For more detailed information, please download the 2017-2018 EdCan Network Annual Performance Report.
Message from the Chair
We all know that we’re living in a rapidly changing Canada that has intensified the pressures of being an educator in today’s classrooms. We’re now responsible for delivering learning in an environment that can include students experiencing suicidal ideation, gender and cultural identity challenges, and 24/7 bullying to name a few. Many of us are often placed in the position of student caregiver tasked with offering support that may even contradict what their own caregivers may want. During these moments, we realize that we didn’t choose education – education chose us, and we did, in fact, sign up for this. But we can’t make as big a difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable and hard-to-reach students if we don’t look after our own well-being. This is why I was so proud that our network hosted an event last October to learn what we could do better and differently to help students and staff struggling with issues of mental health, and our leadership roles in putting the necessary support structures in place.
This event also exemplified how our network shares research and good practice without bias. We don’t shy away from the difficult conversations that we know we need to have to gain new ideas and learn from each other. It’s a role that generations of educators before me have contributed to this organization – for over 127 years – as a clearinghouse of learning resources that can help to counteract a growing skepticism in mainstream and social media about education policy and practice decisions. Beyond educator well-being, in 2017-2018, our authors explored the issues surrounding school closure and parental involvement, and highlighted some of the trends that will influence how we teach and learn in the future.
Our work, like the delivery of education, continues to evolve with the times. I’m extremely grateful to our members: the ministries of education, school districts, faculties of education, professional associations and individuals who’s memberships we rely on to support educators in ensuring that all children fulfill their lives and live up to their potential. There’s a place in our network for anyone who wants to contribute to this task.
After 125 years, the Canadian Education Association (CEA) – the leading independent national bilingual voice in Canadian K-12 education – launched the EdCan Network, which includes over 75,000 courageous educators working tirelessly to ensure that all students discover their place, purpose and path.
In 2017-2018, we intensified our information dissemination work, connecting the dots between policy, research and practice through our bilingual research, events and publications – to offer a deeper perspective, beyond the entrenched echo chambers, to help educators make sense of some of the most complex issues facing Canadian public education today.
In 2017-2018, we aimed to increase our impact through the delivery of content, programs and services in support of Canadian educators with the following interconnected activities:
Educator Well-being: A Key to Student Success – Toronto, Ont.
We know that students’ well-being is top-of-mind in our schools, but can the same be said for teacher well-being? For support staff? For principals and superintendents?
Leading experts shared the latest data on how stress and anxiety affect learning and the workplace factors that can protect and support student and educator mental health and well-being.
A multimedia follow-up report includes presentation recaps and videos from two days of engaging keynotes, panel discussions and workshops that inspired attendees to answer the following questions:
- What is well-being?
- What does student success look like?
- And how can school districts lead systemic change to meet unique learner needs?
EdCan Network Advisory Council Meeting – Toronto, Ont.
Signals of Change – The Power of Networked Thinking
Through ten gatherings in five regions between October 2016 and May 2017, these Regional Exchanges provided an invaluable opportunity for the EdCan Network to put its “ear to the ground.” We heard from over 100 participants (teachers, parents, principals, superintendents and other education community leaders) who offered their unique experiences and insights to collectively identify the top priorities for public education now, and in the future.
In this pan-Canadian consultation, our leadership network of Advisory Council Members delivered strategic advice for how we could best mobilize this valuable knowledge to influence future policy-making decisions.
51st CEOs’ Forum – Ottawa. Ont.
With such rewarding dialogue, relevant insiders’ discussions and case study presentations produced by school district leaders for district leaders, participants received a first-hand pan-Canadian vantage point of the challenges and opportunities that their peers are facing across the nation. Co-hosted by Denise Andre (Director of Education of the Ottawa Catholic School Board), last year’s Forum included the following case study presentations and round table discussions:
- Education systems leader well-being
- Indigenous Leadership Professional Learning Model
- Cross Country Check Up – Sharing what’s working and what isn’t in my province.
- Taking mainstream and social media relations to the next level
Superintendents' Association Forum – Toronto, Ont.
At this annual pan-Canadian gathering, provincial superintendent association leaders compared notes on the myriad of issues and trends affecting their district leaders. Best practices and change strategies were shared on embedding worldview perspective into all classrooms, accommodating refugees and newcomers into schools, and preparing for the implications of legalizing cannabis.
The 2017 ‘Innovation that Sticks’ Dropout Prevention Case Study Research Program
Since 2015, the EdCan Network has implemented this research approach to provide concrete guidance and support to school district leaders faced with the challenge of determining how they can get their own “innovations to stick” and achieve their goals.
In 2017–2018, we implemented two case study research projects: one in Quebec due to this province’s extensive focus on dropout prevention and one alternative dropout prevention program in British Columbia for Indigenous learners, which produced the following two case study reports:
The Rural Advantage: Rallying Communities Around Our Students case study report calls on school-community leaders to consider a made-in-Canada approach that raises literacy rates, prevents early school leaving and breathes life back into small towns. This step-by-step guidebook provides a practical toolkit and worksheets based on the concrete experiences of the “L’ÉcoRéussite” program, which has developed a “community ecosystem” action plan in collaboration with the CTREQ: a Quebec-based research and knowledge mobilization centre.
