Tag Archives: Education

Challenges and rewards of modern teaching Diversity in the classroom depends on a community of support

Increased diversity in classrooms brings a huge importance in encouraging inclusivity.

A participant in a 2014 study on inclusivity in Alberta schools expressed the experience of a contemporary classroom: “I find it more and more difficult to support these students as the needs of students increase, class sizes increase, the complexity of students increases, and the complexity of social situations becomes more dire.” Continue reading Challenges and rewards of modern teaching Diversity in the classroom depends on a community of support

Choosing where to send your child to school Decide what you want for your child’s school experience

My four-year-old son will be entering kindergarten next year and it’s got me thinking about which school he will attend and what I believe about schools.

Schools should act as community hubs, creating relationships between families that endure for years and contribute to neighbourhood resiliency. This is particularly important in inner city neighbourhoods like ours. Continue reading Choosing where to send your child to school Decide what you want for your child’s school experience

Learn new things in a stress-free environment Non-profit association helps promote lifelong learning

If memories of academia make you shudder with the studying, assignments, and tests, consider the Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association (ELLA), a non-profit association working in partnership with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension to promote lifelong learning opportunities for adults 50 years and older Continue reading Learn new things in a stress-free environment Non-profit association helps promote lifelong learning

School board candidates hit campaign trail Meet the candidates running for school board trustees

As students return to school, candidates hoping to represent them and their parents as school board trustees are hitting the campaign trail before the Oct. 16 election. Seats are available in Ward 73 of Edmonton Catholic School District and Ward D of Edmonton Public Schools.

Jeff Lee, a teacher and owner of a learning support centre, as well as a candidate for Ward 73, sees education as a cornerstone of social development. In his work with Treaty 8, he saw gaps in how government funding gets allocated. Continue reading School board candidates hit campaign trail Meet the candidates running for school board trustees

Education gives more than just knowledge One student’s story about lessons she’s learned

“You were not created to live an average life. You were created to be a history maker.” – Unknown author

Sitting in the airplane coming to Canada, I meditated on this spiritual quote. I was 19 years old, a sponsored immigrant from Rwanda, and I didn’t speak English.

As a young African woman, I have a great desire to share my life experience with many people and use all my abilities to make a positive impact. As a Tutsi genocide survivor in Rwanda who is overcoming the tragedy of my past, I have a lot to share. Continue reading Education gives more than just knowledge One student’s story about lessons she’s learned

Giving children a head start for school Local program gets children ready for kindergarten

Sometimes children need a helping hand, and the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre’s Head Start program does just that.

“Head Start is a free, inclusive learn-through-play program for children three-and-a-half to five years old of qualifying families,” said Meagan Highet, program manager. Head Start aims to help children develop the skills needed for kindergarten. Interested families should contact Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre for more information and to see if they qualify. Continue reading Giving children a head start for school Local program gets children ready for kindergarten

The unexpected price of higher education Canadian students have world’s fifth-highest tuition cost

I am a communications student specializing in journalism at MacEwan University. Money quickly became a large factor in my decisions, including my choice of school to attend. I decided to take the first two years of my degree at a college with tuition costs nearly half that of Edmonton rates, but needed to transfer to a university to complete my degree.

Even after making financially stringent decisions, my student debt will fall slightly below the national average of $27,000, as per the Canadian Federation of Students.

Continue reading The unexpected price of higher education Canadian students have world’s fifth-highest tuition cost

The biggest risk means following your dreams Making the decision to return to school was a huge debate

Some people might call me crazy. During a major economic downturn, why would I leave a full-time, decent paying union job with pension and benefits? That’s a big risk to take at 36 years old. Maybe I am crazy. After all, I don’t know if this is truly the right career path for me. But this idea has been at the back of my head for a long time.

Continue reading The biggest risk means following your dreams Making the decision to return to school was a huge debate