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The Canadian Principal

The Canadian principal shares many characteristics of counterparts in other English-speaking countries. School leaders everywhere are experiencing greater demands and increasing expectations due to multiple education reforms in the last decade. Preparation programs are struggling to provide relevant training experiences to adequately prepare leader...

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Aboriginal Education in Canada

Cause for Concern  According to their parents, lack of education is the most serious problem facing aboriginal children living on reserves. A recent federally commissioned Survey of First Nations People Living on Reserves found that education was seen by 36 percent of respondents as the most pressing problem facing their young people....

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Barriers to “New Unionism” in Canadian Teacher Unions

Considerable attention, during the 1980s and 1990s, has been directed to the issue of teacher union involvement in educational reform. Both Canada and the U.S. have experienced significant educational reform, including centralization, curriculum standards, accountability measures, state or province-wide student achievement measures, and school choi...

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Accountability for Learning: How Teachers and School Leaders can Take Charge

"Educators have two choices", says Douglas Reeves, author of this important guide for school-based educators. "[They] can rail against the system, hoping that standards and testing are a passing fad, or lead the way in a fundamental reformulation of educational accountability." Reevesā latest book argues for the latter. Accountability for Learn...

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Promoting Teacher Quality

New research clearly correlates what teachers know and do with student learning. The value-added studies of Sanders and other researchers have been able to isolate teacher effects, independent of external variables such as socioeconomic status of students. With this new knowledge, student achievement can no longer be explained simply as a result of...

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Tackling the Gender Gap

Until recently, the "gender gap" in schools usually referred to the lower success rates of girls. Today, however, there has been a reversal of the "gender gap" as boys are perceived to be at-risk, especially in reading and writing achievement. This is not just a Canadian phenomenon but echoes data from other countries. The OECD reports girls out-pe...

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