The Next Big Thing on the OCDSB Agenda. Let’s Get It Right!

In a recent blog post, I argued that Ottawa schools are not as “user-friendly” as they should be – in other words, they are not always serving their target populations in an effective manner. Students and parents often find it difficult to navigate bureaucratic processes, due to a mix of “red tape” and inconsistent application … Continue reading The Next Big Thing on the OCDSB Agenda. Let’s Get It Right!

Four Questions Ottawa Citizens Should Ask Before Voting for Their New School Trustees

As we all know, 2018 is an election year in Ontario. At the municipal level, the citizens of Ottawa will be asked to vote for a Mayor, for a new batch of City Councillors, and for School Trustees in four different districts: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), Conseil des écoles … Continue reading Four Questions Ottawa Citizens Should Ask Before Voting for Their New School Trustees

Here’s a Basic Idea, Ontario: No. Child. Left. Behind.

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.

Help OCDSB Teachers Get the Training They Need

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

Education as a Driver of Regional Integration: Not in North America

(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

Higher Education in North America: In the Regional Village, All Education is Local

(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