #OnThisDay hashtags for today-in-history vignettes. Above all, join the conversation as we share 150 years of history, one day at a time!

Check it out! Rowan

January 17, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Fullan & Hargreaves: Bringing the Profession Back In

This is a thought provoking, passionate article – great to launch into the holiday break. Check this out!

Fullan, M. & Hargreaves, A. (2016). Bringing the profession back in: Call to action. Oxford, OH: Learning Forward.

From page 2 :    “The essence of our argument is that PLD, carefully defined, is at the heart of an effective and continuously growing teaching profession and, in turn, the best visions and versions of it are rooted firmly in a system culture of collaborative professionalism that cultivates individual and collective efficacy. Becoming a teacher is about moral purpose. It is about teachers’ commitment to an agenda focused on equity and making a positive difference to children’s lives. Enhancing the role of teachers individually and collectively in learning to lead the development of practice must be deeply rooted in a learning culture.”

  • Page 21 describes actions for teachers
  • Page 22 describes actions for systems
  • page 23 describes actions for Canada

Happy Holidays everyone, Rowan

December 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Project Bookmark Canada


Project Bookmark Canada [a nationally registered charity] exists to mark our stories in our spaces, by placing fiction and poetry in the exact Canadian locations where literary scenes are set.” How is it marked? A poster sized plaque is placed in situ with up to 500 words from a story or poem.

On September 29 2016, a plaque honoring Dennis Lee’s book The Cat and the Wizard (illustrated by Gillian Johnson) was unveiled at Casa Loma – #17 on the literary trail across Canada. Checkout the site to discover other sites in Toronto, and across Canada.

You can suggest a book 

“Bookmarks must be from a work of fiction or poetry, published in book form by a recognized publishing company or organization.

The Bookmarked excerpt must be set in an actual and identified location. The reader must be able to stand in the place where the characters or narrators stand in the story. The site can be named in the Bookmarked passage or at some other point in the overall work. 

A Bookmarked passage may be up to 500 words and should be effective as an excerpt—but it should also make you wonder what came before and what comes next, encouraging readers of the Bookmark to become readers of the book.”

Very cool idea, and could be used in so many ways in classrooms. Check it out! Rowan

October 13, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Canada’s Virtual Gramaphone

How cool is this? Check out the Virtual Gramaphone: Canadian Historical Sound Recordings  on the Library and Archives Canada site.

Virtual Gramophone is a multimedia website devoted to the early days of Canadian recorded sound, providing an overview of the 78-rpm era in Canada. The database contains information for 78-rpm and cylinder recordings released in Canada from 1900 to 1950, as well as foreign recordings featuring Canadian artists and/or compositions.

Selected audio recordings are available in mp3 and Real-Audio formats. The recordings include:

  • First World War era military bands and popular music
  • Recordings from the vaudeville era of the 1920s
  • The music and entertainment scene in Quebec in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Orchestral, instrumental and religious music
  • Opera recordings by Canadian singers

Check it out!



August 2, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Unicef report shows Canada’s disadvantaged children’s well-being needs improving

UNICEF Report Card 13: Fairness for Children, released in 2016, measures the depths of inequality in children’s well-being across the richest countries.

The UNICEF Index of Child Inequality reveals how far rich countries allow their most disadvantaged children to fall behind the ‘average’ child in aspects of health, education, income, and life satisfaction. 

From the April 14 press release:  Fairness for Children Key Findings:

  •  Overall, Canada ranks 26 th out of 35 rich nations, putting it at the back of the pack.
  • Most areas of child well-being showed no improvement in Canada over the last decade.
  • The widest gaps between those at the middle and those at the bottom were in the levels of income inequality and unhealthy eating.
  • Of the 41 most affluent countries, Canada ranks 24th in the level of income inequality. The poorest children in Canada have family incomes 53 per cent lower than the average child.
  • Inequality in health symptoms increased for Canada’s children and in most rich countries. Canada ranks 24 of 35 countries for health inequality. However, inequality in physical activity and in healthy eating of fruits and vegetables in Canada remained stable and the gaps are smaller than in many countries.
  • In Canada, nine per cent of children reported very low life satisfaction, more than the average among rich countries.
  • One quarter of Canada’s kids report daily symptoms of poor health – can’t sleep, feeling sick or anxious. This is usually linked to difficulties with peers, at school or at home. Feeling that way on a daily basis interferes with learning, with relationships, with long-term health and risk behaviours like bullying and drug use.
  • Canada ranks 14th out of 37 countries in the level of education inequality.
  • Canada ranks 25th out of 35 countries in the level of life satisfaction inequality.

See also: Canadian Companion  and Canadian Infographic See what steps UNICEF offers to improve the situation.

Check it out!


April 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

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