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While we are interested in a wide variety of educational issues, in each issue we will run several articles on a theme. Story ideas that are especially appropriate for one of our themes are of particular interest.
ISSUE 1 (march 2019): Grading and Assessment
This issue will offer a fresh outlook on student assessment, going beyond already well-known terrain to take a critical look at our current learning assessment process, in Canada and internationally. Why do even recently-graduated teachers tend to assess the way they were assessed as students? What is the value of collecting province-wide, nation-wide and even international data, and how can it be used to improve student learning? What about grading – what do grades really measure, what is their purpose, and how accurate are they? Is it fair to incorporate the student’s behaviour in an evaluation of learning? What impact does an emphasis on grades and summative evaluations have on both students’ and teachers’ attitudes, and on actual learning? And on the other hand, what it the effect of leveling from the bottom or “no fail” policies? Should student self-assessment play a role in the mix?
Deadline for queries: September 1, 2018
ISSUE 2 (may 2019): Gender and Sexuality in our Schools
How should we be supporting queer and trans students? All schools and school districts are dealing with this issue, both at a policy level and in individual classrooms. How do we encourage a school culture that respects the spectrum of sexuality and gender? How do we respond to community backlash when it occurs? The role of sex education and the renewed controversy over sex ed in some provinces can be explored, looking beyond the rhetoric to focus on what the research says, as well as specific programs to address homophobia, misogyny, sexism and consent. What does the research tell us about sex education, gender-related bullying, and LGBTQ students, and how can that translate into good practice? What are the barriers to overcome?
Deadline for queries: November 15, 2018
ISSUE 3 (september 2019): Culturally Responsive Teaching
Are teachers prepared and confident to welcome students from a range of cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds? The growing diversity of Canadian classrooms demands that educators develop the inclusive and intercultural competencies that will allow them to support the success of diverse students, both academically and socially. What are best practices around diversity in the classroom, and what resources/support do teachers need in order to develop the knowledge and skills to implement them? One example would be the approach developed by Dr. Sharroky Hollie that embraces and places value on students’ culture and language, allowing students to use the voice that is linked to their identity. In a world becoming increasingly intolerant to cultural diversity, it is important for Education Canada to point the way towards the most appropriate, engaging and responsive teaching practices in today’s diverse classrooms.
Deadline for queries: February 25, 2019
ISSUE 4 (december 2019): Workplace Well-being
Staff at all levels of our education system are subject to stress and exhaustion caused by daily systemic pressures, expectations and factors beyond their control. This issue of Education Canada puts the spotlight on how we can (and why we must) strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of K-12 staff, in turn enabling them to achieve healthier schools and better learning experiences for students. Specific article topics may range from creating organizational cultures that foster workplace well-being; the well-being of education leaders and front-line staff; identifying and challenging the mindsets, assumptions and public perceptions towards the well-being of K-12 educators that hinder change; and lessons from interventions in other sectors. We aim to showcase innovations in healthy work environments and to translate emerging research into practical tools and approaches to support workplace well-being as a top priority.
Deadline for queries: May 20, 2019
ISSUE 1 (march 2020): The Greening of Schools
This issue would look at environmental education and leadership around greener schools design and practice. Possible topics include outdoor education, hands-on environmental learning, and actual environmental education programs, including how climate change is being taught. There are also issues of “greener” school design (both in terms of energy-use reduction and in making a stronger connection with nature) and “eco-certification” of schools. This would also be a good opportunity to showcase Indigenous education programs that are teaching traditional connections to and on the land.
Deadline for queries: September 1, 2019
ISSUE 2 (may 2020): Education and the Skilled Trades
With fewer youth learning the skills required to replace an aging generation of soon-to-be-retired tradespeople, critical shortages in skilled trades workers is on the horizon while these careers grow more complex. As automation, instrumentation, electronics and new energy systems become ubiquitous in our lives, many of the traditional trades such as construction, transportation and manufacturing are now intertwined with the technology and thus require new, more sophisticated skills. Despite the fact that skilled trades provide steady, well-compensated employment, there remains a deeply entrenched perception that pursuing a trade is a secondary career path far less desirable than attending university – even as increasing numbers of university grads find themselves struggling with precarious employment. In this issue, Education Canada looks at the role our public schools do, could, and/or should play in exposing students to these career pathways, preparing them for future labour market needs, and facilitating their transition to trades training. Are students given adequate experiential learning opportunities to consider trades, adequate opportunity to learn about them, and adequate support in negotiating entry to post-secondary programs and apprenticeships that will take them there? How can we shift the narrative, counter the stigma and articulate the value of skilled trades to youth and their parents? How does our education system embrace the multiple roles of fostering the skills and knowledge students require to become informed, active, citizens of the world, and also preparing them to meet the workforce needs of tomorrow?
Deadline for queries: November 15, 2019
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