A motion regarding tiered interventions in supporting students, and teachers' professional development in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) passed at the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) meeting on Dec. 13, 2017. The motion was introduced by the Association for Bright Children of Ontario (Dragos Popa) and the Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton (Michael Bates). … Continue reading OCDSB UPDATE: Motion Regarding Support for Students and Teachers’ Professional Development
Consider this simple (and all too common) scenario: Noah is a smart kid, interested in a range of subjects, and happy to share his passions and newly discovered knowledge with his friends. His main problem is that, every weekday, he goes to his neighbourhood public school and he is bored, feels unengaged, and - occasionally … Continue reading Here’s a Basic Idea, Ontario: No. Child. Left. Behind.
It is anticipated that, in Winter 2017-2018, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s (OCDSB) Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will debate a motion asking for better funding for professional development (PD) relating to special education programs and services. There are many great reasons why OCDSB teachers (and by extension students and the community at large) would … Continue reading Help OCDSB Teachers Get the Training They Need
(1) Hundreds of thousands of young people choose Canada as their preferred international study destination each year (2) Countless academic specializations at world-renowned universities (3) Internationally recognized degrees and qualifications (4) World-class quality of education and research (5) Highly qualified faculty members and access to high-tech facilities (6) Opportunity to study and work in English, … Continue reading Top 20 Reasons to Study in Canada
(Re-posted from Parallel 49 Education) “Education should be the foundation of a North American community,” US academic Robert Pastor argues in his book “The North American Idea” (2011). This is a proposition that he presents in several of his publications: acknowledging that North America is still a loosely structured construct, the educational sector would present … Continue reading Education as a Driver of Regional Integration: Not in North America
(Re-posted from Parallel 49 Education) China is by far the leading country of origin for international students in Canada. It has kept this position for over a decade – and the gap between China and the countries on the 2nd and 3rd place (South Korea and the United States, respectively) keeps growing. In 2004, Chinese … Continue reading China: Canada’s Strategic Educational Partner
(Re-posted from Parallel 49 Education) I recently reviewed three books on North American affairs, two on Canada-US, the other one on Canada-Mexico relations: “Doing the Continental: A New North American Relationship” (Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press, 2010) was written by David Dyment, an Ottawa-based academic, with a foreword by Bob Rae, currently interim leader of the … Continue reading Higher Education in North America: In the Regional Village, All Education is Local