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Reading our way into well-being

The National Reading Campaign is hosting a policy symposium, Making Change in Schools and Society: Reading our way into well-being, on February 5. The symposium will bring together policy makers, educators, researchers, library specialists and community advocates to explore the ways in which reading for pleasure can be enhanced in Canadian schools. How can we ensure that students have the opportunity to experience the joy of reading?

To read more, click here.

Government consultations focus on skills/job preparation

As part of the government’s overall focus on jobs and the economy, the Premier has appointed an expert panel to develop a strategy for ensuring that Ontario has the highly-skilled workforce it needs to be competitive in today’s economy.

The Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel and a provincial consultation onexperiential learning in Kindergarten to Grade 12, will focus on the skills and competencies that will prepare young people for future jobs.

  • Do you think K–12 and post-secondary students are being prepared appropriately to work in a knowledge-based economy? Contact the panel
  • Do you have ideas about how to provide more experiential learning for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12? Click here to read more.
  • Do you think the province should articulate broader goals for kindergarten to grade 12 education that include skills for work and the competencies and conditions that prepare students to live happy, healthy, economically secure, civically engaged lives? Find out more at Measuring What Matters.

May, 2016 is the deadline for feedback.

What’s new on the website

Have you visited People for Education’s website lately? It is a great place to start if you are looking for education information, including:

Don’t forget to visit our Measuring What Matters micro-site to get the latest updates on the project and add your comments.

Social media this week

What people are talking about…

As US schools falter, Trump rises. Coincidence? Column says People for Education’s Measuring What Matters initiative vital.

How to be a better parent. 4 secrets backed by research.

School hockey program in Northern Ontario helps keep kids in class / out of trouble.

Top 10 skills for jobs are all life skills, according to World Economic Forum.

Trent U is offering a new Indigenous Bachelor of Education degree program.

Column says schools cannot, on their own, compensate for uneven educational playing field caused by child poverty

15-country research initiative (including People for Education) looks for effective ways to measure broad areas of student learning.

When students took to social media to complain about the lack of a ‘snow day’, school boards were quick (and funny!) in their responses.

To keep up to date on all the latest social media news, check out our Facebookpage or follow us on twitter: @peoplefored, @anniekidder, @jacquistrachan.


Feb 6 –

The Thames Valley Parent Involvement Committee is hosting a symposium for parents. This year’s theme is “Building Parent Engagement Together”. 

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Feb 17 – Toronto

Join Les Tablettistes, a bilingual forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas, for an exploration of the challenges and opportunities for the future in a digital world.

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Feb 18-19 – Toronto

Reading for the Love of It is an annual language arts and literacy conference held in Toronto. In 2016 the organization is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Read more

Feb 26 – Toronto

The Canadian Safe Schools Network is hosting its 19th Annual Safe Schools conference, with workshops on fostering and promoting student wellness. 

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