School Climate & Safety Opinion British Columbia's Curriculum: A Glimpse of the Future?
Marc Tucker speaks with the leader of British Columbia's recent curriculum reforms that were co-created with teachers across the province.
English-Language Learners Video Nine Ways Canadian Teachers Support English-Learners
Three-fourths of the roughly 500 students at Islington Junior Middle School in Toronto, speak a language other than English at home. There are also a growing number of refugee children from Syria settling here, many of whom have had interrupted schooling and are not at grade level in their home language. Canadian teachers use a variety of methods to teach these children to read and write in English, with remarkable success.
English-Language Learners Video English-Learners Are Thriving in Canadian Schools
About a third of Canada’s school-age population is either immigrants themselves or have at least one parent who was born in a different country. Yet, despite the well-known challenges immigrants face, Canada has one of the highest-performing education systems in the world. How do they do it? English-learners in Canada have access to a range of services both inside and outside the classroom, including experienced teachers and extra funding, outside tutoring and mentoring programs, as well as social programs and free health care. And with mostly positive community support for immigrants, it’s easy to see how these students thrive in their new host country. But Canada is not immune to the rising anti-immigrant sentiment that has become more pervasive in the U.S. and in European countries in recent years.
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Immigration and Education
Ray Marshall, Secretary of Labor in the Carter administration is a distinguished labor economist - and personal friend - who long ago decided that education is perhaps the most important key to broadly shared prosperity in modern industrial economies. So he has spent a lot of his time over the last three decades working to understand what policies make for effective national education systems. More recently, he has turned his attention to national immigration policy. Some might see this as switching fields, but not Ray. As far as he is concerned, if the aim is broadly shared national prosperity, education policy and immigration policy are two sides of the same coin.