Provincial Education Reform Consultation

Four high school students in a fall scene outside a school

On September 28, the Ministry of Education released their Consultation: Education in Ontario. The release was the first piece of this consultation and includes an online submission form. Information regarding a separate online survey for more feedback will be announced in the coming weeks. The first consultation asks for feedback and comments on the following areas:

  1. Improving student performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM
  2. Preparing students with needed job skills, such as skilled trades and coding
  3. Improving provincial standardized testing
  4. Ensuring students graduate with important life skills, including financial literacy
  5. Managing the use of technology in classrooms, such as cell phones
  6. Building a new age-appropriate Health and Physical Education curriculum that includes subjects like mental health, sexual health education and the legalization of cannabis
  7. Developing the first-ever Parents’ Bill of Rights 
Information regarding telephone town halls was released on October 18, 2018, with the first taking place on October 19, 2018, for stakeholders in Northwestern Ontario. The telephone town hall dates are listed in the table below:
RegionDates
Northwestern Ontario (including the surrounding area of Thunder Bay, Kenora)
  • October 19: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT)
  • November 14: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Southwestern Ontario (including the surrounding area of Windsor, Sarnia, London, Kitchener)
  • October 23: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • November 1: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (French)
  • November 10: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Greater Toronto Area – West
  • October 25: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Hamilton)
  • October 26: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Peel, Halton)
  • October 29: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Niagara)
Greater Toronto Area – North (York)
  • October 24: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • November 13: 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Greater Toronto Area – East (Durham)
  • October 29: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • November 8: 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Toronto
  • October 25: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • October 27: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • November 1: 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Central Ontario (including the surrounding area of Barrie, Peterborough)
  • November 15: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • November 21: 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Northeastern Ontario (including the surrounding area of North Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie)
  • October 23: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • November 20: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • November 26: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (French)
  • November 29: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Eastern Ontario (including the surrounding area of Kingston, Brockville, Cornwall)
  • October 30: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • November 16: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • November 22: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ottawa
  • October 24: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • October 30: 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. (French)
  • November 2: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

OPSBA will be reviewing the consultation document and questions, and sharing information with our members. OPSBA’s Policy Development and Education Program Work Teams will take the lead on the Association’s response. The deadline is December 15, 2018.