Education Today Summer 2014 Highlights



Thesis Review

By Jonathan Scott

Knowledge Mobilization – From the Web to the Board Table: How School Board Leaders Use Digital Information to Inform Their Decision Making

In her thesis for the Masters of Education submitted to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Loralea Carruthers explores research strategies used by Ontario school trustees as they educate themselves about topics debated around the board table. She tracks various online resources, analyses usage and perceived relevance, and makes recommendations for improved trustee learning.

Chris Hadfield: On Teaching and Learning and the View from Space

By Donna Danielli

Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station, has accepted a position as adjunct professor of aviation at the University of Waterloo starting this September. Now retired from the Canadian Space Agency, he took some time from a busy touring schedule to speak with Halton DSB trustee Donna Danielli, explaining how teaching and learning have been integral to his job all along.

The ABCs of Election Communications

By Kim Arnott

This how-to guide presents practical tips for trustees to manage their campaign communications strategy.

Fraser Mustard Academy: Toronto’s Kindergarten Alternative

By Tamara Baluja

In September 2014, the Toronto DSB opened the Fraser Mustard Academy, one of the largest kindergarten-only schools in North America. Journalist Tamara Baluja speaks with school staff and education experts for insights on how this school will be impacting its young students and the local community.

Technology: From Tool to Transformation

By Stuart Foxman

In January 2014, George Couros, the division principal of innovative teaching and learning from Alberta’s Parkland School Division, and Jesse Hirsh, a leading Internet strategist, author and CBC broadcaster spoke at OPSBA’s annual Public Education Symposium.  Author Stuart Foxman caught up with both gentlemen for further discussions about how technology can best serve the education sector.