Report by troubleshooter Margaret Wilson, citing a ‘culture of fear, orders Toronto trustees to stop meddling in everyday operations.
After watching Canada’s largest school board wallow in dysfunction for years, Queen’s Park has ordered Toronto trustees to stop meddling in everyday operations — no more interfering with principals, no more treating schools as personal “fiefdoms,” no more private offices at board headquarters — in a bid to ease the “culture of fear” cited by troubleshooter Margaret Wilson in a report released Thursday.
Sandals also ordered the board to drop education director Donna Quan’s salary to $272,000 from $289,000 because it violates the province’s wage freeze, even though trustees voted earlier this week to leave it unchanged.
A new paper from Bruce Ferguson (SickKids) and Keith Power (Memorial University), shows that strong mental and physical health programs in schools have broad and long-lasting individual, social and economic impacts. But they say that despite the evidence, comprehensive school health programs are rarely implemented and are often squeezed out by other priorities.
Ferguson and Powers review a wide range of programs and measurement tools and their findings provide strong support for broader measures of success that include physical and mental health.
In the 1970's and 80's, the vast majority (more than 80%) of 18 to 24-year-olds voted in federal elections. In 2011, only 39% voted.
In a new paper released this week, University of New Brunswick professor Alan Sears argues that the "weak and fragmented" state of citizenship education in our schools may be one of the reasons for the plummeting voter rate. He says that developing clearer goals and success measures for citizenship education would help to turn around growing citizen disengagement among young people.
Citizenship is one of five new domains that People for Education is proposing should be added to broader goals and measures for our public schools.
People for Education is excited to have two new papers to add to our Measuring What Matters initiative. And in the New Year we're taking Measuring What Matters on the road - presenting at conferences in Cincinnati and Chicago, an international UNESCO/Brookings Institute conference in Kigali, Rwanda, and closer to home, in Ottawa and Toronto.
This is an interesting high-tech tool, for teacher with some time to spend. ClassDojo is a tool to track children exhibiting particular behaviours. The teacher agrees to track certain behaviours, and reinforces the student when this behaviour is demonstrated.
Some say that the 'carrot and stick' mode of behaviour management is outmoded, but I disagree. This type of method tracks kids behaviour numerically. Unfortunately, some are using it to track negative behaviours, or deducting points for inappropriate behaviour.
This isn't the best method, in my experience, for improving behaviour in students who are working on their classroom self-control. I've used a fair number of tracking methods, but only for kids who need it. This seems humiliating if you have to be public about it.
There are privacy concerns about this tool, as parents can have access to the tracking system results. How humiliating to watch a kid having to walk up to a large SmartBoard and deduct a point.
There are some potential issues around the personal data collected and third party tools.
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An educator, leader and lifelong learner, Jennifer is an avid reader, writer
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in education and health care. This has helped her negotiate with medical staff
while advocating for her parents. She have served on several Boards of Directors. She holds
a degree in Early Childhood Education, also, a B.Ed. and an M.Ed. in Curriculum
and Technology, with experience teaching students from Junior Kindergarten to
grade 8, and a Special Education Specialist, she worked with many special needs
students. She has delivered workshops to peers, and lectured on a part time
basis at the University of Ottawa to student teachers.