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Ontario Autism Coalition releases report

Yesterday, the Ontario Autism Coalition (OAC)  released a new report  titled A New Horizon [pdf]

From their web page:

The OAC’s top five recommendations call upon the Ministry of Education to:

  1. Increase and improve training in special education for teacher candidates;
  2. Revise PPM 140 and enforce its application;
  3. Reform education funding with a focus on a needs-based approach to special education funding and more accountability for money transferred to school boards;
  4. Allocate funding to hire more EA’s and to deliver more extensive training in Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) for all those who work with autistic students; and
  5. Establish a Demonstration School and/or a Provincial School for students with autism.

For additional media about this see: Toronto Star  Advocacy group calls for better autism supports in schools

Also Ministry news release: Ontario Preserving Autism Supports and Child Care Spaces in Etobicoke and North York

Check it out! Rowan

April 5, 2017 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

OPHEA: First Nations Inspired Daily Physical Activities

From OPHEA‘ s December 201 6 newsletter:

Ophea’s First Nations Inspired Daily Physical Activities (DPA) resource makes it easy and fun to incorporate DPA into school or community programs for primary, junior and intermediate students (ages 5-14). This free resource was developed in consultation with First Nations educators and includes 30 activity cards and related support materials that incorporate First Nations culture and traditions, as well as Ophea’s 50 Fitness Activities and Stretching Guide.

Access First Nations Inspired DPA resource!

The OPHEA website includes many additional resources supporting fitness and health.

Check it out! Rowan

January 3, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

People for Education: What matters in indigenous education

People for Education has released a paper titled What Matters in Indigenous Education: Implementing a vision committed to holism, diversity and engagement, by Pamela Rose Toulouse.

From pages 1-2:

This paper, What Matters In Indigenous Education: Implementing A Vision Committed To Holism, Diversity And Engagement, explores an Indigenous approach to quality learning environments and relevant competencies/skills. It focuses on select work from People for Education and draws out the research, concepts and themes that align with Indigenous determinants of educational success. This paper also expands on this work by offering perspectives and FIGURE 1.0 Holistic Model of Balance in Living a Good Life Note: This model is an example of the Indigenous concepts that matter and extend beyond current student success measures in education. SPIRITUAL PHYSICAL INTELLECTUAL EMOTIONAL WHAT MATTERS IN INDIGENOUS EDUCATION PEOPLE FOR EDUCATION – MEASURING WHAT MATTERS 2 insights that are Indigenous and authentic in nature. The three sections that frame and further develop this textual/symbolic journey are:

  • Section One: Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Pedagogy And Educational Interconnections
  • Section Two: Reflections On The Four Domains And Their Proposed Competencies And Skills
  • Section Three: Embracing Indigenous Worldview And Quality Learning Environments

For more information see the People for Education Indigenous Education page.


Toulouse, P. (2016). What Matters in Indigenous Education: Implementing a Vision Committed to Holism, Diversity and Engagement. In Measuring What Matters, People for Education. Toronto: March, 2016.

April 20, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

More on Ontario and importance of numeracy skills

In furtherance of the April 12 blog about an organization  and the Ontario philosophy behind current teaching mathematics practices, today’s Toronto Star includes an op ed by Graham Orpwood and Emily Brown titled “The importanct of closing our numeracy gap” (page A13 of the print edition).

Selected from today’s Star (online):

“Evidence has been mounting for a number of years that many Ontarians, both children and adults, are lacking basic levels of numeracy. This difference — between necessary numeracy and actual numeracy — is the numeracy gap, a gap that needs understanding, explaining and most important of all, closing.”

“Numeracy is related to mathematics but is not exactly the same thing. Where mathematics is abstract, numeracy is concrete. Where mathematics is about conceptual knowledge and procedural skill, numeracy is about using these to solve practical problems. Where mathematics education is about obtaining correct answers to simplified problems, acquiring numeracy is about fluency and confidence in grappling with real-world and often open-ended problems. Numeracy is, in summary, the ability and the confidence to use mathematical knowledge and skills in concrete real-world situations.”

“Ontario should adopt and then act on these two principles:

  • Everyone can be numerate as well as literate.
  • Everyone needs to be numerate as well as literate to function fully in the 21st century.

A campaign to change public attitudes to align with these principles is a foundation for closing the numeracy gap. Along with this public awareness campaign, a Provincial Roundtable on Numeracy is required to develop a comprehensive strategy for closing the numeracy gap and to advise on its implementation.”

Go to the site for more information about the proposed roundtable.

Check it out!


