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Cdn EdWire – School Closures Dilemma in Hamilton

An in-depth series from the Hamilton Spectator explores tough choices that must be made – and the implications on families and neighbourhoods – when 11,000 empty student spaces pile up in an urban centre.

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Board decides new high school will replace three in lower city – Hamilton Spectator
Costs, empty seats behind plan to build new high school in lower city to replace aging buildings

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Board decides new high school will replace three in lower city – Hamilton Spectator
Costs, empty seats behind plan to build new high school in lower city to replace aging buildings

 School Closures: Programs are next hurdle – Hamilton Spectator
High school closures will also affect how, where students learn

School Closures: Spectre of ‘education desert’ in lower city – Hamilton Spectator
Prospect of a new consolidated high school in lower city makes for a $41.5-million investment in an underserved area, but also means many students will have to travel farther to get there

School Closures: Ripples felt far beyond the classroom – Hamilton Spectator

School’s out … forever? – Hamilton Spectator


National math test on level: minister – Winnipeg Free Press
Teachers, trustees have suspicions

Racism or compassion? Study finds some teachers softer on minorities – Globe and Mail

Parents’ fight to fire teachers at struggling school ends up in ugly court battle – Toronto Star

Teen in Jesus shirt row won’t attend N.S. school unless they’re teaching ‘good old-fashioned academics’ – National Post

‘Caps’ mean special education students not getting help, People for Education report says – Toronto Star

Vancouver school district faces challenge to connect students, jobs – Vancouver Sun
Employers’ alliance warns of skilled worker shortage as it urges educators to promote innovation in classrooms

Train the brain – Toronto Sun
Kids learn better if ‘executive function’ is prepared early, say neuroscientist

B.C. opens the door to year-round school– Toronto Star

Catholic trustee wants gay-straight clubs in Waterloo schools – Toronto Star

The impact of tech on children – Edmonton Journal

Public-school graduates beat private pupils in undergrad, research finds – Globe and Mail

Is the PD day broken? Professional development days may do little to improve teaching – National Post


What America Can Learn From Ontario’s Education Success – The Atlantic

It’s Time for a New Kind of High School – Education Week


Engaging Without Carrots and Sticks – The Wejr Board
Becoming a father and making the transition to teaching primary students has made it very clear to me that our kids begin their lives with an inquisitive mind and an enviable level of excitement for learning.  Primary students seem to have an energetic curiosity and require very little motivation for engagement; however, as these students progress through our system and the focus moves from the child to the curriculum and learning to grades, they often seem to lose that drive.Read more

21st Century Learning…blah blah blah – The Principal of Change
Right now you probably hear as many people talk about how annoyed they are with the term “21st Century Learning” as you will hear people talking about the importance of it.  I will have to admit, I am in the “annoyed” camp. We often talk about these ideals of what “21st Century Learning” will look like but I think we can start with something much simpler.  We should start asking, “How do we ourselves best engage in our own learning?”

I was reminded of this the other day while at a conference and the presenter started the session by saying, “I would like to start by asking everyone to put away their mobile devices.”  The room was split down the middle with those who were offended by his statement, and those that knew he was joking.  Educators as learners would often be offended if we were told the tools or way that we are allowed to learn at any point, yet often many do not flinch at asking their kids to do the same.…Read more

The Difference Between Learning And Instruction – Etc: Education, Technology and Culture
In a future where a connected mind is likely to be at a premium, should we not be seeing ‘learning’ as more than just store-and-retrieve? Sure, that might help you pass a standardised test, but will it help you put two ideas together to create a new one? And, if a student becomes engaged (and inquiry and problem-based approaches seem remarkably good at engaging students) aren’t they going to be more likely to apply some discretionary energy into learning more about concepts and theories, because doing so could explain why an experimental didn’t work fully? We do know that, if knowledge isn’t re-visited regularly, we lose it. This explains why most of us can’t remember much of what we rote-learned in our childhoods, no matter how guided the instruction. If we weren’t engaged at the time of the instruction, we aren’t likely to want to re-visit it….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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