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Mandatory e-learning is a problem in Ontario high schools

Mar 10, 2020 jjamison
Mandatory e-learning is a problem in Ontario high schools

Mandatory high school e-learning has become a point of contention in Ontario. The provincial government currently says it will implement two mandatory high school e-learning courses — down from an initial proposal to make it compulsory that students take four out of 30 high school courses online. This change happened after the government faced strong resistance from teachers, and negative responses…

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Eden: ‘Not a Lot of Schools Can Handle Kids With Behavior Problems’ — Here’s a Baltimore School That Can, but Not Through ‘Full Inclusion’

Mar 06, 2020 jjamison
Eden: ‘Not a Lot of Schools Can Handle Kids With Behavior Problems’ — Here’s a Baltimore School That Can, but Not Through ‘Full Inclusion’

  Sharp-Leadenhall Elementary School “I really want people to know that just because our school has a lot of kids with behavior problems doesn’t mean it’s a bad school,” a fifth-grader whom I’ll call Carl told me. “If you’re as smart as me,” he continued, “you’ll realize that if it’s a behavior school then it’s actually a great school. Because not a lot of schools can handle kids with behavior…

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Has online learning really disrupted K–12 education in the US? The answer is yes — and no.

Mar 06, 2020 jjamison
Has online learning really disrupted K–12 education in the US? The answer is yes — and no.

Mar 5, 2020 The 2010s were the decade for technology to fundamentally change education. Two years before the decade’s dawn, Clayton Christensen, Michael B. Horn and Curtis Johnson predicted in their book Disrupting Class that online learning would revolutionize teacher-led instruction and catalyze a student-centered transformation in US K–12 schools. As the decade began, enthusiasm for ed tech seemed…

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UBC Professional Development

Mar 04, 2020 jjamison
UBC Professional Development

2020 SUMMER INSTITUTES | SNEAK PEAK Looking to expand your knowledge as an educator this summer? Don't miss our Summer Institutes – short, intensive courses in a variety of specialized subject areas, developed based on the needs of teachers and changes in the educational landscape. View our entire selection of institutes, and find one that's right for you! Summer…

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A largely female teaching force is standing up for public education

Mar 04, 2020 jjamison
A largely female teaching force is standing up for public education

Across Canada, issues related to education are regularly making headlines. Ontario teachers have been on rotating strikes, B.C. teachers have been without a contract since last June and both Manitoba and Alberta are reviewing their education systems. In our research, we are examining the language, stories and messages that are being generated by governments, the media and the public at large about…

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