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Doing what matters most
Presentation
National Parents Council Primary
Dublin
WHO IS PEOPLE FOR EDUCATION?
 Independent, charitable
 Works to ensure public education can realize its promise
 Uses research and evidence to “connects the dots” –
between strong education and prosperous and fair society
 Works to engage parents, teachers, school boards,
universities, government, media in broad public dialogue
about public education
 Funded by foundations, government, donors
ONTARIO
The Ontario Context
 Overall 28% of Ontarians are foreign-born
 2 million students from Kindergarten to Grade 12
 5000 schools in a geographic region about 15X the size of
Ireland – bigger than France and Spain combined
 95% of Ontario’s students attend publicly funded schools –
public, Catholic and French
 Ontario students consistently in the top 10 on PISA
ONTARIO’S EDUCATIONAL STRUCTURE
Provincial government controls
funding, curriculum, policy
72 school boards, with elected
trustees, elected/appointed Parent
Involvement Committees
5000 schools each with a school
council – majority parents
Parents: doing what matters most
1. Have high expectations
 Consistently communicate belief in potential
 Consistently communicate expectation of academic
success
 Not about marks – about expectation to work hard
Parents: doing what matters most
2. Talk about school
 Home discussions impact:
o more than monitoring homework or restricting TV
o more than volunteering
o more than limiting time kids can go out during the
week
Parents: doing what matters most
3. Build positive attitudes and strong work habits
 Help your child to build his/her own capacity to:
o Persist
o Ask for help
o Plan ahead
o Deal with difficulty and conflict
o Handle distractions
o Negotiate crises of confidence
Parents: doing what matters most
4. Read together (in any language)
 Don’t teach children to read, instead:
o Read for fun
o Read to them even when they already know how
o Read every night
o Start when they’re babies and keep doing it until
they leave home
Click this link to see a video clip entitled ‘Helping your kids
succeed in school’
School councils
What the policy mandates:
 “the purpose of the school council is, through the active
participation of parents, to improve student achievement
and enhance accountability of education system to
parents”
 Each school council receives $500 per year
What parents say about their role (survey of 900 councils)
 47% ranked communication as most important role
 13% ranked improving student achievement
School councils
Where school councils spend most of their time:
 fundraising
What school councils say are biggest challenges:
 Getting parents to come to meetings
 Capacity to do the work expected, and inexperience
 Disconnect between most important role and what they
spend the most time on
People for Education’s recommendation:
 Shift policy mandate of school councils to communication
Parent Involvement Committees
What the policy mandates:
 “The purpose of a parent involvement committee is to
support, encourage and enhance parent engagement at
the board level in order to improve student achievement
and well-being.”
 Each Parent Involvement Committee receives $5000 per
year plus $0.17 per student. For some boards this can total
as much as $50,000 per year. (€36,500)
Parent Involvement Committees
Greatest successes:
 Provides a “parent voice” at the school board level
 Allows pooling of resources and information
 Ability to provide things such as:
o Parent engagement symposiums
o School council appreciation dinners
o Parent conferences, workshops and webinars
Parent Involvement Committees
Greatest challenges:
 Recruiting and maintaining members
 lack of effective system to communicate with school
councils
 Lack of diversity of members
 Too much school board control
Parent Reaching Out Grants
Grants provided by the province to:
 encourage parent engagement at the local, regional and
provincial levels, by identifying barriers and finding
solutions to involve more parents in support of student
achievement and well-being.
o Up to $1,000 (€750) per school council
o Up to $30,000 (€22,500) per regional group or Parent
Involvement Committee
Parent Reaching Out Grants
Most common initiatives:
1.
Supporting well-being:
o nutrition, physical fitness, bullying and safety, mental
health and resiliency, and safe use of technology.
o reducing obstacles parents face to ensuring that their
children used technology, such as social media, safely
at home
o parenting skills for supporting students’ mental health
Parent Reaching Out Grants
Most common initiatives:
2.
Skills for Home Learning
o information and training to parents on general skills
for learning at home
o supporting students in math
o supporting student literacy
3.
Enhancing access to resources and services
o translating school websites and newsletters
o hiring interpreters.
Parent Reaching Out Grants
Most common initiatives:
4.
Parenting Education and Transition Support
o parenting training and education for both child and
adolescent development, such as parent-child
interactions and home discipline
o building parents’ capacity to support students at
transitional points, including transitions from home to
kindergarten, middle to high school, and high school
to a post-secondary destination
Parent Reaching Out Grants
Most common initiatives:
4.
Parenting Education and Transition Support
o parenting training and education for both child and
adolescent development, such as parent-child
interactions and home discipline
o building parents’ capacity to support students at
transitional points, including transitions from home to
kindergarten, middle to high school, and high school
to a post-secondary destination
What’s next?
Measuring What Matters
Develop broader goals and measures of success in
education:
o Creativity
o Citizenship
o Health – mental and physical
o Social-emotional development
o Quality learning environments
Stay in touch
People for Education website:
www.peopleforeducation.ca
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@anniekidder
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