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06/16/17

Summer reading choices

Your summer break may be the ideal time for you to delve into some of the latest books on curriculum, instruction, and assessment and grading. The titles that are highlighted here are just a few of the many exciting materials… +Read More
03/16/17

Preparing global citizens

Daily media stories about global issues such as severe weather, famines, ongoing wars and rising extremism, shifting patterns of migration and the plight of refugees, and globalization and its impact on social, political and economic structures are a constant reminder that we need to prepare students to be citizens of an increasingly interdependent and complex world. The December 2016/January 2017 issue of Educational Leadership, on the theme of the global-ready student, features articles on topics such as online collaboration and... +Read More
02/15/17

Perspectives on the sesquicentennial

Can 50 years really have elapsed since Canadians celebrated the 100th anniversary of Confederation? Those of us who were around then remember well Expo 67 and Bobby Gimby’s Canada song, as well as school projects and community events geared to the centennial. Canada’s sesquicentennial provides us with many opportunities to reflect on the past, celebrate accomplishments, confront injustices and oppression, and take action towards a better future for all Canadians. Published with upper elementary and middle years students in mind,... +Read More
12/07/16

Addressing barriers to equity

The November 2016 issue of Educational Leadership, on the theme of disrupting inequity, gives a powerful overview of the many barriers that can create opportunity gaps for students. Feature articles such as Unconscious Bias: When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough, by Sarah
E. Fiarman, Let’s Talk About Racism in Schools, by
Rick Wormeli, Gender Insights Coming to Your Classroom, by David Sadker and Melissa Koch, and The Schools Transgender Students Need, by Ellen Kahn, provide strategies that educators can use to foster equity... +Read More
11/09/16

Innovation in the classroom

One need only read the articles in this publication, scan ThisIsTheClassroom.ca or tune in to any variety of media to see the countless ways that educators are innovators in their classrooms and schools. Their purpose is to improve learning for the students they teach by finding ways to engage them, build their critical and creative thinking abilities and foster innovative mindsets. A recent inspirational example is that of Aaron Warner, a teacher at Douglas Park School in Regina, who has... +Read More
09/07/16

Mentoring and coaching

Mentoring and coaching are two evidence-based approaches to professional growth that can provide teachers and administrators, whether new or experienced, with support and practice in order to increase effectiveness and master new skills. Laurie-ann M. Hellsten, Michelle P. Prytula, Althea Ebanks and Hollis Lai in Teacher Induction: Exploring Beginning Teacher Mentorship in a 2009 issue of the Canadian Journal of Education, state that mentorship, or the mentoring of novice teachers by experienced teachers, assists in the transition from student to... +Read More
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