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Helping Students Deal With Trauma Related to Geopolitical Violence and Islamophobia: A Guide for Educators

This Guide from the National Council of Canadian Muslims is a sincere attempt to help teachers and guidance counselors in the assessment, assistance and support of students dealing with grief, fear and confusion as a result of Islamophobia and geopolitical issues. Those working in education – including Trustees, Superintendents, principals, teachers and Educational Assistants – are integral in helping youth deal with psychosocial responses to the social, political and international pressures Muslim students live with. While Muslim youth are the primary participants in this effort, other youth can play a significant role in creating conditions for a respectful, diverse social context that helps and encourages all youth to feel that they belong.

Helping Students Deal With Trauma Related to Geopolitical Violence and Islamophobia: A Guide for Educators


Gender Pay Gap Minimizes with Education

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) data, women in their prime working years between 25 and 64 who have not completed high school earn 61 per cent of what similarly-educated Canadian men do. That compares with an average of 76 per cent across all 35 wealthy nations that were tracked. But that gap narrows somewhat with more education. "A tertiary educated woman earns on average 72 per cent of what a similarly educated man earns, which is in line with the OECD average of 73 per cent." Tertiary education is what the OECD calls any education after the high school level.

Education at a Glance 2016: OECD Indicators


Resource: Teacher and Early Childhood Educator School Supply Tax Credit

For 2016 and subsequent taxation years, the federal government has introduced a teacher and early childhood educator school supply tax credit. This measure will allow an employee who is an eligible educator to claim a 15% refundable tax credit based on an amount of up to $1,000 of purchases of eligible teaching supplies by the employee in a taxation year. This includes consumable goods such as craft supplies, science experiments, and stationery, but only a few durable goods, such as books, software, and storage containers qualify.

Teacher and Early Childhood Educator School Supply Tax Credit

CEA News

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.

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.


It’s Not Too Late To Register!

Have you been challenged to embed Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and Worldview learning into your school or classroom?

First Nations Schools First! is a timely event that will convene both First Nations and provincial school educators committed to integrating effective Indigenous teaching practices into Canadian K-12 classrooms.

An inspiring group of Elders, students, teachers, school district leaders and researchers – all dedicating their lives to ensuring the success of Indigenous learners – will share their knowledge at this national symposium.

Over 200 education leaders from across Canada will be gathering at Vancouver’s Musqueam Cultural Centre from Oct 6-7 to discuss one of the most urgent issues facing Canada’s future: ensuring the success of all Indigenous students and decreasing the number who are tuning out – and dropping out – of school.
Take a glance at our full program and choose your learning path from a variety of hands-on workshops and case study presentations that will share helpful teaching resources and demonstrate pragmatic, successful and replicable examples of classroom practice and school-community leadership.




The Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary is proud to support the First Nations Schools First! symposium. Engaging with our community partners, we align and support programs and research related to Indigenous Education focused on healthy futures for all students. The Werklund School of Education strives to do this work 'in a good way'.

As Canada’s largest arts and writing contest for self-identified Indigenous youth ages 9-29, Aboriginal Arts & Stories is committed to being a platform for Indigenous youth to share their voices. We are proud to sponsor a symposium that is putting the needs of First Nations students first and supporting the work of Indigenous educators.

The focus of this Symposium is on sharing successful indigenous learning. This is of utmost importance because it moves us toward the development of culturally appropriate curricula for First Nations in on reserve schools and in provincial schools which is in keeping with the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #10.

Ensuring that our children have access to world-class education is important to creating a bright and prosperous Canada. Through our commitment to excellence in education and working in partnership with organizations like the CEA, we can help make a difference to give our children positive futures. We are proud to be supporting the First Nations Schools First! symposium and the community that comes together to help realize this goal.

Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) and TW Insurance are the leading insurance providers to education employees in Canada. We also offer Edvantage, a savings program provided exclusively to the education community, with access to special offers from over 50 partners. We are proud to support and now be associated with the CEA, and part of this great conference.

The Richmond School District is committed to improving the educational experience and outcomes for Aboriginal students, and strongly believes that our entire student population will benefit from increased understanding of Indigenous knowledge, and perspectives.  In the spirit of reconciliation, Indigenous Education honours a shared history and is the foundation of a shared future.


Diverse Voices Needed For New EdCan Network Regional Exchanges

Would you like to connect with other catalysts in our network of passionate, dedicated practitioners to help develop a pan-Canadian vision for public education?
The CEA is launching a dynamic new network building initiative to gather a wide array of education-related voices, perspectives and expertise in five regions across the country. The EdCan Network Regional Exchanges will not only be an excellent resource for those working in schools, districts, communities, universities and ministries of education, but it will also help the CEA to have both an eye in the sky and an ear to the ground about the important issues, trends and attitudes in provincial education. 
The first of two face-to-face Regional Exchange sessions will take place in five regions this October. We are seeking the following participants:
  • School-based educators and support staff
  • School Administrators
  • Superintendents and District-level staff
  • Faculty of Education representatives
  • Ministry of Education representatives
  • Professional association/stakeholder group representatives
  • Parents
  • Students
If you’re interested in participating in one of these Regional Exchange groups, please visit our web page for more information, or fill out the short application form available here.

The application submission deadline is 5 pm PDT (Pacific daylight time), Wednesday, October 5, 2016.


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:

Educators must incorporate skills for the global economy, adapt to learning styles, and employ technology. But how should our physical spaces change to reflect these? Walk with the group behind one of America’s most recognized school redesign projects and discover how to design both “thinking” and “learning” spaces for the 21st Century. 

What’s In Your Space?

5 Steps for Better School and Classroom Design
by Dwight Carter, Gary Sebach and Mark White

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



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 October 17th 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


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 Canadian Education Association (CEA) Announces 2016-2017 Board of Directors and Council

CEA Directors and Advisory Council Members are a network of leaders from the K-12, post-secondary, and corporate sectors who provide such an impressive breadth of experience and shared commitment to supporting the transformation of Canadian public education systems.

For a complete list of CEA Board and Council Members, please visit:


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

Learning from Summer: Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Urban Youth

RAND Corporation (USA)

Childhood trauma: Developmental pathways and implications for the classroom

Australian Council for Educational Research



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:


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

Odgers Berndtson Executive Search is recruiting a Dean, Faculty of Education on behalf of the University of Alberta.


The University of Windsor invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Faculty of Education to commence July 2017. 

Odgers Berndtson Executive Search is assisting with the recruitment. To see the posting, please go to:


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