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Big investment, bigger return: global education efforts for global economical gain

This report from the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity outlines and recommends what would be the largest expansion of educational opportunity in history. Countries that invest and reform to achieve the objectives will reap huge benefits that far outweigh the costs. They will gain the economic advantages that come with an educated workforce with the skills necessary to compete in the 21st century economy. The overall economic benefits will translate into sweeping gains in income and living standards at the individual level as well. Overall, the Commission estimates that if children in low-income countries who start preschool today were to experience the benefits of the Learning Generation vision, over the course of their lifetimes they could expect to earn almost five times as much as their parents, a value that would exceed the total costs of their education by a factor of 12.
The Learning Generation: Investing in Education for a Changing World


Are career models hurting the teaching profession?

The Education for All movement has resulted in a rapid expansion in primary school places across the developing world. However, this expansion has not been accompanied by an equally rapid increase in the number of qualified teachers. It has led, instead, to the recruitment of increasing numbers of unqualified teachers, lowering the status and worsening the working conditions of teachers in many countries. Some authors have been prompted to talk of a crisis in teacher motivation. This literature review from UNESCO explores the contribution of teacher career models to this motivational crisis, and asks whether a change in their administration could improve the quality of teaching in schools by motivating teachers to improve, and increasing the appeal of the profession.
Exploring the impact of career models on teacher motivation


Career exploration to help with an ever-changing job market

In this report from the University of Saskatchewan, students’ perceived self-efficacy and motivation in the context of experiential high school career education was examined through an exploratory mixed methods case study of an elective experiential career education class offered in Saskatchewan public schools. Significant differences were identified and common themes emerged across the qualitative data. Findings are discussed as they relate to social cognitive theory, self-determination theory, and implications for practice and future research.
Experiential High School Career Education, Self-Efficacy, and Motivation

CEA News

Reminder – Apply for the 2016 Ken Spencer Innovation Awards - $15K in cash prizes – Nov 10th Deadline!

How does your innovative program get students excited about learning?

Apply for the CEA’s eighth annual Ken Spencer Awards for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and receive some well-deserved affirmation that your tenacity to break the mould of traditional schooling was the right thing to do.

Seven cash awards totalling $15,000 are available to be won for your school.

Are you and your colleagues going above and beyond to ensure that no student slips through the cracks?

Have you developed a unique learning environment inside and outside of mainstream classrooms that challenges students to think critically and creatively while collaborating and problem solving?

Are you leveraging the resources available in your community to deliver real-world relevant learning?

If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, then why not apply for a Ken Spencer Award? You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Check out our award winning programs from last year.

The CEA wants to uncover more of these ‘hidden gems’ currently being delivered in schools across the country, which are producing some of the most creative and innovative pedagogical approaches for lighting a learning spark in previously disengaged youth. We want to shine a spotlight on your courage and perseverance to do things differently and share your approach with our national network.


Winning entries will be profiled nationally – to encourage peer-to-peer learning – in Education Canada Magazine (articles, videos, case studies and opinion pieces). Over the years, we’ve seen the lasting positive impact that this award can bring to educators and their schools.

Our public education system needs you to show what is possible to achieve when you’re determined to challenge the status quo and make a difference for each and every learner.

The deadline to submit your Stage 1 online application form – which will include a summary of your program in 500 words or less – is 5pm (Pacific Time) November 10, 2016.

For details on how you can apply, please visit:

Ideas that can transform learning.


Honouring the Past, Creating a Brighter Future: Kootenay-Columbia School District’s H’a H’a Tumxulaux Outdoor Education Program Recognized Nationally

The CEA to showcase how this successful Indigenous learning program is tackling youth despair by inspiring students to dream for the future.

The Kootenay-Columbia Learning Centre received a $10,000 contribution courtesy of initiative sponsor State Farm Canada to grow its activities and extend its impact. The CEA will produce a case study report about the conditions and processes that allowed H’a H’a to succeed, including the steps that could be taken to spread this innovation to other classrooms and schools across Canada.

Supported by:

This initiative is generously funded by State Farm Canada, which share CEA’s commitment to supporting leaders who are transforming Canada’s education system.


2016 Canadian Innovators in Education Award Winners: A Clean Sweep for B.C. School Districts

Great things are happening in B.C. public education. The CEA and Reader’s Digest Canada are pleased to recognize the following three school districts with awards for promoting lasting, system-wide change for K-12 students:

First Prize $25,000

Fine Arts eCademy
Developing students’ passion for learning in and out of school
North Island Distance Education School (Navigate)
Comox Valley School District 71, Comox, B.C.

“Exploring learners’ interests, passions and strengths can bring a sense of meaning and purpose to schooling.”

Second Prize $10,000

Continuing the Journey with the Elders
Strengthening indigenous students’ connection to their school, culture and community
School District 5 Southeast Kootenay, Cranbrook, B.C.

“A stellar example of ‘Reconciliation in action’ that should be emulated in other school communities across Canada.”

Third Prize $5,000

Maker Educators Collaborative: Innovation in the Learning Commons
Discovering how schools can work together to forge new ways of teaching and learning
West Vancouver School District, West Vancouver, B.C.

“A blueprint for other school districts on how to break the ‘innovation’ silos that tend to exist in classrooms and schools.”

(From left to right) Ron Canuel (CEA President and CEO), Roger Paul (CEA Chair), representative of the Fine Arts eCademy Program who accepted this $25,000 cash award and Robert Goyette (Vice-President and Editor-in-Chief of Reader's Digest Canada).

Profiles of the winning initiatives are featured in the November issue of Reader’s Digest magazine. Please visit for more information about these groundbreaking programs.


Thanks to our presenters and participants for such a successful event!

