Leadership, Opinion, Policy

Cdn EdWire – Inclusion and cyberbullying debated in the Maritimes

From inclusion programs in New Brunswick referred to as ‘extreme’ to contentious school closures and new cyberbulling laws in Nova Scotia, there’s lots of education news from the East Coast.

Autism advocate questions ‘extreme’ inclusion model – CBC

Inclusion in the classroom ‘simple,’ says educator – Western Star

 Nova Scotia to table online bullying bill – Canadian Press

As money moves west, empty schools on the rise in Atlantic Canada – Globe and Mail

More P.E.I. aboriginal students graduating than national average – CBC


Bullying: Parents and educators shouldn’t panic about an ‘epidemic,’ some experts say – Postmedia

Special needs students may get break on high school credits – Toronto Star

Vancouver school board to vote on classes with aboriginal focus – Vancouver Sun

Aboriginal graduates aim high – Edmonton Journal
Centre High says 40% will head for college

School librarians bearing brunt of cuts to education, advocates say – Canadian Press

Researcher offers simple step to identify anxiety in children – Vancouver Sun
Awareness can prevent later problems in life such as depression, drinking or smoking, UBC professor says

Parents of kids in alternative programs to pay more for public school busing – Calgary Herald

Classroom assistants respond to education industry demands – Globe and Mail

Toronto District School Board to allow 430 laid-off education assistants to retrain as early childhood educators – Toronto Star

Should Teachers Be Trustees, Too? – The Tyee
New Westminster parents’ council wants teacher trustees to stay out of classrooms or stay off school boards.

Ban on Gideon Bible handout at public schools sparks torrent of hate mail – Toronto Star

Critical thinking, not facts, the focus – London Free Press

What the #!%*? Home-school protest rises in Alberta over updated Education Act – National Post


Beyond Student Engagement: Achieving a State of Flow – Edutopia
Think about a time when you were really engaged in something, the kind of engagement where you lose track of time and experience feelings of joy and satisfaction. You may have felt acutely focused, physically, mentally, and emotionally absorbed in a task. I’ve felt this most often while writing, reading, teaching, and coaching — always signaled by the moment when I notice the clock and, feeling dazed, wonder where the hours have gone. The feelings are pleasant and there are always outcomes, a chapter written, or a complicated dilemma unraveled, for example. It wasn’t until I heard about the work of the Hungarian psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, that I learned that this notion has a name: FlowRead more


Too Big for Your Britches – Ideas and Thoughts (Dean Shareski)
I’ve always felt this and certainly have experienced it, but as I’ve had the privilege of seeing a lot more schools and school districts up close, it’s become evident to me that size is a real enemy to innovation. Change is difficult for any organization and education is particularly difficult because of its systematic problems and tensions as a public sector institution. But there is an inverse relationship between the layers of bureaucracy and the ability to innovate and change. I won’t pretend that’s a particularly profound or new realization but when I look at those pockets of change, it seems that it’s often a result of fewer hoops to jump….Read more

Rethinking the Traditional Conference Model – The Wejr Board
I have described before how my learning has been greatly impacted by social media… but I have to admit, although I was inspired at the conference, I was also very frustrated.  After 3+ years of learning alongside others through Twitter and blogs as well as participating in 2 Edcamps, I have learned the importance of taking the time to reflect and engage in powerful dialogue around ideas in education.  The schedule of this conference was similar to every other conference I have attended: keynotes and number of sessions compressed into a few days (although this conference had more “famous” speakers than any other I have attended).  The problem I have with this format of session 1, session 2, session 3, session 4 is that there is no time to reflect and discuss the HOW’s of education- HOW do we take the ideas of these thinkers and create change in our schools?...Read more


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Max Cooke


Max Cooke is the CEO of the EdCan Network.

Max Cooke est le directeur général du Réseau ÉdCan.

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