April 18, 2016 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

Ontario math education is in the news

Today, the Economics Club of Canada is hosting a lunch & panel discussion titled Closing the Numeracy Gap: Maintaining Ontario’s Prosperity Demands Reversing Our Decline in Numeracy, the panelists including: Ann Sado, Don Drummond, and Gerry Connelly (former director of TDSB).

Today’s Star (print edition) includes an article titled Math Failing to Make the Grade (Louise Brown, pp GT 1, 3) which discusses a report by Graham Orpwood and Emily Sandford Brown titled Closing the Numeracy Gap: An urgent assignment for Ontario. (Oct 2015, executive summary and full report)

From the preface (p. i) of the full report:

“Numeracy is an essential skill for life and work in the 21st century and beyond, and the Ontario economy will not develop as it could if levels of numeracy continue to decline. We argue here that a “gap” has emerged between the numeracy needs and abilities of Ontarians, a gap that urgently requires closing. The schools have an important part to play, of course, but they cannot do the job alone. Society must demand that the government make the structural and policy changes required. We offer this paper both as an indication of possible and practical ways forward and as an appeal for action.”

Go here for the website and write/post a message to  Kathleen Wynne (the Premier of Ontario), Liz Sandals (Minister of Education), and Reza Moridi (Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities) requesting a roundtable on numeracy – “The proposed roundtable is the first step to researching and recommending concrete actions. It must include all four stakeholders: parents, educators, businesses and government, and be mandated to set Ontario on a newly competitive course. A five-year plan needs to be developed with actionable, measurable steps.

Blog article announcing April 4  Ministry news release on investment in math.

Check ’em out!



April 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm 1 comment

Change at Curriculum Services Canada website

Curriculum Services Canada has changed, and it is very different from before. You can still use CSC to access some resources primarily their FSL project, but many of the old projects, and links to Literacy Numeracy Secretariat videos have disappeared.  They seem to be in the process of reinventing themselves, see their Learnography page .. I think that time will tell if this is successful.

For the classroom teacher,  here are three sites supporting the Ontario Education and Resources:

EduGAINS  Bookmarking this site is highly recommended!

EduGAINS is the portal to resources developed and provided through the Ministry of Education and focused on learning – student learning, educator learning, and researcher learning about student and teacher learning. This site is for all teachers, Kindergarten to Grade 12. In addition to literacy and numeracy, subjects include assessment, curriculum, differentiated instruction, ELL, financial literacy, international languages, kindergarten, professional learning cycles, science, technology. Includes links to Ministry documents, resources, web casts, policies.

LearnTeachLead Bookmarking this site is highly recommended!

The Student Achievement Division develops and supports policies, programs and resources related to student learning and achievement K–12. Includes links to Ministry documents, resources, web casts, policies.

Ontario Ministry of Education 

The Ministry of Education administers the system of publicly funded elementary and secondary school education in Ontario, in accordance with the directions set by the provincial government. The site includes links to publications, research and reports, news releases, Trillium textbook list list, etc. Here are links to some key Ministry articles, monographs, curriculum documents etc

There are other sites, but these would be the top 3. Check ’em out!


December 7, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

EQAO releases Gr. 9 2014-2015 math scores and OSSLT (Gr 10 literacy) results

EQAO has released the results of the Grade 9 Math and Grade 10 literacy (OSSLT) provincial testing for 2014-2015. All of the links below (EQAO and TDSB) take you to pages where there are additional documents, videos, links and information.

EQAO Math results : Note that  for 2014-2015 Results: Provincial results for EQAO’s 2014–2015 Grade 9 math assessment for the English-language school system are not available. Due to labour disruptions, not all schools in that system participated.

TDSB has published its math results in this News Release,  based information released by the TDSB Research Centre.

Academic Mathematics Results:  Over the past five years (2010-11 to 2014-15), the percentage of Grade 9 students who performed at or above the provincial standard (Levels 3 and 4) increased 1% in Academic Mathematics (81% to 82%).

Applied Mathematics Results : Over the past five years (2010-11 to 2014-15), the percentage of Grade 9 students who performed at or above the provincial standard increased 4% in Applied Mathematics (30% to 34%).

See the EQAO OSSLT results: From the pdf: 

This group of students represents all the students in Ontario who wrote the OSSLT for the first time in 2015.

  • 82% were successful.
  • 18% were not.

One of the things we know about the Grade 10 students who are unsuccessful on the OSSLT is that the majority also had not met the literacy standard when they were in Grade 6.

This means that for most of these students, their EQAO results four years earlier were a red flag that they were struggling with their literacy skills.

While it’s encouraging that the percentage of students meeting the reading standard in Grade 6 has been steadily increasing for many years, new strategies are needed to support students who do not meet the standard so they can turn their literacy struggles around by Grade 10.

Check it out!


October 29, 2015 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

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