For more detailed information, please download the 2016-2017 CEA Annual Performance Report.
Message from the Chair
Message from the President and CEO
With over 125-years of experience as the leading independent national voice in Canadian K-12 education, the Canadian Education Association (CEA) is proud to launch the EdCan Network to support the thousands of courageous educators working tirelessly to ensure that all students discover their place, purpose and path.
The EdCan Network is more than a new logo – it embodies a reinvigorated position of the CEA to amplify how teachers, principals, superintendents, researchers and other education leaders are boldly challenging the status quo.
The EdCan Network believes that:
- all learners’ needs should take precedence over ideology and politics so that they discover their passions and interests in deeply engaging learning environments, ones that inspire them to become confident and competent learners for life;
- all educators should be trusted as designers of learning and further empowered to innovate and bridge the gap between policy decisions and actual learning;
- a more flexible public education system is required to support the rapidly changing and diverse needs of all learners.
Our new website (www.edcan.ca) features Education Canada Magazine – a trusted source for providing informed research and opinion on the some of the biggest challenges facing educators today, including our latest focus on school closures.
The EdCan Network includes voices from across the entire spectrum of K-12 education, producing meaningful professional learning events that help bring out the elephants in the room to build a positive forward-thinking narrative for the future of public education in Canada.
Four overarching and interrelated strategies guide CEA activities to engage Canada’s public education systems in advancing their transformation agendas.
The CEA’s 125th Anniversary Dinner Celebration – Toronto, Ont.
As part of its 125th anniversary celebrations, CEA hosted a special dinner in Toronto to honour this historic milestone. This gathering included CEA Board and Advisory Council Members as well as representatives from all 13 provincial and territorial ministries of education and from the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).
CEA Symposium – First Nations Schools First! – Vancouver, B.C.
This symposium focused on one of the most urgent issues facing Canada’s future: ensuring the success of all Indigenous students. This is an Indigenous Peoples’ priority, a ministry of education priority, a federal government priority, the public’s priority, and our priority.
Based on this sense of urgency to decrease the number of Indigenous students who are tuning out – and dropping out – of school, First Nations and provincial school educators are taking risks and implementing bold, culturally relevant, community-supported programs that connect deeply with Indigenous students’ way of learning and coming to know.
Moving Beyond Rhetoric in Indigenous Education
How Canadian educators are bringing Indigenous ways of teaching and learning to the forefront
This follow up report includes presentation recaps and videos of Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators, administrators, scholars, Elders, parents, and students – who shared their stories of success during 12 concurrent sessions over two days, putting forward replicable classroom practices for engaging Indigenous learners.
CEA Advisory Council Meeting – Toronto, Ont.
Advisory Council Members were invited to kick off the new EdCan Network Regional Exchange initiative to identify the important issues facing Canadian education as we move deeper into the 21st century. In this facilitated workshop conversation, Council Members shared their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that exist in their own contexts and how their insights might inform a national agenda for action in the next decade. Feedback received from Council Members was used to fine tune a facilitation approach for the Regional Exchanges scheduled to take place across the country.
EdCan Network Regional Exchanges
The EdCan Network Regional Exchanges were designed to explore the common values that inspire our work in education as well as the complex contexts in which that work takes place.
The EdCan Network Regional Exchanges formed vital hubs enabling the CEA to become actively attuned to the very real and practical ways that provincial education communities across Canada are responding to their unique challenges and opportunities. In addition to informing the work of the EdCan Network across the country, each Regional Exchange will help in the process of building the wider EdCan Network. Through their work, Exchange members became network leaders and catalysts for conversation by sharing a wide variety of prevailing local and regional issues, trends and attitudes associated with some of our most complex challenges that we face in our public education systems.
Regional Exchanges were held in the following locations: Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Toronto, Mississauga, Montreal, Ottawa, and Halifax.
Regional Exchange members represented a wide array of roles and perspectives and offered their unique experiences and insights to collectively identify the top priorities facing public education now, in two years, and in five years, helping to gain a clearer understanding of the trends, challenges and opportunities in their province and region. The EdCan Network’s Regional Exchanges were a valuable opportunity for the EdCan Network to put its “ear to the ground” as we continue the work of convening, engaging and supporting the growth of our Canadian education systems.
CEOs’ Forum – Winnipeg, Man.
The CEA’s CEOs’ Forum has convened Superintendents and Directors of Education from across Canada to share insights on topics of particular interest to them since 1961. This gathering was co-hosted by Brian O’Leary, Superintendent of the Seven Oaks School Division. An engaging roster of discussion topics provided participants with a first-hand pan-Canadian vantage point of the challenges and opportunities that chief education officers and their peers are facing in their school districts.
