People for Education report: Urban and suburban schools in Ontario

People for Education have released a report on schools in Ontario. Some of the key findings in the report:

  • Funding for programs to ensure equitable outcomes for students is calculated on 1991 and 1996 census data, even though demographic numbers have changed dramatically and more current census data is available
  • 29% of urban/suburban elementary schools had ESL students but no ESL teachers.

Citing the following Statistics Canada data, the report discusses immigrant children and families, ESL, English Language Learners and settlement workers in the schools.

  • Between July 1 2005 and July 1 2006, 133,100 new immigrants arrived in Ontario
  • Nearly 60% of newcomers were in the skilled worker and business immigrant categories
  • The vast majority of immigrants settled in urban and suburban areas
  • 75% came from countries where English is not the first language
  • More than one third were under the age of 19.

Read the report here.

George Brown College Summer Institute: Preparing professionals to lead change in the early years

The annual summer institute, held by George Brown College and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development is scheduled this year for June 4/08 and will be held in Toronto. At each summer institute, George Brown College honours an individual for their contribution to the early childhood field. This year, the Summer Institute honours Aster Fessahaie, a 2002 recipient of the Skills for Change New Pioneers Award. See the George Brown College website for more info, or view the PDF georgebrown.

Entre deux mers * Between two seas: Bridging children and communities, BC conference

The Early Childhood Educators of BC, the Canadian Child Care Federation, Ryerson University and the University of Victoria School of Child and Youth Care are sponsoring a conference in Richmond, BC May 29-31/08. Entre Deux Mers * Between Two Seas: Bridging Children and Communities includes many workshops, keynotes and sessions on topics related to immigrant and refugee children and families, including:

The Ethics of Enacting Children’s Right to Citizenship, with Kylie Smith, research fellow at the Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Refugee Preschool Children as Cultural Mediators, with Darcey M. Dachyshyn, University of Alberta.

Bridging Children and Communities through Integration of Diversity Training and Teacher Education, with Valerie Rhomberg,  .

Working with Newcomer Children and Families: The Research and the Realities, with Penny Coates, Office of Early Childhood Development, Learning, and Care, Daljit Gill-Badesha, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society and Gany Wawa Tut, a Southern Sudanese refugee and parent in Surrey.

Skilled Dialogue Strategies for Responding to Cultural Diversity, with Cathy Robb, Affiliated Services for Children and Youth.

Looking Back and Looking Forward: A Pan-Canadian Perspective on Diversity Theory and Practice in Early Childhood, with Gyda Chud, Vancouver Community College, Maryann Bird, formerly of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, and Debra Mayer, SpeciaLink.

Faces of Diversity: Supporting Children in Early Childhood Programs, with Becky Kelley, Bow Valley Community College.

Visit the ECEBC website for the conference brochure with registration details and more.