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Issue #154
September, 2022

Why Student Engagement is Important in a Post-COVID World – and 5 Strategies to Improve It

Source: Applied Research Centre

Summary: Although we have an idea of the effects of low-quality remote instruction on student achievement gaps, we don’t yet fully understand the effects of social isolation, inconsistent structures, and personal trauma on student engagement.

What we do know is that student engagement remains important to learning and achievement, and it’s likely that teachers will need to find new ways to motivate and engage their students.

Understanding how to re-engage students requires first understanding the definition of student engagement, the benefits, the different types of engagement, what it looks like in the classroom, and the psychology of engagement. At the end of the blog, you’ll also find five student-driven strategies to improve engagement and motivation.

Early Childhood Education Report 2020: The Federal Role


The federal government has a direct role in funding early childhood programs for First Nations, Métis and Inuit children, for military personnel, federal prisoners and refugees and immigrants to Canada.

The Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework agreement was signed in June 2017 between the federal government and the provinces and territories. A 10-year investment strategy was outlined in Budget 2017, with $500 million growing slowly over the first 3 year phase. Although federal funding was small it did spurn interest with all jurisdictions adding their own revenue to boost child care spending.

OTF Teacher Resources – Web Resources!

Source: OTF/FEO

Focus: Secondary students

Summary: You will find valuable information about various organizations, with links to their websites and resources to help you plan your education and professional development.

New links to other resources will be added as they become available. We therefore invite you to visit this site often.

The OTF Teacher Resources – Web Resources tool is available to assist all teachers.

FEO Ressources pour le personnel enseignant – Ressources Web!

Source: FEO/OTF

À l’intention des étudiants au secondaire

Résumé: Vous trouverez de précieux renseignements sur diverses organisations, avec des liens vers leur site Internet et des ressources pour vous aider dans la planification de votre enseignement et votre perfectionnement professionnel.

De nouveaux liens vers d’autres ressources seront ajoutés à mesure qu’ils seront disponibles. Nous vous invitons donc à visiter souvent ce site.

L’outil de la FEO Ressources pour le personnel enseignant – Ressources Web est proposé pour aider tous les membres du personnel enseignant.

Métis Memories of Residential Schools: A Testament to the Strength of the Métis

Summary: This powerful educational resource was designed to acknowledge, highlight, and share Métis residential school survivor experiences in collaboration with respected Métis Elder Angie Crerar, Author Jude D. Daniels, Canadian artist Lewis Lavoie, Métis community, Rupertsland Institute, and Werklund School of Education.  Mural image inspired by Métis Artist Samantha Pratt.

What You Need to Know: A Resource for Principals Who are New to First Nations Schools in British Columbia Draft (2021)

Source: FNSA BC

Focus:  New Principals

Summary: Through a question and answer format, this publication, What You Need to Know: A Resource for Principals Who are New to First Nation Schools In British Columbia Draft (2021), addresses common questions about teaching in a First Nation school in British Columbia.  It is intended as a resource for principals who are new to First Nation schools.

Uncharted Waters: Toward A World-Class Canadian E-Learning Paradigm

Source: Ivus, M., Quan, T., Snider, N., Uncharted Waters: A World-class Canadian E-learning Paradigm, Information and Communications Technology Council, October 2021.

Summary: Distance learning has a long history in Canada, and online learning capabilities have greatly accelerated its adoption in recent years. The opportunities and challenges provided by distance learning have become highly relevant as the COVID-19 pandemic forced a transition from traditional in-class learning to distance learning for both students and educators who may have been unfamiliar with these systems. This education technology report builds on previous ICTC research to examine distance learning in Canada. It makes use of primary research, based on interviews with 20 education subject matter experts from across Canada, a survey of 1063 Canadian students and parents, and secondary research to explore distance learning in Canada and abroad. In addition to identifying opportunities and challenges for distance learning, it also provides a planning framework for future adoption of distance learning in the education system.

Career Resources

Source: SOI Foundation

Summary: SOI has led more than 35 expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic and places in between. Each incredible journey raised the bar on our mission to engage youth, further their knowledge of the Polar Regions, increase diversity among our participants, and encourage cross-cultural collaboration to support a healthy and sustainable future.

Our vision for the future builds on SOI’s success in experiential learning and youth engagement to now develop new programs that include land-based, community-based, and virtual learning opportunities. Additionally, SOI is broadening its support of youth beyond experiential learning to offer new opportunities and resources for mentorship, professional development and community service. As always, our goal is to inspire and foster sustainability leadership throughout every phase of SOI’s educational and professional development programs.

Ressources professionnelles

Source: Fondation SOI

Résumé: SOI a mené plus de 35 expéditions en Arctique, en Antarctique et ailleurs. Chacun de ces périples incroyables a haussé la barre quant à notre mission d’engagement des jeunes, notre compréhension des régions polaires et la diversité de nos participants, en plus d’encourager la collaboration interculturelle pour soutenir un avenir sain et durable.

Notre vision pour l’avenir mise sur les succès de SOI en matière d’apprentissage expérientiel et d’engagement des jeunes afin de développer de nouveaux programmes comprenant des possibilités d’apprentissage sur le terrain, dans la communauté et par voie virtuelle. En outre, SOI est en train d’étendre son soutien aux jeunes au-delà de l’éducation expérientielle en mettant à disposition des ressources et occasions de mentorat, de développement professionnel et de service communautaire. Comme toujours, notre objectif est d’inspirer et de stimuler un leadership durable à toutes les phases des programmes éducatifs et de développement professionnel de SOI.

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