Superintendents’ Association Forum – Vancouver, B.C.
Since 2007, CEA has held this pan-Canadian meeting of provincial superintendent association leaders. Participants truly appreciate these gatherings for the rich and open discussions about the myriad challenges facing school district leaders in today’s complex public education sector. The 2016 meeting included discussions about the current issues and trends affecting their provincial education systems, which results in the valuable sharing of best practices, change strategies and strengthened networking among participants.
CEA Visibility in Canada’s Education Sector
Building stronger relationships with key strategic audiences, gathering intelligence to sharpen our understanding of regional contexts, promoting strategic programs of work; recruiting new network members to elevate the need for transformation as a matter of national concern among audiences outside of the education sector.
Education Canada Magazine
Education Canada Magazine is published four times a year and is always available online. Rooted in the Canadian education experience and perspective, our English and French articles provide voice to teachers, principals, superintendents and researchers – a growing network of experts who examine today’s school and classroom challenges with courage and honesty. Pragmatic, accessible and evidence-based, Education Canada connects policy and research to classroom practice.
The following themes were explored in 2016-2017:
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The Education Canada Bulletin E-Newsletter
Published since 1957, CEA’s monthly e-Bulletin represents a trusted and important information dissemination tool for the CEA.
Education Canada Bulletin E-Newsletter Subscriber Statistics
The Facts on Education Series
With the support of the Canadian School Board Association (CSBA), CEA teamed up with researchers from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), who produced the following five evidence-based fact sheets:
- How can we best support student mental well-being?
- What factors are involved in developing successful community school models?
- What is the best way to integrate newcomer students into schools and classrooms?
- What is the Best Way to Indigenize Teaching Practices?
- How equitable is Canada’s education system?
CEA Professional Learning Programs
The CEA continued to deliver this ambitious and unique professional learning delivery program with a select group of on‑reserve schools in Quebec’s Cree School Board during the 2016-2017 academic year. The CEA has been supporting educators working within the Canadian Indigenous education system because the sense of urgency to implement deep meaningful change is more pronounced and desired.
Through its professional learning delivery experience, the CEA has recognized that among Canadian Indigenous Nations, there has been a separation between school and community. This disengagement has led to profound challenges currently faced by educators in these schools and with this knowledge, the CEA is delivering its professional learning program to transform classroom learning environments and to re-engage Indigenous students, parents and communities in schools. The CEA’s approach is deeply respectful of each Indigenous culture, values and traditions and integrate Indigenous holistic perspectives into classrooms and schools.
CEA Website and Social Media Performance
CEA Website Visitor Statistics
CEA continues to increase its social media presence via its new website as well as via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages, as well as its YouTube and Vimeo channels. CEA and staff Twitter accounts continue to gain followers, which increases referral growth to the website content. Significant growth was seen in the latter half of the fiscal year. This trend is also reflected in the clickthrough rate of shared links.
CEA social media presence continued to increase from April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017. Highlights include:
Over 8,717 YouTube views;
1,328 Facebook Page followers;
2,302 LinkedIn followers (July 2017); and
6,874 Twitter followers (5,650 @EdCanNet (previously @cea_ace) and 1,224 @EdCanPub).
The Indigenous ‘Innovation that Sticks’ Case Study Research Program
Based on the sense of urgency to decrease the number of Indigenous students who are tuning out – and dropping out – of school, on-reserve and off-reserve educators are implementing bold new programs that merit attention. The 2016 CEA Indigenous ‘Innovation that Sticks’ Case Study Research Program was a significant and timely initiative that serves to recognize successful and replicable First Nations-focused learning programs.
A jury of Indigenous researchers and education leaders selected the H’a H’a Tumxulaux Outdoor Education Program was selected among 47 applicants from across Canada to participate in the 2016 Indigenous ‘Innovation that Sticks’ Case Study Research Program.
A comprehensive case study research report released by the CEA examines how three key components of this Indigenous-centred program – land-based learning, spirituality, and the Medicine Wheel – have created a template for heightened student engagement and retention. Through these components, this report proposes recommendations for educators and administrators tasked with integrating Indigenous Worldviews into the classroom.
Full Case Study Report
The Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
The 2016-2017 CEA Ken Spencer Awards recognize the benefits of team-teaching, multi-grade classrooms, and students connecting with local businesses, organizations and community institutions as supportive learning environments that break down cultural barriers. These programs encourage students’ self-discovery that there’s more to life – and to their futures – than getting good grades.
