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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 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
ISSUE 3 (SEPTEMBER 2020): STRESSED AT SCHOOL
School is a learning environment, but we need to recognize that it is also a workplace. In this issue, we look at K-12 staff and student stress as being two sides of the same coin. We share the realities of staff burnout through real-life accounts, look at the relationship between staff and student stress, and bring new perspectives and approaches to alleviating stress at school. This theme is an extension of EdCan’s Well at Work initiative and recognizes that stress, anxiety, violence, and bullying negatively impact both staff and students as well as the overall school culture. The rising complexity of student needs, the lack of adequate supports for students with special needs, difficult or abusive relationships (whether peer-to-peer, parent/teacher, principal/teacher, trustee/director, or other), overwhelming expectations, and exposure to trauma all challenge the mental health of the whole school community. Stress and burnout in students and K-12 staff are interconnected, affecting each others’ well-being and teaching effectiveness, and ultimately learning outcomes.
Deadline for queries: February 25, 2020
ISSUE 4 (DECEMBER 2020): TEACHING IN NORTHERN AND REMOTE CANADA
Educators in northern and remote locations have different challenges – and different opportunities – than in more populated centers, so what can their urban counterparts learn from them? What is it like teaching in the north? What are northern districts doing to recruit and retain teachers and other school staff? What are some of the creative and inspiring programs being developed to meet the needs for Indigenous and land-based curriculum, for bridging programs and community-based training, for distance learning opportunities, and to address the intergenerational/cultural trauma that schools in the past have contributed to so that contemporary schools can be, instead, places of healing and empowerment? What challenges stand in the way of excellent and equitable northern/remote education, and what are potential solutions?
Deadline for queries: May 20, 2020
ISSUE 1 (MARCH 2021): EDUCATING WITH THE U.N. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Climate change is our most pressing environmental issue, but there is much more to achieving true sustainability. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (NDGs) lay out 17 action areas aimed at sustaining life (both human and non-human), ending poverty, and achieving social justice. For educators, these goals are relevant to many subjects across the curriculum and offer the potential for real, engaging research and action projects that involve students in working to achieve these goals in their community. In this issue, we explore how school communities can contribute to the SDGs while engaging students solving our most wicked local, regional and global problems.
Deadline for queries: September 1, 2020
ISSUE 2 (MAY 2021): CAREER PATH OR ROUNDABOUT? CONNECTING STUDENTS WITH THEIR POST-HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS
Can we envision a future where the “career path” analogy becomes more like a roundabout, where entry into and out of education and work is more fluid and less disruptive, where people routinely cycle in and out of education or training several times over the course of their working life in order to advance careers and/or change jobs? What role does K-12 education play in facilitating student’s access to the information and experience that will help them choose wisely as they begin this journey? Now more than ever, the value of educating students to become thoughtful, curious, well-informed citizens capable of making wise decisions for an increasingly precarious future is clear. However, we also owe it to our youth to prepare them to succeed in a changing and uncertain job market. This issue is about career education in all its forms, with a particular interest in innovative programs and partnerships that offer more flexible and accessible options to K-12 students for learning about and transitioning to work or post-secondary studies — such as work-study terms, dual-credit and micro-credentialing courses, and “career sampler” programs.
Deadline for queries: November 15, 2020
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