Reconciliation in Action: Creating a Learning Community for Indigenous Student Success demonstrates how non-Indigenous teachers and principals can implement reconciliation initiatives immediately, which responds to commonly-held fears about not teaching Indigenous cultures and histories accurately and respectfully. It is a timely support resource that aligns with the direction of provincial school systems that are developing curricula to implement Indigenous perspectives into all grade levels and aspects of schooling.
The Facts on Education
Over the years, our fact sheets have developed a reputation for translating impartial research into answers to some of today’s most pressing questions from parents and teachers.
With the continued support of the Canadian School Board Association (CSBA), we teamed up with researchers affiliated with Quebec’s LEARN Network to produce the following four evidence-based fact sheets:
- How could students’ use of social media be affecting their mental health?
- Parents and School Choice: What are the implications?
- How do Makerspaces heighten student engagement?
- What is the impact of physical education on students’ well-being and academic success
Additional resources for parents and educators are available online for each newsletter topic on the EdCan Network’s website.
Published since 1949, this bilingual quarterly magazine is rooted in the Canadian education experience and perspective and is considered a trusted source for research and opinion on some of the most pressing issues facing our education systems.
The following themes were explored in 2017-2018:
Over the past year, 283,659 article pages were consulted for an average time view of 3:02 minutes.
Regional Exchanges Report
Our Regional Exchanges formed vital hubs that articulated the very real and practical ways that provincial education communities across Canada are responding to their unique challenges and opportunities. Identifying the Signals of Change Impacting the Future of our Public Education Systems recapped participants’ discussions, including their priorities for our education systems now and in the future.
A similar report, Le Forum régional francophone pancanadien de l’éducation, was produced from our francophone exchanges held in Quebec and in Ontario.
Our March 2018 Signals of Change edition of Education Canada Magazine included a cross-section of our Regional Exchange contributors – teachers, principals, superintendents and academics – who explored how the emerging big ideas shared at our sessions could be creatively applied to education, why it may be important to do so, and the drawbacks or risks that need to be guarded against.
The Education Canada Bulletin E-Newsletter
Published since 1957, this monthly e-newsletter is a trusted research dissemination tool for busy educators.
Education Canada Bulletin E-Newsletter Subscriber Statistics
The EdCan Wire
Launched in February 2018, this bimonthly mashup of the latest education news, good practices, policy developments, emerging research, opinion pieces and social media content connects the dots across 13 Canadian education systems. The EdCan Wire keeps over than 2,000 educators in the know about what’s happening in Canadian education.
The EdCan Network School Calendar
An essential tool providing all opening and closing dates, statutory holidays, and spring breaks for elementary and secondary schools across Canada, this free resource continues to be one of our most downloaded documents.
Digital Engagement Strategy
The EdCan Network website launched in June 2017, elevating the prominence of our highly respected Education Canada Magazine, popular fact sheets and insightful commentary, supported by our social media channels to reinforce our essential role in influencing the narrative on issues of vital importance in Canadian public education.
Social Media Statistics
Our social media presence increased from April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018.
- Over 7,743 YouTube views;
- 7,659 Twitter followers (6,157 @EdCan and 1,502 @EdCanPub);
- 2,313 LinkedIn followers (July 2018); and
- 1,392 Facebook Page followers.
The Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
The 2017–2018 award winners showcased how teachers provided students with the autonomy and flexibility to take their learning to the land; to use technology as a tool for equity; to explore Indigenous-centred perspectives and to blend art, science and social justice to focus on real-world problems.
This electronic booklet showcases the work of all seven 2017–2018 Ken Spencer Award finalists:
The Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research
This prestigious award recognizes the work of emerging researchers – their research contributions, their promise, and their commitment to breaking new ground or revisiting commonly held assumptions in education policy, practice or theory in Canada.
Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson – Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Regina – was the 2017 recipient in recognition of her extensive research around teacher professional development (PD) across Canada, which has the potential to reform policies in support of equitable, job-embedded and teacher-driven professional learning.
To Access a Q&A Article with Dr. Osmond-Johnson, and for a bibliography of her work, visit: www.edcan.ca/cliffordaward2017
The EdCan Network Thanks You
Every aspect of our research programs, professional learning and publications depends on our network of members, sponsors and supporters (detailed in the list below) who commit their valuable time, expertise and resources to produce such high quality work for Canadian educators.