The 2016-2017 Winners of the Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
This electronic booklet showcases the work of all seven 2016-2017 Ken Spencer Award finalists.
The Whitworth Award for Career Education Research
Two Whitworth winners were selected in 2016.
In October 2016 in Toronto, the CEA was proud to recognize Dr. George Sefa Dei for his profound impact on the development of equitable and inclusive schooling in Canada.
In May 2017, the CEA was proud to honour Dr. Maurice Tardif – Sociologist of Education in the Faculty of Educational Sciences at l’Université de Montréal – in recognition of his influential career, which has redefined the role of research in the teaching profession and the ways we develop teacher education and training policies in Canada and around the world.
The Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research
In October 2016, CEA was proud to recognize Dr. Gail Prasad – Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the department of Curriculum and Instruction, and PhD graduate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto – as the recipient of its 2016 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education. This prestigious award is in recognition of her work in redefining the ways in which teachers can maximize learning for all students in our increasingly multilingual classrooms.
The Canadian Innovators in Education Awards
CEA partnered with the Reader’s Digest Foundation of Canada for a second year to Launch the 2016 Canadian Innovators in Education Awards to celebrate and promote educators who are leading lasting and system-changing initiatives at all levels of K-12 education in Canada. $40,000 in prizes were distributed to three school districts that have influenced lasting change in their education systems.
The CEA and Reader’s Digest Canada recognized the following three school districts with awards for promoting lasting, system-wide change for K-12 students:
First Prize $25,000 - Fine Arts eCademy
Developing students’ passion for learning in and out of school
North Island Distance Education School (Navigate)
Comox Valley School District 71, Comox, B.C.
“Exploring learners’ interests, passions and strengths can bring a sense of meaning and purpose to schooling.”
Second Prize $10,000 - Continuing the Journey with the Elders
Strengthening indigenous students’ connection to their school, culture and community
School District 5 Southeast Kootenay, Cranbrook, B.C.
“A stellar example of ‘Reconciliation in action’ that should be emulated in other school communities across Canada.”
Third Prize $5,000 - Maker Educators Collaborative: Innovation in the Learning Commons
Discovering how schools can work together to forge new ways of teaching and learning
West Vancouver School District, West Vancouver, B.C.
“A blueprint for other school districts on how to break the ‘innovation’ silos that tend to exist in classrooms and schools.”
A feature-length article featuring these three award winners is available at:
The CEA Thanks You
Thank you to our growing network of supporters from ministries of education, faculties of education and school districts – thousands of courageous educators working under the radar to reach every learner despite the limitations imposed by the system
And our heartfelt gratitude to the all of our volunteer, partners, sponsors, and suppliers listed below who support our important work.
APRIL 1, 2016 TO MARCH 31, 2017
Ron Canuel, President and Chief Executive Officer
Gilles Latour, Chief Operating Officer
Max Cooke, Director of Communications
Cynthia Liberbaum, Executive Coordinator
Mia San José, Manager, Membership and Circulation
Holly Bennett, Editor, Education Canada magazine
Annie Bourret, Translation
Dave Donald, Art Director, Education Canada magazine
Marie-Thérèse Ducotterd, Administrative Support
Claire Garvey, Translation
Tanya He, Bookkeeper
Stephen Hurley, Facilitator, EdCan Network Regional Exchanges
Beth Kukkonen, Sales Manager, Education Canada magazine
Brent Logan, Graphic Design
Dale Mackenzie, Consultant, S.T.A.R.T. Professional Learning
Helen McMaster, Research
Yolande Nantel, French Editor, Education Canada / Facilitator, EdCan Network Regional Exchanges
Pierre Poulin, S.T.A.R.T. Professional Learning
André Rebeiz, Research and Writing
Eve Renaud, Translation
Edith Skewes-Cox, Translation
Glen Zacharuk, S.T.A.R.T. Professional Learning
CEA AWARD COMMITTEES
The Pat Clifford Award
Dr. Michele Jacobsen (Chair)
Dr. Catherine Burwell
Dr. Heather Kanuka
Dr. Kris Magnusson
Dr. Ann Sherman
The Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Chris Kelly (Chair)
Yves St. Maurice
Indigenous Innovation that Sticks Case Study
Dr. Michele Hogue
The CEA/Reader’s Digest Canadian Innovators in Education Award
Education Canada Editorial Board
Dr. Michelle Hogue
Dr. Michele Jacobsen
Dr. Thierry Karsenti
Dr. Louis Volante
Dr. Joel Westheimer
FINANCIAL AND IN-KIND
Dunsky Entreprise en énergie
JRP Group Insurance Solutions
Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association
Shibley Righton LLP
Reader’s Digest Canada
Spencercreo Foundation (Dr. Ken Spencer)
State Farm Canada
The CEA is extremely grateful to the educators and students of the H’a H’a Tumxulaux Outdoor Education Program, who provided extensive interviews to support the written content and analysis used in the case study report for educators tasked with integrating Indigenous Worldviews into classrooms. We would also like to thank the administrators, trustees, community members, Elders and other stakeholders from Kootenay-Columbia School District No. 20 for sharing their time, expertise, commitment and candour in providing their insights, guidance and information resources throughout this case study research process.
