Windsor Star: “Public school board introduces robotics pilot program to boost numeracy”

“Creativity, engagement, and innovative, inquiry-based learning are the current buzzwords in education,” notes Windsor Star reporter Dave Waddell in his recent article on “a pilot program that uses robotics to integrate the concepts of science, technology, engineering and math into Greater Essex County District School Board’s summer numeracy program for students in Grades 1 through […]

Camp Wonder enrolment doubles in Windsor this summer

CBC News in Windsor recently interviewed members of the Greater Essex County District School Board about Camp Wonder, a free summer program that provides three extra weeks of learning for young students. Over 600 children are spending their mornings in classrooms and their afternoons participating in fitness/recreational activities and field trips. The report notes that […]

Research Report: “Summer Learning Inequality in Ontario”

Education policy, say the authors of Summer Learning Inequality in Ontario, “should be informed by research that distinguishes school-based learning from learning that occurs during non-school time.” With American studies finding socio-economic disparities in learning tend to increase over the summer months, Scott Davies and Janice Aurini set out to collect data on literacy growth […]

Highlights from the 2014 Summer Learning Program

Over 5200 students (K-3) from sixty four district school boards across the province of Ontario participated in the 2014 Summer Learning Program (SLP). Through a mix of high quality instructional programming and recreational activities, the SLP continued to help elementary students reduce summer learning loss and improve their literacy and numeracy skills over the summer. […]

TVO’s new educator platform

Ontario’s public educational broadcaster has a new online platform, “for Ontario’s teachers, by Ontario’s teachers,” dedicated to sharing, collaboration and knowledge exchange. Created in partnership with the Ontario Teacher’s Federation (and it’s affiliates) and the Ministry of Education, and in consultation with teachers from across the province, TVO’s TeachOntario is designed to support teacher professional […]

Encouraging Parent Participation

The Summer Learning Program has the potential to become a valuable opportunity to involve parents in their children’s education and encourage them to develop a positive relationship with schools. For example, inviting parents/grandparents/caregivers to attend the first half hour of summer school (along with their child) allows the teacher to model a literacy or numeracy […]