Education Standing Committee

Chair: Kathy Wosnick

Members of the Education Committee examine the state of education at all levels and of all types in the province. Projects, discussions and addresses by visiting speakers relate to issues of concern to the members. The Committee can raise awareness among all Club members about important educational issues. Members are encouraged to follow through in their local areas with school boards, colleges, universities and their MPPs.

Committee Reports

September 23, 2017

Topic: Running in Municipal Elections-Role of the Trustee

Mary Hall was first elected to the Hastings County Board of Education in 1994, and after amalgamation, was elected to the Hastings and Prince Edward DSB as a trustee representing Belleville and Thurlow, and is currently serving in that capacity. Mary outlined the steps in preparing to run for Trustee and described the role in office. Read the full report>>

March 25, 2017

MORNING PLENARY: Early Learning and Childcare

20170325_101930 cropped.jpgShannon Fuller, the acting Assistant Deputy Minister in the Early Years Division at the Ministry of Education presented Renewing and Expanding Ontario’s Early Years System in her plenary address at the March Ontario Council Standing Committee meeting.

Shannon began with an overview of the Ontario’s Early Years system within a historical perspective. In 2009, Dr. Charles Pascal released With Our Best Future in Mind, with recommendations for a more integrated early learning and child care system, including full day kindergarten. In 2015, the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) came into force, replacing 70-year-old legislation. CCEYA strengthened compliance with programming through play-based learning and regulated health and safety in early years settings. Read the full report>>

January 21, 2017

Topic: The Road to Wage Equity, A University ExampleDr. Lynne Taylor, Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloo was the Lead Negotiator for the Faculty Association (FAUW) and co-chair of the Salary Anomaly Working Group.  Its mandate was to investigate all faculty salaries, male and female, professoriate and lecturer, for possible anomalies, both individual and systemic. Lynne outlined for us the steps taken by the Working Group to investigate faculty salaries, and explained how the necessary data was gathered in a research study model. It took approximately a year and a half to pull data from a variety of sources at the university.

Dr. Lynne Taylor, Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloo was the Lead Negotiator for the Faculty Association (FAUW) and co-chair of the Salary Anomaly Working Group.  Its mandate was to investigate all faculty salaries, male and female, professoriate and lecturer, for possible anomalies, both individual and systemic. Lynne outlined for us the steps taken by the Working Group to investigate faculty salaries, and explained how the necessary data was gathered in a research study model. It took approximately a year and a half to pull data from a variety of sources at the university. Read the full report>>

September 24, 2016

Topic: It Takes a Village: Supporting student well-being using a collective impact model
Speakers: Jessica Outram, Principal at Colborne Public School in Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB and Chantell Tunney, President of Impact Matters: Social leadership for Strong Communities

Jessica engaged the group in examining issues many students bring with them to school, including mental health challenges. Current statistics show that 1 in 5 children have a mental health issue. Schools are now expected to do more for all children, to promote a sense of belonging and well-being and staff is being trained to meet these challenges.

Chantell presented the Collective Impact Model, bringing together parents and professionals involved with a student in need, in order to create complex solutions to solve complex problems. Chantell explained that “collaborative work is like a potluck lunch while the collective impact is everybody in the stew pot together” with the purpose of defining and building success for the student. Read the full report>>

Archives

Reports from previous years have been archived in DropBox. Clicking on the link will open a new tab to the Education Folder, where all reports can be viewed or downloaded. Access Archived Reports >>

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