Thursday, November 22, 2007

CEA Report: Public Education in Canada

The Canadian Education Association has released its Public Education in Canada: Facts, Trends and Attitudes report, which contains the results of our Public Attitudes Toward Education survey.

The full report and a summary of findings is available on our website at:

This is CEA’s fourth such survey and is based on the opinions of over 2,400 Canadians collected between January and May 2007. Commentaries are also included in this report from educational leaders based on these survey results that help provide a context to issues such as student assessment, confidence in school systems, and educational change.

In addition to the survey results, this report contains a composite picture of education in Canada, with an overview of our education systems, a summary of key public school indicators and a brief outline of trends in educational reform.

We hope that this report will spark dialogue in your organization and beyond about the challenges we face in educating all students to take their place in a world of dynamic social, technological and economic change. In this regard, CEA welcomes your feedback on the questions contained at the conclusion of the report that can help us to draw people into larger conversations to think about education.

President's Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Murphy and Dr. Joan Oldford. This week Elizabeth received the President's Award for Outstanding Research for 2006-07 and Joan was recognized with the President's Award for Outstanding Community Service. The event was held at the Fluvarium and the awards were presented by President Meisen. For more information see:

Friday, November 16, 2007

Minerva Scholar in the Faculty of Education

Great news today about one of our colleagues. Dr. Dale Kirby has been named a Minerva Scholar by the Canadian Council on Learning. The Minerva Lecture Series was created to foster discussion between Canadian learning researchers and citizens from across the country. The Minerva Lecture Series is a unique opportunity to understand how research can inform and affect learning for all at different stages of life.

For more information, please see:

Congratulations, Dale!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Remembrance Day

On November 11, Memorial will mark Remembrance Day in a special way. The University was built in memory of those Newfoundlanders who gave their lives during the Great Wars. The Faculty of Education as one of the three founding faculties of the University remembers and honours those who gave their lives so bravely. We cheerish our freedom and democratic ideals and we are committed to Memorial's foundation in all that we do.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

November 1, 2007
New Faculty Member

It's a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Rhonda Joy to the Faculty of Education, Memorial University. Rhonda obtained a B.Sc and B.Ed from Memorial and a PhD in Counselling Psychology from OISE/UT and has had extensive expereince in the K-12 school system. She has taught preivously in the Faculty of Education. She begins a tenure-track appointment today, November 1.

It's a beautful big crisp day in St. John's. A good start for November.