Students who have come to equate success with doing better than others are more likely to think in a “surface-level” way.
Nolen (1998)

Change it Up!

Learn about our Change it Up program.

Our world and our understanding of how humans learn and develop has changed drastically since public education was introduced, over 150 years ago.

To effectively deal with the challenges of the 21st century, we must transform the way we understand and structure education in this country — re-thinking the model based on up-to-date information and current world realities. Join us in sharing new information, raising awareness and taking action for authentic educational change.

Discovering Strengths

Discovering Strengths is a project designed to increase access to high-results, strength-based programs for Aboriginal communities across Canada. The easy-to-use online toolkit includes effective assessment and career development programs that engage youth in identifying their assets, imagining positive futures and exploring potential career paths.

Change It Up!

Change it Up! is a unique program designed for Aboriginal youth (15-30) that have not been successful in traditional education. As a result, these youth face multiple barriers on their path to employment and active citizenship. In many cases, a lack of success in school has built negative associations with education—and that may stop them from attending typical school-based training programs that are offered.

The Community Action Project

This project is specifically aimed at reaching youth (15-30) in the WoodBuffallo region that have disengaged from traditional education and consequently face multiple barriers on their path to employment. Low educational attainment in these youth is reflected in low literacy/numeracy levels and serious deficits in essential skills such as communication, ability to work with others and the use of technology.

Overschooled but Undereducated: How the crisis in education is jeopardizing our adolescents

Fri, 11/20/2009 - 15:33 -- admin

The basic function of education in all societies and at all times is to prepare the younger generation for the kind of adult life which that society values, and wishes to perpetuate.

By misunderstanding teenagers’ instinctive need to do things for themselves, isn’t society in danger of creating a system of schooling that so goes against the natural grain of the adolescent brain, that formal education ends up trivializing the very young people it claims to be supporting?

National Student Banner Contest


Calling all teachers of Grades 5 to 8!

The National Capital Commission (NCC), in partnership with Classroom Connections, is running an amazing
CROSS-CANADA CONTEST and PUBLIC ART PROJECT. Students in Grades 5 through 8 (Elementary 5 to Secondary 2 in Quebec) are being asked to create and submit a one-of-a-kind banner design to the “RaiseYour Voices!” National Student Banner Contest. The design should represent an issue or topic of importance to Canadian youth.

Punished By Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes

Mon, 04/07/2008 - 14:28 -- admin
In this groundbreaking book, Alfie Kohn shows that while manipulating people with incentives seems to work in the short run, it is a strategy that ultimately fails and even does lasting harm. Our workplaces and classrooms will continue to decline, he argues, until we begin to question our reliance on a theory of motivation derived from laboratory animals.

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason

Thu, 03/27/2008 - 17:54 -- admin

One basic need all children have, Kohn argues, is to be loved unconditionally, to know that they will be accepted even if they screw up or fall short. Yet conventional approaches to parenting such as punishments (including “time-outs”), rewards (including positive reinforcement), and other forms of control teach children that they are loved only when they please us or impress us. Kohn cites a body of powerful, and largely unknown, research detailing the damage caused by leading children to believe they must earn our approval.

The Growth of the Mind: And the Endangered Origins of Intelligence

Wed, 03/19/2008 - 16:22 -- admin

This compelling book reveals the six fundamental levels that form the architecture of our minds. The growth of these levels, four of which are deeper even than the unconscious, depends on a series of critical but subtle emotional transactions between an infant and a devoted caregiver. In mapping these interactions, Dr. Greenspan formulates the elusive building blocks of creative and analytic thinking and provides an exciting missing link between recent discoveries in neuroscience and the qualities that make us most fully human.

Between Parent and Child

Wed, 03/19/2008 - 15:15 -- admin

In this revised edition, Dr. Alice Ginott, clinical psychologist and wife of the late Haim Ginott, and family relationship specialist Dr. H. Wallace Goddard usher this bestselling classic into the new century while retaining the book’s positive message and Haim Ginott’s warm, accessible voice. Based on the theory that parenting is a skill that can be learned, this indispensable handbook will show you how to:
• Discipline without threats, bribes, sarcasm, and punishment
• Criticize without demeaning, praise without judging, and express anger without hurting


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