Thanks to all who made the time to join us for this special learning experience in the beautiful Musqueam Cultural Centre. We hope you’re sharing your takeaways with your colleagues.

Thanks to our generous partners and sponsors whose support made this event possible. A special expression of gratitude to the B.C. School Superintendents Association, the B.C. Ministry of Education and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada for their contributions that helped to bring speakers and presenters from across our vast country to our symposium.

Please visit: to access the student declaration video. More follow up content from this event will be produced in the coming months. Stay tuned.


To see the featured Corwin books we have selected which may be of interest to you, go to the ‘Bookstore’ section of the CEA website!

Contact for more details.

Featured Book:

Why don’t we have the same progressive appetite for pedagogy that we have for technology? Renegade leadership may be the solution. Merging best practice with innovation, renegade leadership intertwines equity, culture, and technology. Using research and real-life renegades, this book challenges you to lead in the digital age by applying transformational tenets of connected pedagogy.

Renegade Leadership

Creating Innovatitve Schools for Digital-Age Students
CEA organizational members, don't forget to use your preferred member promo code!



CEA is proud to partner with Edvantage

Attention CEA Members! We are proud to announce that CEA has partnered with Edvantage to provide our members and their staff with access to savings, special offers, contests and exclusive events from over 50 partners. Visit to view a full list of Edvantage partners. To sign up, go to and register using the online form. For more information contact
Organizational members of CEA (incl. school districts, faculties of education and associations), please pass on this great benefit to your staff members!



Please take the 5-minute Education Canada Reader Survey

We want Education Canada to be as relevant, thought-provoking and engaging as it can be – and to do that we need to know how our readers feel about what’s inside. Please help us by giving your quick feedback.

Complete this 5-minute online survey by November 4 to secure your chance to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet.



School Calendar 2016-2017

CEA's School Calendar , published annually in September, provides all opening and closing dates, PA/PD Days, statutory holidays, and spring breaks for mid to large school boards across Canada. This free downloadable resource is an essential tool for conference, event, and vacation planners, and has been one of the most downloaded documents from the CEA’s website for the past three years.

School Calendar 2016-2017 


Education Canada December 2016 Issue

Education Canada, CEA’s flagship publication, offers readers insight into Canadian education with both English and French content. The magazine examines issues, trends, leadership, policy, practice and research in education.  Please contact us for exciting advertising opportunities (print and online) and connect with CEA members and education professionals in a $75 billion sector!
Space closing for the December 2016 issue is November 4, 2016.


We Need Your Photos of Real Teachers, Principals and District Administrators!

With a new website in development that showcases the work of our growing network, we want to collect as many photos of real educators working in their school districts, schools and classrooms as we can to show the real faces of Canadian education. Show off your schools’ collaborative spirit and thirst for learning. A special emphasis on educators teaching one another would be most appreciated.

Please send your photos to or tweet them with the hashtag #facesofcdned.

Big thanks from the CEA team!


The CEA is Moving!

On Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, the CEA will be moving from its current location to a new office. Our office will be closed on October 26th and 27th to accommodate for the move, and we will resume operations on Friday, October 28th. Effective October 28th, our new address will be:

60 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 703
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 1N5

Our website, email, phone, fax, and toll-free phone numbers will remain the same.

Latest Education Research

Professional development, collaboration and teaching support [Infographic]

Réseau d’information pour la réussite éducative (RIRE)
(in French only)



Lindamood-Bell offers solutions for many learning difficulties. Join us for our highly interactive Workshops in Toronto, Edmonton, and Halifax. Learn to develop reading, spelling, comprehension, and math with our unique programs that focus on the processes necessary for reading and comprehension. For more information and to register, visit


Classroom Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in a Reggio Emilia Context – The Language of Technology

October 28, 2016
Strathcona Hotel Downtown, Toronto

This is a unique one-time only workshop combining a hands-on Invent To Learn workshop with a visit to the extraordinary Wonder of Learning Exhibition from Reggio Emilia, Italy.

With Gary Stager, Ph.D.
co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.

For more information and to register, please visit:


7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit
“Redefining Schools of the Future”

November 3, 2016
MaRSDD, Toronto
Mindshare Learning Technology challenges you, whether you’re an education leader in K12 or HED, or an industry leader to join them for this one-day highly engaging summit to connect, inspire and innovate the next generation of learning environments as a legacy to our future leaders.
For more information and to register, please visit:


Sharing Indigenous Voices: From Thoughts to Being
2016 National Gathering for Indigenous Education

November 4-5, 2016
Royal York Hotel, Toronto
Closing the gap in Indigenous education is key for the future of Canada and its Indigenous communities. This conference is a great opportunity for educators and others to share knowledge and work together on solutions to improving the academic outcomes of K-12 Indigenous students.
For more information and to register, please visit:


2016 Annual Learning Forward Conference

Dec. 3-7, 2016
Vancouver Convention Centre
When it comes to learning about educator professional learning, this is THE conference. Join thousands of other practitioners, presenters, and thought leaders that attend each year as they share:
  • How to solve professional development challenges at all levels;
  • New research;
  • Introductory- and advanced-level learning; and
  • The latest topics and data on professional learning best practices and technology.
Don't miss this chance to collaborate with education leaders from around the world and gain valuable connections, tools, learning opportunities, and strategies.
For more information and to register, please visit:

Employment Opportunities

CEA Career Opportunity 
We need a Digital Marketing Manager – a fluently bilingual (French and English oral and written) online community manager for CEA’s website and social media channels. The ideal candidate knows how to leverage social media to build visibility for CEA content. Knowledge of videography and post-production would be considered distinct assets. 

This could be a great opportunity for an education Masters/PhD student with a passion for educational change. 
Please email for more information.

Place your employment opportunity here and reach CEA’s pan-Canadian network of education professionals by contacting