Are you seeking promising practices and the latest research and ideas from like-minded educator-leaders to challenge your thinking? Add these hand-picked articles from our Editor Holly Bennett to your summer reading list and boost your knowledge before the next school year begins!
In this issue, we examine what can be done to support the well-being of all educators and reduce their levels of stress, role overload, and exhaustion. Many of our contributors make the very good point that the mental health of educators has a direct impact on the well-being of the students in their care; and that therefore we should support teachers’ well-being in order to ensure they are able to bring their best to their students.
- Creative Caring for Teachers: How a whole-school well-being approach can support everyone’s mental health
by Sue Roffey
- Healthy Principals, Healthy Schools: Supporting principals’ well-being
by Dr. Katina Pollock
- Teach Resiliency: A resource for teacher and student wellness
by Susan Rodger, Kathryn Hibbert and Alan Leschied
WORKING WITH PARENTS
Parental engagement is a complex, double-edged issue that affects every level of education, from the student at home to provincial policy. From the importance of parent support to a child’s progress at school, to the tensions around parent advocacy for their children’s individual needs, to the political clout groups of parents can wield (for good or ill), this theme has many potential facets.
- The Missing Link: Parents are key players in sustainable educational change
by David Price
- Bear With Me: Teaming up with parents of students with special needs
by Jeffrey MacCormack and Dr. Ian Matheson
SIGNALS OF CHANGE
In this issue, a cross-section of our network contributors – teachers, principals, superintendents, academics and students – explore how emerging big ideas could be creatively applied to education, why it may be important to do so, and the drawbacks or risks that need to be guarded against. From the aging population to micro-credentialing and artificial intelligence, what lies ahead for education?
- A Virtual Education: Artificial intelligence and virtual reality are changing the way we learn
by Lora Appel, PhD
- Micro-credentially: Giving credit where credit is due
by Chris Cluff and Stephen Hurley
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION IN THE SCHOOLS
How can teachers, who may know little themselves about Indigenous cultures and issues, authentically incorporate respectful, accurate information and experiences about Indigenous history, worldview, ways of teaching and learning, and contemporary issues into their classrooms? In this issue, we invite explorations of good practice examples, researchers’ insights on how we can “scale up” Indigenized learning, and other articles aimed toward helping schools move forward towards education for reconciliation.
- “First, We’re a School”: Teachers and school leaders play a key role in reconciliation, but policy makers must resource schools for equity of opportunity and success
by Dr. Gordon A. Martell
- Truth and Reconciliation in YOUR Classroom: How to get started, and who can help
by Dr. Kate Freeman, Shawn McDonald and Dr. Lindsay Morcom
- Carrying the Fire: A youth talking circle on truth and reconciliation in our schools
by Dr. Michelle Hogue and Holly Bennett