Sustaining Membership Support
Manitoba Education and Training
Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche - Québec
New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Ontario Ministry of Education
Prince Edward Island Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture
Yukon Department of Education
Symposium - First Nations School First! - Vancouver
Aboriginal Arts and Stories
Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
British Columbia School Superintendents Association (BCCSSA)
British Columbia Ministry of Education, Aboriginal Education
BMO Bank of Montreal, Aboriginal Banking
Cree School Board
Discovery Education Canada
Encounters with Canada
EF Education First
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
Martin Family Initiative (MFI)
Minority Media Inc.
Reader’s Digest Canada
Richmond School District No. 38
SWS Group Inc.
University of Calgary - Werklund School of Education
Wintergreen Learning Materials
CEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair, Roger Paul
Vice-Chair, Darren Googoo
Treasurer, Anne MacPhee
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ron Canuel
COUNCIL MEMBERS 2016-2017
Dr. Steve Cardwell, Associate Vice President – Academic, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
Shelley Green, Associate Superintendent, Spectrum and Victoria High School Families, Greater Victoria School District No. 62
Chris Kennedy*, Superintendent of Schools and CEO, West Vancouver School District No. 45
Dianne Turner, Official Trustee, Vancouver School Board
Judy Arnold, Deputy Minister, Department of Education
Karen Andrews, Research Director, Alberta Education
Curtis Clarke, Deputy Minister, Alberta Education
Dr. Michele Jacobsen*, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
Marie-France Kenny, Owner/Consultant, MFK Solutions and Management Consulting
Darren McKee, Executive Director, Saskatchewan School Boards Association
Dean Shareski*, Community Manager, Discovery Education Canada
Paul Cuthbert, Education Leadership Consultant, Cuthbert Consulting
Brian O’Leary, Superintendent, Seven Oaks School Division
Bramwell Strain, Deputy Minister, Department of Education and Training
Rob Adley*, Vice President, Pre-Sales and Solutions Architecture, HP Enterprise Group, Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.
Jim Costello, Director of Education, Lambton Kent District School Board
Michael Furdyk, Director of Technology, Taking IT Global
Cassandra Hallett DaSilva, Secretary General, Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Anne MacPhee*, Chief Operations Officer, Career Edge Organization
Dr. John Malloy*, Director, Toronto District School Board
Nancy Matthews, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education (Ontario) (until October 2016)
Catherine McCullough, President, CMC Leadership
Roger Paul*, directeur général, Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones
Bruce Rodrigues, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education (Ontario) (as of October 2016)
Bernard Roy, Education Consultant
Michel Bernard, secrétaire général, Association des directions générales des commissions scolaires (ADIGECS)
Dr. Monique Brodeur, doyenne, Faculté des sciences de l’éducation, Université du Québec à Montréal
Bernard Jacob*, associé (Lawyer), Morency Société d’Avocat (Morency Attorneys)
Anne Marie-Lepage, Assistant Deputy Minister, English-Speaking, Aboriginal and Cultural Communities, ministère de l’Éducation, de l’ Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (until February 2017)
Christian Rousseau, Interim Assistant Deputy Minister, External relations with English-Speaking and Aboriginal Communities, ministère de l’Éducation et de l’ Enseignement supérieur du Québec (as of February 2017)
Yves St. Maurice*, président, Association canadienne d’éducation de la langue française
John McLaughlin, Deputy Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Gérald Richard, sous-ministre, ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance
Cynthia Richards, President, The Canadian Home and School Federation
Dr. Ann Sherman, Dean, Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick
Darren Googoo*, Director of Education, Membertou First Nation
Peter McCreath*, Executive Chairman and Managing Director, PLMC
Sandra McKenzie, Deputy Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald*, Vice President – Programs and Chief Learning Officer, Holland College
Dr. Kate Tilleczek, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Prince Edward Island
Susan Willis, Deputy Minister, Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture (Prince Edward Island)
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
Darren Pike, CEO/Director of Education, Newfoundland and Labrador English School District
*Board of Directors