Healthy public schools are essential for a healthy economy and creating informed citizens. But we are neglecting our schools in a perversely malicious way: making impossible demands on them, strangling them financially, creating trivial changes for the sake of ideology, avoiding necessary changes, and just plain ignoring them.
A Policy Paper: The Strategic and Resource Implications of a New Model of LearningThis Policy Proposal, from the 21st Century Learning Initiative in the UK, is written to assist those in positions of influence to initiate powerful changes to current educational arrangements. The circumstantial evidence for such a transformation of learning is drawn from the best in research and practice from around the world. The paper shows that better informed, and more effective, models of learning could be organised through a redistribution of expenditures and responsibilities, at a total cost no greater than current levels of expenditure.
Equality in the Classroom: The Educational Placement of Children with DisabilitiesCanadian public schools – as inclusive institutions – educate students who, in previous generations, would have been educated in segregated settings or denied an education. The challenge facing public schools is to determine how best to address the needs of students whose circumstances pose particular learning challenges. (Source: Canadian Council on Learning)
Composite Learning Index: Helping communities improve their quality of lifeThe Composite Learning Index is a practical measurement tool that can help Canadians identify their community’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to fostering the best possible environment for lifelong learning. The CLI results offer community leaders and decision-makers a unique and valuable opportunity to help shape how their community can achieve the economic and social benefits that come from lifelong learning. (Source: Canadian Council on Learning,published in both English and French)
Educational Reform for Today and Tomorrow“So, how do you connect the short term and the long term? How do you deal with today and tomorrow?” Andy Hargreaves discusses the role of both short-term and long-term strategies in instigating meaningful educational change.
Report: Public Education in Canada -- Facts, Trends and AttitudesWith this report, the Canadian Education Association provides a context for rethinking schools to drive dialogue and critical thinking about the challenges we face in educating all students to take their place in a world of dynamic social, technological and economic change.