APRIL 1, 2017 TO MARCH 31, 2018
Ron Canuel, President and Chief Executive Officer (until September 2017)
Gilles Latour, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Co-CEO (from September 2017)
Max Cooke, Director of Communications and Interim Co-CEO (from September 2017)
Sophie H.-Bienvenue, Digital Marketing Coordinator
Cynthia Liberbaum, Executive Coordinator (until October 2017)
Mia San José, Manager, Membership and Circulation
Holly Bennett, Editor, Education Canada magazine
Dave Donald, Art Director, Education Canada magazine
Marie-Thérèse Ducotterd, Administrative Support
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, Consultant, S.T.A.R.T. Professional Learning
Johanne Raynault, Translation
André Rebeiz, Consultant, Innovation that Sticks Case Study Research Program
Eve Renaud, Translation
Edith Skewes-Cox, Translation
Glen Zacharuk, Consultant, S.T.A.R.T. Professional Learning
EDCAN NETWORK AWARD COMMITTEES
The Pat Clifford Award
Dr. Michele Jacobsen (Chair)
Dr. Catherine Burwell
Dr. Heather Kanuka
Dr. Kris Magnusson
Dr. Sharon Friesen
The Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Chris Kelly (Chair)
Yves St. Maurice
THE 2017 ‘INNOVATION THAT STICKS’ DROPOUT PREVENTION CASE STUDY RESEARCH PROGRAM
Indigenous Case Study Research Program
Dr. Michele Hogue
Dr. Sean Lessard
Dr. Gordon Martell
The EdCan Network expresses its gratitude to Central Okanagan Public Schools (B.C. School District 23), as well as to the educators, students, and community members of the Academy of Indigenous Studies, who have provided extensive testimonies to support the written content and analysis contained in this case study report.
Quebec Case Study Research Program
Dr. Nancy Gaudreau
Dr. Claire Lapointe
Dr. Michel Perron:
Dr. Sylvie Roy
The EdCan Network expresses its gratitude to the educators, students, and community members of the L’ÉcoRéussite program, who have provided extensive testimonies to support the written content and analysis contained in this case study report. We would also like to thank the Centre de transfert pour la réussite éducative du Québec (CTREQ) for providing information resources throughout this case study research process, and for creating the framework for school-family-community partnerships via an ecosystem approach.
Education Canada Editorial Board
Dr. Michelle Hogue
Dr. Michele Jacobsen
Dr. Thierry Karsenti
Dr. Louis Volante
Dr. Joel Westheimer
FINANCIAL AND IN-KIND
The Phelps Group Inc.
Canadian School Board Association
Spencercreo Foundation (Dr. Ken Spencer)
State Farm Canada
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 - Educator Well-Being: The Key To Student Success - Toronto
Assembly of First Nations
Corwin, A SAGE Company
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Discovery Education Canada
Encounters with Canada (a program of Historica Canada)
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being (KNAER)
Ontario Ministry of Education
Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF)
Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF)
Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP)
Retired Teachers of Ontario
The Learning Partnership
Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
EDCAN NETWORK BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair, Darren Googoo
Vice-Chair, Yves Saint-Maurice
Treasurer, Anne MacPhee
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ron Canuel (until September 2017)
Co-Interim CEOs, Max Cooke and Gilles Latour (from September 2017)
COUNCIL MEMBERS 2017-2018
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 (until October 2017)
Kevin Kaardal, Superintendent of Schools/CEO, Central Okanagan Public Schools (School District 23) (as of October 2017)
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 (until September 2017)
Rob Wood, Deputy Minister, Yukon Department of Education (as of October 2017)
Karen Andrews, Research Director, Alberta Education
Dr. Michele Jacobsen*, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
Dr. Heather Kanuka, Full Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta (as of October 2017)
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
Duane Brothers, Superintendent of Schools, Louis Riel School Division (as of October 2017)
Paul Cuthbert, Education Leadership Consultant, Cuthbert Consulting
Brian O’Leary, Superintendent, Seven Oaks School Division
Bramwell Strain, Deputy Minister, Department of Education and Training
James Wilson, Deputy Minister, Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning (as of October 2017)
Rob Adley*, Vice President, Pre-Sales and Solutions Architecture, HP Enterprise Group, Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co.
Denise Andre*, Director of Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board (as of October 2017)
Janice Ciavaglia, Director of Education, Assembly of First Nations (as of October 2017)
Jim Costello, Director of Education, Lambton Kent District School Board (until October 2017)
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 (until October 2017)
Catherine McCullough, President, CMC Leadership
Roger Paul*, Director General, Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones
Bruce Rodrigues, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education
Bernard Roy, Education Consultant
Michel Bernard, Corporate Secretary, Association des directions générales des commissions scolaires (ADIGECS)
Dr. Monique Brodeur, Dean, Faculté des sciences de l’éducation, Université du Québec à Montréal
Michael Chechile, Director of Education, Lester B Pearson School Board (as of October 2017)
Bernard Jacob*, Associate (Lawyer), Morency Société d’Avocat (Morency Attorneys) (until October 2017)
Normand Lessard, Director of Education, Commission scolaire Beauce-Etchemin (CSBE) (as of October 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
Yves St. Maurice*, President, Association canadienne d’éducation de la langue française
Lyne-Chantal Boudreau, Professor, Université de Moncton (as of October 2017)
John McLaughlin, Deputy Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Gérald Richard, Deputy Minister, ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance
Cynthia Richards, President, The Canadian Home and School Federation
The late Ann Sherman, Dean, Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick (until August 2017)
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 (until January 2018)
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
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
Donna Miller Fry, Assistant Director of Education (Programs/Western Region), Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (as of October 2017)
Darrin Pike, Administrative Officer, Programs and Services, Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association
*Board of Directors