ETFO President Karen Brown posing in ETFO office

Voice in conversation with ETFO’s newly-elected President Karen Brown.

boys sitting in classroom

The statistics are in, finally proving what everyone with an arts education has long known: boys in Canadian schools are well behind girls in academic performance, particularity in reading and writing.

photos of the exchange teachers from this article

While our teachers are away, some write wonderful letters back to us. They deserve to be shared. I hope you enjoy these excerpts and will be inspired to consider a teaching exchange at some point in your own career.

children on computers

On October 24, 2001, MNet released a second phase of findings from Young Canadians in a Wired World: The Students' View, which examined the extent to which Canadian youth are putting themselves at risk as they explore the Internet, often with little or no supervision.

teaching friend headline in graphic format

I wanted to assess my students’ abilities to write simple French words that we had been using in class every day for two weeks. I gave them a list of the words that would be on the quiz so that they would have an idea of what would be expected of them.

kids singing

This first celebratory event was initiated by the International Registry of World Citizens to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace.

some of the people involved

One need only see the hope in the eyes of one child going through the rehabilitation process... to see that there is no needjor the kind of despair that leads to giving up. We can always find a way to help.

children making mine free world projects

As our inquiry continued, we learned more about landmines and the people affected by them. The students committed themselves to becoming proactive by sharing their new knowledge with others in the community. Jyoti continued to be involved in our inquiry, providing resources such as videos, CDs, games, and fabric to make banners.

Memee Lavell with her daughter Autumn Sky

This article was adapted with permission from "An Aboriginal Educator's Perspective on Action Research as a Strategy for Facilitating Change in Aboriginal Education," by Memee Lavell, published in the Ontario Action Researcher, Volume 3, Issue 3, 2000. The full text of the article, including bibliography and references, can be found at www.nipissingu.ca/oar.

An elder talks with students in the stands at last year's Canadian Aboriginal festival

Thousands of elementary students and their teachers will be at Toronto's SkyDome on November 29 to attend Education Day - Aboriginal Teaching Circle.