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SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GRANTS PROGRAM

Program Media Improvement Grants Awarded to Schools Six BC elementary schools have been awarded grants to boost their students’ literacy skills. The grants are part of an innovative program to assist public schools serving low-income and at-risk students develop new literacy strategies. Out of an original 37 applicants, sev...

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Technology: Wired for Learning

To most Canadians, the introduction of technology to schools over the last decade has meant the acquisition of hardware - both computers and infrastructure. StatsCan reports the national average is 15 - 20 students per computer, ranging from 21 students in Quebec to five students in the Yukon. However, the view that a computer in front of every chi...

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Book Review: Organizing for Successful School-Based Management

Why do some schools and districts thrive in a decentralized environment while others simply go through the motions? What factors foster improved performance through school-based management? To discover the answers, the authors spent four years studying 40 schools in the USA, Canada and Australia. All the schools had been engaged in site based ma...

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Class Size Policy

Class size reduction (commonly referred to as CSR) is a conspicuous feature of the last decade of public education reform. CSR refers to lowering the actual number of students in a single classroom. It should not be confused with teacher/pupil ratio which counts all educators within a school. CSR is an educational, economic and political issue o...

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Special Needs Students: Being Accountable for their Learning

Main streaming and integration are embedded in the philosophy of North American public education systems. Inclusion is recognized as a right, and policies and practices are evolving to reflect this. In the U.S.A., inclusion is a civil right guaranteed under federal law. For more than a decade, the integration of special needs children (generally...

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