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Handwriting is still an important skill

January 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Handwriting is still an important skill

Handwriting helps students move information from short-term memories to long-term memories By Michael Zwaagstra Many progressive educators believe that handwriting is obsolete in the 21st century. It isn’t hard to see how they came to this conclusion.  Computers are everywhere and an increasing number of schools expect students, even those in grade 1, to do their work on […]

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Alberta Teachers Association proposes wrong fix for SLAs

October 1, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Alberta Teachers Association proposes wrong fix for SLAs

Zwaagstra says Alberta Teachers Association proposal just as bad as the problem The Alberta Teachers Association has correctly identified a problem but in doing so it has missed the bigger picture. The Alberta Teachers Association is worried about administering the province’s new Student Learning Assessments (SLA) for Grade 3 students. They say that teachers do not […]

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BC teachers strike may be over with tentative deal

September 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
BC teachers strike may be over with tentative deal

Students already missed two weeks of school because of BC teachers strike A tentative deal has been reached in the BC teachers strike, a mediator confirmed Tuesday. The breakthrough in negotiations came on the fifth day of talks at a Richmond, B.C., hotel between the union and the employers’ association with the help of Vince Ready. Ready, […]

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Clearview Public Schools takes budget and audit debate behind closed doors

December 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
Clearview Public Schools takes budget and audit debate behind closed doors

Clearview Public Schools trustees debate spending on “retreat” by Peter Simons Clearview Public Schools trustees received the 2012-13 audit, passed the final 2013-14 budget and discussed plans for a retreat at their Nov. 28  board meeting all while keeping what they could private. Although the budget memo delivered by Superintendent John Bailey noted that Clearview […]

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Online education: Charter K-12 schools bad for Alberta, warns report

October 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Online education: Charter K-12 schools bad for Alberta, warns report

Mother of two boys enrolled in online education says e-school a big positive for her sons Calling online education for K-12 a “disturbing” trend, a new report says Albertans should be wary of implementing the system here. The Parkland Institute’s report focuses on online education research from the United States where cyber charter schools are growing in […]

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K-12 online education threat to Alberta public system

October 14, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
K-12 online education threat to Alberta public system

American online K-12 online education companies undermines public school system By Diana Gibson   For adults, falling leaves evoke Norman Rockwell scenes of school drop-offs, homework and planning Halloween costumes. For a growing number of students in North America, that picture is totally different. Rather than hoisting a backpack and throwing leaves in the school […]

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Back to school toolkit offers tips and advice for parents and students

August 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Back to school toolkit offers tips and advice for parents and students

Province offers back to school toolkit as resource for everyone The Alberta Government is offering a new back to school toolkit full of helpful tips and information for the upcoming school year for parents, students, teachers and administrators. Students will find information about their curriculum, helpful study tips and links to information on bullying prevention, […]

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University of Alberta occupational therapy students in South America

August 11, 2013 | By | Reply More
University of Alberta occupational therapy students in South America

University of Alberta students adopting a global perspective A group of nine University of Alberta students learned some important lessons while conducting clinical placement in Bogota, Columbia. The students gained valuable insights into issues surrounding art therapy, music programs, safe sex and clean needles throughout their experience which began on March 21 until May 3. […]

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Two Calgary student leaders earn Schulic Leader Scholarships for U of C

July 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Two Calgary student leaders earn Schulic Leader Scholarships for U of C

Recognizing Canada’s brightest young leaders with four year $60,000 scholarships Two of Calgary’s brightest high school students have been awarded Schulic Leader Scholarships at the University of Calgary. Jonah Zankl and Xiongyi Cui are two out of 40 talented high school students that have been chosen as Schulic scholars. Each of them is entitled to […]

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Income tax refund – invest it in your kids

May 7, 2013 | By | Reply More
Income tax refund – invest it in your kids

Expert suggests investing income tax refund in RESP With the average income tax refund at approximately $1,700 according to the Canada Revenue Agency, families with young children ought to be looking at making contributions to a Registered Education Savings Plan to secure their education. Parents with young children can defer paying down the mortgage, springing […]

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