The day was packed – with people, information, networking, ideas, questions and plans. Over 250 people came from around the province – from places as far afield as New Liskeard and Thunder Bay, Port Elgin and Windsor, London and Kitchener, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Cornwall, and Ottawa, and everywhere in between. Here are just a few of the comments from conference participants:
“Very informative and great use of different learning methods – panels, workshops, lectures etc.”
“The workshop topics were wonderful – just too many to choose from. I wish there were more sessions.”
“Thank you so much for an energizing day. I appreciate the open and welcoming climate in which disparate ideas can be exchanged.”
Dennis Shirley, an international expert on education, told attendees about “The Fourth Way,” a new road map for education in the 21st century. You can see and hear it too:
Participants listened to a debate about testing, and discussed other ways of measuring success and ensuring accountability. (Could we do random sample testing of smaller groups of students – saving time and money? Could we add more things to our measurement arsenal: Attendance, for example? Or student engagement? Student and parent surveys?)
We learned how school councils can set up their own websites and use technology to communicate with parents and about how to navigate the world of special education.
There is lots of information about the conference on the People for Education website and there are many discussions going on about the topics raised in our online community. So please join in, because together we can be part of developing new policy and engaging more people in thinking about how our schools could work best for students in the 21st century.
We’re already working on next year’s conference. So stay in touch.
Watch this video to get a taste of what the day was like!