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Drug Use Among Ontario Students

This report from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health describes trends and changes in adolescent students’ use of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, nonmedical (NM) use of prescription drugs, and other substances of concern since 1977. Ecstasy use has increased, while prescription opioids, cough medicine and high-caffeine energy drinks have seen a decline since 2013. Perhaps surprisingly, cannabis use has decreased since 1999. Also observed was a long-term trend of higher nonmedical use of ADHD drugs like Ritalin or Adderall.
Drug Use Among Ontario Students


Indigenous, Minority, and Heritage Language Education in Canada: Policies, Contexts, and Issues

According to Statistics Canada (2008), there are currently more than 1 million self-identified “Aboriginal” (Indigenous) persons in Canada, representing just under 4% of the total population. Yet fewer than 30% of Canadian Indigenous people report being able to speak or understand an Indigenous language conversationally; even smaller numbers report it as their mother tongue, the language they first learned and continue to understand, or as their current home language. Unfortunately, Indigenous languages – with the possible exception of Cree, which has the largest number of speakers – continue to lose speakers in Canada with each new census. Thus, while new languages and significant numbers of new speakers of existing languages are being added to the evolving Canadian linguistic ecology through changing immigration patterns, others are being removed under the pressures of anglophone or francophone assimilation and globalization. However, many Indigenous communities and educators are working hard to develop programs to help adults and children (re)learn or reconnect with their ancestral languages and knowledge(s).
Indigenous, Minority, and Heritage Language Education in Canada: Policies, Contexts, and Issues


School-based interventions to reduce health disparities among LGBTQ youth: Considering the evidence

Research in Canada and elsewhere have documented significant health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth compared to their heterosexual and cisgender (non-transgender) peers. With higher levels of discrimination and bullying, and lower level of family, school, and community support, LGBTQ youth also face higher risks for significant health challenges, including suicidal thoughts and attempts, and problem substance use. However, when LGBTQ youth experience safe and supportive schools, and supportive families, they are much less likely to report these health challenges. In this report from the McCreary Centre Society and the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre, they identify and evaluate research evidence for school-based interventions to improve outcomes for LGBTQ youth.
School-based interventions to reduce health disparities among LGBTQ youth: Considering the evidence


Private Profit at a Public Price: Deciding the Future of the Public-Private Partnership Schools in Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia government is entering a period of decision-making over the future of 39 public-private partnership (P3) schools across the province. Over the next few years, the province must decide whether to purchase the schools, renew the leases or surrender the buildings to the developers. Since the earliest days of the program in the 1990s, the P3 schools have been controversial. Cost overruns, massive private profits, mismanagement, and problems with the construction and management of the schools have all been reported. This report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives summarizes all these issues with the dual goals of providing a cautionary tale about P3s and making recommendations about the future of the schools.
Private Profit at a Public Price: Deciding the Future of the Public-Private Partnership Schools in Nova Scotia


Making research results accessible - tools and publications from the Ministry of Education and Higher Learning of Quebec

Working in schools is demanding and requires its players to be versatile to carry out tasks as diverse they are essential to student success. To support them, the Ministry of Education and Higher Learning of Quebec provides educators with tools and popularized publications from some of the research it has funded through programs on student retention, academic success and literacy and numeracy.

Valorisation des résultats de recherche – outils et publications du ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur du Québec
(in French only)

CEA News


Full Event Program Released – Reserve Your Powerful Learning Journey Today!

Our impressive program featuring Indigenous student, Elder, teacher, researcher and education leader voices will share their knowledge by delivering learning sessions that demonstrate how all educators can honour Indigenous ways of knowing and learning while challenging Western ideas of classroom spaces and teaching practices.

New Programming Additions:



This award-winning program involves Ktunaxa and Métis Elders contributing throughout School District 5 Southeast Kootenay sharing their cultural knowledge and wisdom with students and staff.



The Time for Real Progress is Now

Seizing the Opportunities of the Truth and Reconciliation and UN Calls to Action

Edward John

Grand Chief of the Tl'azt'en Nation
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.

Please note that the preferred hotel room rates are in short supply. Reserve your space for top flight professional learning today!

Air Canada flight discount code available.


It is important for The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) to support the CEA's First Nations Schools First! Symposium because MAEI seeks to increase opportunity through education and improve elementary and secondary school education outcomes for First Nations, Métis Nation and Inuit students in Canada through the implementation of specific programs and the application of appropriate research. We believe that no child in Canada should be denied the immense opportunities this country provides.

"Symposiums like this one – where partners in First Nations education all work together towards a shared goal – are what is needed to help meet students' needs and improve educational outcomes. Canada is proud to support the First Nations Schools First Symposium and its goal to strengthen First Nation education management and improve classroom instruction through curriculum and language development." 
- The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern

Over the years, It has been a source of pride for Wintergreen to be able to help with the early childhood education across the country and to assist with the overall enhancement of the programs that educators provide. Using the thousands of unique items we’ve brought together from around the world. we are pleased to be in a position to deliver the selection, service, and guarantee that teachers have always trusted right at your fingertips, and are delighted to be able to give our support to this wonderful event.

With roots in the healthcare and corrections industries, SWS Group has expanded to serve Canadian education market. As the distributor of Norix furniture, we aim to bring durable and stylish furnishings to schools across the country. We are proud to sponsor CEA, and supply furniture for the guest lounge area.


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!

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Featured Book:

Before bullying surfaces in your school, you need to be ready. The authors have provided strategies and real-world examples to put ideas into action. You’ll learn to distinguish bullying from other hurtful behaviors, the connection between cyberbullying and in-person bullying, and responses that work versus ones that don’t.

Bullying Today

Bullet Points and Best Practices
by Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja

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


Call for Authors: Welcoming Newcomer Students

Got an article idea? We welcome queries and would like to see academics, researchers, education practitioners and students all represented on our pages. While we are interested in a wide variety of educational issues, in each issue we will run several articles on a theme. Story ideas that are especially appropriate for one of our themes are of particular interest.
With so many Canadian communities mobilizing to welcome Syrian refugee families, it is timely to look at best practices and emerging research around meeting the education needs of recent newcomers and refugee students.
Topics could include:

  • ESL teaching
  • Creating a comfortable / safe environment when everything is different
  • Working with newcomer parents and families
  • Children coming from trauma: what educators should understand
  • Integrating non-English speakers into the classroom
  • Social issues

Please check out our Contributors’ Guidelines for more information on writing for Education Canada.


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!


Latest Education Research

Helping educators own the effective practices used to integrate at-risk students into regular classrooms

Université du Québec à Montréal

(in French only)

Primary schools, catchment areas and social selection

The Sutton Trust (UK)


Annual General Meeting of Members

Canadian Education Association
Tuesday, September 20, 11:30am EDT
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International Mind, Brain and Education Conference

September 15-17, 2016
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
The International Mind, Brain and Education Society (IMBES) will hold its biannual conference with the aim of improving the state of knowledge in and dialogue between education, biology and the developmental and cognitive sciences. The event brings together scientists, educational practitioners and public policy makers to facilitate collaborations that will improve education.
To find out more about the conference program and registration details, 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.
Registration is now open at


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.
Early bird registration is available here until June 30th:

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