Education Today Spring 2016 Highlights

Features

The Power of Restorative Practices

By Jennifer Lewington

In schools, restorative practices can be used effectively to manage in-school conflicts and heal relationships between students. As author Jennifer Lewington writes, they also have the potential to reinforce a deeper sense of community within the entire school and promote learning.   

Building School Communities One Parent at a Time

By Kim Arnott

"It all may look like relaxed and entertaining play," writes Kim Arnott. This article explores the key role of Parenting and Family Literacy Centres in preparing young children for educational success and in developing strong relationships between parents and schools.

Enhancing Opportunities for Inner-City Students

By Sharon Aschaiek

The Toronto District School Board launched the Model Schools for Inner Cities (MSIC) 10 years ago to help at-risk students academically. As author Sharon Aschaiek notes, MSIC now runs in more than 100 city schools and provides an increasing number of much-needed community and education supports for students and their families.

Keep Calm and Carry On
Students Make the Transition

By Saul Chernos

Transitions are a fact of life. In education, students have had their own responses to leaving elementary school for high school, and then graduating from high school to the world of postsecondary education or work. Saul Chernos takes a look at some examples of how school boards are working hard to make sure that these key life changes go smoothly for students and their families.

RESPs 101

By Sapna Goel

Registered Education Savings Plans can help parents save for a child's postsecondary education. Sapna Goel provides some helpful tips and resources.