A Word In Progress: Ontario Ministry of Education Consultation Process

By Derek Rhodenizer

A collection of fun podcasts exploring the philosophy of education.

Dear ontario educators,

Your voice matters.

The Ministry of Education here in Ontario is looking to examine assessment, reporting and curriculum. At this point public consultation has begun. In conjunction with the consultation team Voiced Radio is going to serve as a place to have your voice heard. We are doing this in a variety of ways. First of all we will be having a panel show on Thursday night at 9:00pm. If you would like to be involved in this conversation live, please fill out the form here, we would love to have you. However, we understand that not everyone is ready to speak on the radio, live, so we have added a second layer. Every Sunday evening I run a show called “Word in Progress.” We are going to take over this time slot as well for the consultation process. After the Thursday show, we invite you to think about what you heard. You can blog your thoughts, tweet them using #OntEdAssessment you can even send me an email using beyondthestaffroom@gmail.com. Then with all that additional information, we will have a second show on Sunday night.

Here are the frames for our series of conversations:
Week One: EQAO Assessments: How can they be improved in order to better meet provincial goals? What is the most effective way to report EQAO results?

Week Two: Classroom Assessment and Reporting: How can classroom assessment be improved to realize our provincial goals? What types of reporting of student learning in the classroom do you consider to be most useful?

Week Three: Future Thinking: Looking 20 years down the road, what trends, signals, needs and opportunities do we need to start paying attention today to help guide assessment and reporting in the future?

This is a great opportunity to get involved and have your voice heard. So step up, join the radio conversation, blog, tweet, email, maybe even podcast and make sure your opinion is heard.