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Alberta school lesson on oil sands prompts threats from parents amid sensitivity over industry’s image

In the News   |   December 11, 2019

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A Grade 4 lesson that included material critical of Alberta’s oil industry prompted a Facebook debate among parents that devolved into threats and prompted the school to call in the RCMP and cancel a holiday... read more

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Podcasts as teaching and learning tools

Research & Findings   |   December 11, 2019

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The popularity of podcasts is soaring, with U.S. statistics showing their number has grown from 550,000 to 750,000 over the past year alone. This month we present a selection of podcasts for teachers by teachers,... read more

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Canadian high school students among top performers in reading, according to new international ranking

In the News   |   December 3, 2019

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Canadian high school students are among the top performers in reading, according to a new international ranking that presents a stark contrast to the challenges faced in math. Still, the assessment, released Tuesday morning, revealed... read more

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From health lessons to removing outer bathroom doors, how educators are responding to vaping in schools

In the News   |   November 25, 2019

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In a bid to protect their lungs, principal Greg Kenyon is appealing to the stomachs of his high-school students, offering cafeteria credits in exchange for their vaping products. Since launching the buyback program this school... read more

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It’s a Canadian value for parents to help pay for their children’s university or college education

In the News   |   November 20, 2019

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If there’s a student debt problem in Canada, don’t blame parents. Postsecondary tuition fees have generally been rising faster than inflation in recent years, and the average grad who borrowed owes roughly $26,000 to $28,000.... read more

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How to deal with anxiety in the classroom

Research & Findings   |   November 15, 2019

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We are all living increasingly stressful lives and students are no exception. According to Psychology Today, linked below, we are experiencing more anxiety and stress-related diseases and disorders than ever, and this “stress epidemic appears... read more

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Ask me, ask me!

Cartoons   |   November 11, 2019

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Under Ontario's classroom cellphone ban, students can only use personal mobile devices for educational purposes, for health purposes, or for special needs.

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Royal Canadian Legion partners with Fortnite to teach military history for Remembrance Day

In the News   |   November 8, 2019

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Ahead of Remembrance Day, the Royal Canadian Legion hopes to teach children about the sacrifices men and women in this country have made in conflicts dating to the First World War with a game, one... read more

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French immersion causes two-tier school system, data show

In the News   |   November 7, 2019

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As parents increasingly choose French immersion, new data from one Ontario school board show that the program is creating a two-tiered system, with new Canadians, children from low-income families and students with special needs overrepresented... read more

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Goodbye F. Scott Fitzgerald, hello Rita Joe: Thunder Bay’s schools bring Indigenous stories into classes

In the News   |   October 29, 2019

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In a city facing tough questions about racism and reconciliation, educators hope new authors in the curriculum can offer different answers. Rather than read The Great Gatsby, students in John Power’s English class are studying something... read more

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Student groups contend with lower revenues under Ontario’s new opt-out fee policy

In the News   |   October 25, 2019

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Student groups are cutting services, slashing budgets and preparing for a years-long fight to maintain aspects of campus life affected by the Doug Ford government’s move to make some student fees optional. Most student organizations... read more

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When e-learning works best

Research & Findings   |   October 15, 2019

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This year, the Ontario Ministry of Education announced a new requirement for graduating from high school: four completed e-learning courses—three more than the other provinces using e-learning courses. Fears that this threatens the traditional role... read more

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Ontario education workers poised for full strike action on Oct. 7

In the News   |   October 3, 2019

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Note:  The strike was called off when a tentative agreement was reached on October 6, 2019. The union representing 55,000 custodians, secretaries and education-support workers at Ontario schools is threatening to strike on Monday if... read more

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Ontario to have 10,000 fewer teaching positions in public schools over next five years: FAO analysis

Articles of Interest   |   September 27, 2019

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Ontario will have 10,000 fewer teaching positions in its public schools over the next five years as a result of increases to class sizes announced by Doug Ford’s government, according to an analysis by the... read more

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Conservatives’ on-campus flyers maligning ‘left-wing’ professors anger academics, faculty representatives

In the News   |   September 13, 2019

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The Conservative Party is distributing flyers that suggest university professors are agents of left-wing indoctrination. The party flyers were spotted on the York University campus in Toronto this week. The flyers bear an image of... read more

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