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Leaders Debate on Education (Audio and Questions)

As part our our Annual General Meeting, we held a Leaders Debate on Education on April 11, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the leaders of the Green, Liberal, NDP and PC parties on hand to respond to questions from our member parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff. More information about the debate planning and format can be found here.

Charlottetown Schools: Grants of up to $2,500 Available from City for Sustainability Projects

The Inspired City (logo)The following notice comes from the City of Charlottetown, and we've confirmed that home and school associations, and student groups, are eligible to apply for projects. Note the tight deadline of April 22, 2015.

We are now accepting applications for the City’s Community Sustainability Micro-Grant Program.  This program provides grants of up to $1,000 for youth and school groups and up to $2,500 for other groups, individuals and organizations to implement their idea to make our City more vibrant, liveable and resilient.

Workshops result in resolutions that will be considered at P.E.I. Home and School Federation's Annual Meeting (Guardian Column)

This winter the P.E.I. Home and School Federation held brainstorming workshops in Montague, Charlottetown, Summerside and Bloomfield. The workshops brought together parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators with an eye to identifying issues in public education, over the medium to long term, where the federation could take action – through resolutions, advocacy, or special projects – that would result in positive change.

The workshops were well attended and the discussions were focused and positive. Among the issues that were discussed were income and food security, breakfast and lunch programs, class composition, the role of French immersion, school busing, standardized testing, school attendance zones, and the need for a closer connection between health and education policy and operations. Notes from all of the workshops are available on the PEIHSF website, peihsf.ca.

The 2015 PISA Tests

This spring, randomly selected 15 year old students in Prince Edward Island schools will be writing PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests.

PISA testing is administered independently in Canada by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and it is CMEC that selects which students at which schools will be writing the test. PISA testing is overseen internationally by the OECD, and there's an FAQ on its website that explains the basics of the testing.

Notes from Brainstorming Workshops

Over the past month the PEI Home and School Federation has held a series of “brainstorming workshops” across the province, providing an opportunity for parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff to come together to talk about the broader issues in education where home and school can work to affect change. Notes from these four workshops have been prepared and, taken together, are a good start at identifying what these broad issues are. At our April 11, 2015 Annual General Meeting we'll use the issues identified in the workshops as a jumping-off point for more discussion, with an eye to identifying issues we can take action on. Members are encouraged to review the notes of all of the workshops.

Meeting with the Finnish Parents League

The education system in Finland has been raised several times in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in recent sittings, culminating, on November 18, 2014, with the a motion put forward by Hon. Steven Myers, Leader of the Opposition:

WHEREAS the Province of Prince Edward Island is failing to foster a culture of learning which is conducive to the highest standards worldwide;

AND WHEREAS providing Islanders with the opportunity to maximize their potential and accumulate a wide base of knowledge to achieve the upmost set of educational skills is a fundamental function of government;

AND WHEREAS there is great potential to learn significant lessons and policy solutions from a recognized leader in high standards of education skills achievement such as Finland;

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