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UN 2030 Agenda

After more than three years of negotiations and intense involvement from many stakeholders, Member States of the United Nations agreed to a final version of the post-2015 Development Agenda – now known as 2030 Agenda. The new 2030 Agenda is a framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals with a total of 179 Targets spanning economic, environmental and... Read more »

School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons

Today’s schools are experiencing a great deal of change. Just as the rest of the world’s political, social, economic, and scientific realities have been shifted by swift advances in information and communication technology, so too has education. These forces are altering the way people work, play and learn. Schools are being challenged to harness the unfamiliar yet incredibly fascinating opportunities presented by this transformation… all while... Read more »

Report: First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in Ontario’s Publicly Funded Schools

People for Education released a report this morning on First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in Ontario’s publicly funded schools.  Although there is understandable focus on the issues of on-reserve education, the vast majority of Aboriginal students (82%) attend provincially funded schools in Ontario boards and education authorities. People for Education worked with an advisory group from... Read more »

Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy, Study Finds

This article in The Guardian reports on a study by Psychologists David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano. The study finds that works by writers such as Charles Dickens and Téa Obreht sharpen our ability to understand others’ emotions – more than thrillers or romance novels.  

The Joy of Reading in Schools

The chair of the NRC, Patsy Aldana, on the alarming decline in students’ enjoyment of reading. The British Columbia government has taken a bold step in promoting the importance of the love of reading among the thousands of children enrolled in that province’s schools. Love of reading? Aren’t our schools supposed to be doing that... Read more »

The Crisis in School Libraries

School libraries foster joy of reading in students. Teacher-librarians help reluctant readers find just the right book, and they shape their library’s collection to reflect their students’ needs and interests. They help the teachers find interesting curriculum materials. They make the school library a vibrant reading centre, and ensure that the school has a reading... Read more »