Education Research Highlights

From January 2018

EXCLUSIVE ONLINE – Raising the Bar: A Coherent and Responsive Education Administrative System for Nova Scotia

This report released by Nova Scotia’s Department of Education is the result of a system administrative review – conducted by independent consultant Dr. Avis Glaze – over a three-month timeline. It includes a variety of recommendations for improving the way Nova Scotia’s public schools are administered, including the elimination of seven regional school boards in favour of a single governing body whereby superintendents would report directly to the Department of Education. Read the report

Results from the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey

By almost every measure, Ontario students in Grades 7-12 are drinking, smoking, and using drugs at the lowest rates since the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) began in 1977. This, according to new numbers released by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). But new data on fentanyl use in the student population, included for the first time in this survey, is raising concerns given the health risks of this potent opioid drug. This Ontario-wide survey of 11,435 students is Canada’s longest-running systematic study of drug use among youth, and one of the longest-running in the world. Read more

International technical guidance on sexuality education

This report was produced by UNESCO in collaboration with various international aid agencies to assist education policymakers in all countries design accurate and age-appropriate sex education curricula for children and young people aged 5-18+. It advocates for quality comprehensive sexuality education to promote health and well-being, respect for human rights and gender equality, and empowering children and young people to lead healthy, safe and productive lives. This report demonstrates that sexuality education helps young people become more responsible in their attitude and behaviour regarding sexual and reproductive health. Read more

Breaking Down Barriers: Mental Health and Canadian Post-Secondary Students

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) published a policy paper that explores the state of student mental health in post-secondary campuses across the country. As more students gain access to higher education, and the mission of post-secondary institutions encompasses more of Canada’s diverse population, this paper recommends that support must be made available to ensure that all students can succeed in academic environments that promote good mental health. Read more

January’s French Research Highlights

Opening and Support Measures towards Young Trans and Non-Binary Youth via Table nationale de lutte contre l’homophobie et la transphobie

School Path Guide: For Parents of a Disabled Child via l’Office des personnes handicapées du Québec

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