the past 15 years or so, the burgeoning influence and activity of education
corporations and other businesses in schools and on education policy has become
a crucial conversation in the sphere of public education around the world. More
on corporate intrusion in public education.
her first message as Secretary General, Cassandra Hallett DaSilva explains the
PATH for the Canadian Teachers’ Federation’s strategic plan which will lead the
federation’s to its 100th anniversary in 2020.
coming federal election and beyond, teachers can give voice to their students’
needs through the CTF campaign "Hear My Voice ". Many of the issues that affect teaching
and learning in schools are connected to federal jurisdiction. Teachers can
raise their voices for child and youth mental health and child poverty.
early October 2014, CTF hosted Camp VOX,
a three-day political advocacy training event designed for staff and elected
officials of its Member organizations, Associate and Affiliate Members. Ian
Pettigrew of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation reflects on his personal
experience at Camp VOX.
Too often, teachers are left to their own device on
how to help children with a wide range of learning disabilities and mental
health issues. Ron Muller, member of CTF’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and
Human Rights, describes his own experience in starting “courageous”
conversations with his students in the classroom about mental health.
Given student enrolment cuts in faculties of education, Carol Jolin, President of the
Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO),
explains how these measures are jeopardizing the quality of French-language
education in minority settings in Canada.
Who never experienced the situation, as an Anglophone or a
Francophone, where French-speakers outnumbered English-speakers, but people
spoke English nonetheless? Why does this happen?
March 8th is celebrated around the world
to celebrate women’s achievements and to mobilize for gender equality. In her
article, Shelley Morse, President of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and CTF VP
responsible for the Federation’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women,
describes teacher organizations’ role in advocating for women.
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation was among several
civil society, academic, Aboriginal and human rights organizations that
contributed to a recent report published by the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives
(CCPA) which documents Canada’s progress towards gender equity over the past
out how the actions of teacher organizations overseas, supported by Canadian
teachers and their organizations, are having an impact in alleviating the
effects of Ebola-stricken countries.
Last November, 55 students and 30 teachers came
together in Ottawa for two days to participate in a Student Summit to support
the Keep the Promise anti-poverty campaign. Find out what teachers had to say
about their experience.
Awareness Programs are
at the heart of this article submitted by the Rick Hansen School Program. It
explains how a positive climate that emphasizes high expectations for caring
relationships and respectful interactions plays a key role in academic success.