Canada Education Association
Education Canada Bulletin
Ideas to support education leaders
MARCH 2017

Education Research Highlights

Creating a Compassionate Classroom

Produced by the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association, this booklet serves as a helpful reference to encourage the development of more compassionate classrooms by providing insights into mental health, mental illness, and how educators can help students, their colleagues and themselves. This booklet aims to influence schools and communities to change how they look at mental health and mental illness, school culture, education, policy and partnerships.

Creating a Compassionate Classroom


Are we leveling the playing field? Trends and disparities in sports participation among sexual minority youth in Canada

Despite growing popular media attention on the participation of sexual minority youth in sports and various campaigns to improve the often homophobic climate of sports, there is limited evidence that sexual minority youth participate in sports. This study from the UBC’s School of Population and Public Health provides a current portrait of sports participation among three groups of sexual minority youth (lesbian, gay, and bisexual) in B.C., as well as to document population trends.
Despite changing societal attitudes and laudable efforts to reduce homophobia in sports, results suggest that there are continued barriers to participation for sexual minority youth. Further research is needed to understand the factors that limit sports participation for these youth and to inform program development.

Are we leveling the playing field? Trends and disparities in sports participation among sexual minority youth in Canada

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The Cost of Dropping Out: What are the alternatives?

Apply for the $5,000 Indigenous ‘Innovation that Sticks’ Dropout Prevention Case Study Research Program

We could examine how your alternative Indigenous-focused learning program has successfully improved graduation rates and prevents students from dropping out. 
  • Would you like to receive a $5,000 bursary and be recognized nationally for the difference that your dropout prevention program is making to the lives of your Indigenous students? 
  • Could you share your knowledge with other educators working in Indigenous school districts, and public schools with significant Indigenous student populations, to help them achieve higher levels of Indigenous student retention and achievement?
If you answered yes, this case study program represents a golden opportunity for you and your program delivery team to be recognized nationally and play a lead role in informing, inspiring, and impacting colleagues facing similar student retention challenges.

It’s easy to apply by April 28th. For more details, please visit:
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We know that students’ well-being is top-of-mind in our schools, but can the same be said for teacher well-being? For support staff? For principals and superintendents?
Increases in student anxiety, bullying and behavioural issues coincides with an uptick in stress and emotional exhaustion among educators. This results in high stats for stress leave, and stress-related illness. Students and educators spend seven hours a day together five days a week. Their relationships – and our entire school community culture – can’t be healthy if they aren’t healthy.
And while we know more about the challenges associated with mental well-being than ever before, we know less about the solutions to address them. Our Well-being: A Key to Success Symposium is your opportunity to learn from a variety of successful school- and community-based programs and partnerships from across Canada, which provide effective coping and support strategies for students AND educators.
Leading experts will share the latest data on how stress and anxiety affect learning and the workplace factors that can protect and support student and educator mental health and well-being. As a follow-up to our 2016 First Nations Schools First! Symposium, we will also place a special focus on the urgent need to strengthen student and educator well-being in Indigenous schools.
Registration information coming soon!

Recognizing Canada’s Emerging Education Researchers



Do you know a talented researcher who’s breaking new ground by revisiting commonly held assumptions in education policy, practice or theory in Canada?
The CEA’s 2017 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education builds visibility for researchers who have the potential to transform Canadian public education.
CEA President and CEO Ron Canuel and 2016 Pat Clifford Award Winner Dr. Gail Prasad

The Recognition
  • Formal recognition of your research at a public, education-related event.
  • Opportunities for you to develop additional knowledge mobilization strategies with CEA to maximize the impact of your work in the policy and practice fields.
  • An invitation for you to publish a feature article about your research in Education Canada magazine.
Deadline for submissions
Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 5pm PDT (Pacific daylight time)


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!

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Featured Book:

Howard, who has spent four decades teaching in diverse classrooms, shows you how to create an environment where every child can shine. You’ll learn how to weave the seven principles of culturally responsive teaching into all lessons and activities, and how to be more self-reflective to unlock students’ unique gifts.


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Weaving Culturally Responsive Teaching Into the Elementary Classroom

CEA organizational members, don't forget to use your preferred member promo code!



CEA is proud to partner with Edvantage

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Organizational members of CEA (incl. school districts, faculties of education and associations), please pass on this great benefit to your staff members!


Education Canada May 2017 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 May 2017 issue is April 21, 2017.


Latest Education Research

Social Media Use and Perceived Social Isolation Among Young Adults in the U.S.

University of Pittsburgh (USA)

Sleep habits, academic performance, and the adolescent brain structure 

Inserm/Université Paris-Descartes/Université Paris-Sud (France)




Conflict Resolution Workshop

Toronto: May 28-31
Ottawa: October 31-November 3

Principals, teachers and administrators deal with conflicts involving students, parents and staff.  Learn to deal constructively with the types of disputes you face daily and build stronger relationships.  Certificates provided by the University of Windsor Law School.

Ideas 2017 Conference – Leading Educational Change

Co-hosted by the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education and the Galileo Educational Network

MacEwan Conference and Event Centre
May 4-5, 2017
Calgary, AB

Employment Opportunities


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