At AYSCBC, we undertake research on many topics and areas in the field of education. This helps to continually build up our knowledge and use of the 'promising practices and success stories of students, schools, and their communities.
We follow up on topics of interest brought forward by the Membership.
Through our research, AYSCBC continues to build a repository of information and resources relevant to School Councils'/Boards' roles and responsibilities and ensures this information is accessible, understandable, accurate and meaningful.
Outside of Yukon, contact has been made and is maintained with many relevant educational organizations and projects, some of which are:
- Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB)
- Alberta School Council Association (ASCA)
- British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC)
- British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA)
- Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) and its initiatives:
- Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre
- Health & Learning Knowledge Centre
- Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre
- First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)
- Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)
- Imagination in Education Research Group (IERG)
- Manitoba Association of Parent Councils (MAPC)
- Manitoba School Improvement Program, Inc. (MSIP)
- Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA)
- People for Education (P4Ed)
- Saskatchewan Association of School Councils (SASC)
- Society for the Advancement of Excellence in Education (SAEE)
(to access the publication, click on the title of the document)
This report is based on a survey administered to Grade 6-10 students in the fall of 2009. The survey covered a broad range of health and social issues including relationships, school experience, healthy living, substance use, violence and bullying among others.The findings are important to all of us who care about the health, education and well-being of Yukon children in all the roles we play in our personal and professional lives.
This study is part of the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study conducted across
Canada. National results will be available in fall 2011.
This report outlines the findings of a survey done by Yukon Bureau of Statistics on students' high school experiences and attendance histories as well as what their education and career goals were during and after finishing school. Some of the results provide insight into such topics as: Yukon secondary school student demographics. some of the reasons students stay in school and why they leave; social, economic, and educational obstacles and aids students encounter; and experiences of transitions during their secondary school years and after leaving or completing their public schooling.
The Education Reform project was "to engage First Nations governments, citizens and other partners in education to effect positive, sustainable change in the education system in the Yukon for the benefit of all Yukoners. The report identifies and examines many of the issues in Yukon education and offers insight an direction on possible changes and enhancements to the system."
Topic: Truth and Reconciliation
National Truth and Reconciliation--Calls to Action
This document outlines the 94 recommendations or "Calls to Action" as prepared by the National Truth & Reconcialation Commission after extensive work related to Indian Residential Schools and the survivors.
Topic: Education in Northern Canada
This report by the Conference Board of Canada examines education in the context of Northern communities, with the primary objective of exploring Northern experiences and sharing lessons learned, practices, and models that Northerners believe are having a positive impact on educational outcomes.
This report by the Conference Board of Canada delivers new insights into successful Aboriginal youth wellness strategies in Canada’s North. It highlights three initiatives that reflect the diversity of potential strength-based Aboriginal youth wellness strategies.
Topic: Assessment and Learning
What did you do in school today: The Relationship between Instructional Challenge and Student Engagement (September 2012)
This report prepared by J Douglas Willms and Sharon Friesen for the Canadian Education Association explores the relationship between instructional challenge (the balance between students' skill levels and the challenge of their school work) and student engagement.
"Findings from What did you do in school today?suggest that educators look carefully not only at the ways in which schools function but also at the heart of the enterprise itself - teaching - and the conditions necessary to sponsor deep, meaningful learning." (p. 10)
This report is the outcome of over 30,000 grade 8 students from 1600 schools across Canada who were tested in Mathematics, Science and Reading. Assessment was not based on the specific curriculum of the provinces and territories but rather on the students`abilities to use their learning skills to solve real life situations. The report includes breakdowns and comparisions of all provinces and territories.
Topic: Early Childhood Development and Public Education
"Early childhood development and adult literacy are often discussed as separate topics: yet the interrelatedness of these concepts is of utmost importance..... international evidence exposes two disturbing findings.
One: nearly nine million adult Canadians lack the literacy skills necessary to cope with everyday life.
Two: among developed countries, Canada comes dead last in spending on early childhood programs. Naturally there's a connection."
"While family and parental characteristics play key roles in shaping children's abilities and their attitudes toward learning, all learning environments experienced in the early years — whether in the home or in the community — can profoundly affect learning abilities over the longer term."
Read more about what you can do to have a positive influence on children's early years and on their future learning in school.
Topic: School Calendars
The 2013-2014 School Calendar published by the Canadian Education Association
This annual publication compares the length of the school year, the number of instructional days and more in school districts across Canada.
This report from John Abbott and the 21st Century Learning Initiative speaks to some of the core issues and concerns at the heart of education.
Topic: Assessment and Learning
PISA in Focus is a series of short monthly education policy-oriented summaries designed to describe a PISA topic in a concise, user-friendly way.
A few of these 4 page articles are:
"PISA stands for the Programme for International Student Assessment. Every year, it evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems in some 70 countries, with Canada being one of them. PISA represents a commitment by governments to regularly monitor the outcomes of education systems within an internationally agreed framework." Read parts of this reader-friendly version and see how Canadian students perform in relation to students from other countries.