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A team of caring adults, including certified teachers and coaches, support The Youth Association for Academics, Athletics and Character Education (YAAACE) community initiatives in Toronto’s Jane-Finch neighbourhood. (Ardavan Eizadirad)

Ontario can close students’ access and opportunity gaps with community-led projects

Revamping standardized testing needs to be accompanied with tangible actions to mitigate students’ opportunity gaps at the community level, particularly for racialized students.
Flexischools fill a gap for disenfranchised youth. from

Flexischools have a lot to teach mainstream schools

Flexi schools are a relatively new form of alternative schooling in Australia. They have grown from just a few community-based projects to one of the fastest growing type of new schools in Australia.
Students use everyday objects to decide how they want to learn in a Montessori school. Flick/Kevron

Kids choose their own work in a Montessori classroom

Every day, in classrooms everywhere, teachers grapple with the age-old challenge of how to capture the attention of young people and engage them with the things we think they should know about. In 1907…
Imagine a school where every student has equal say with the teachers, principal and governors. Flickr/Naaman Saar Stavy

Democratic schooling: teachers leave them kids alone

Imagine a school where the students have equal say with the teachers, principal and governors in all areas of school life. Their say is not limited to being school or house captain, prefect or a member…
Reggio Emilia gives special rights to children who could be marginalised. Flickr/Emmanuelle Bourgue

Reggio Emilia: how a city in Italy started an education trend

When in 1991 an American newspaper named a preschool in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in the 10 best schools of the world, the early childhood centres in this city gained international attention. So what did this…
The arty Steiner schools are expanding all over the world, but are they as effective as regular schools? Flickr/storebukkebrose

For creativity, capability and resilience, Steiner schools work

Steiner education is a popular choice of alternative schooling in Australia, with more than 40 schools country-wide. Along with other alternatives to mainstream schooling, Australia seems to be pursuing…
Play-based learning is just that: learning through play instead of school. TheItchyEyes

Should we just let them play?

Anyone who’s ever watched a toddler play with water and different-sized containers has seen play-based learning in action. A child will fill up a big container and tip the water into smaller ones, watching…
Let children run wild, run free: that’s the message of a new education movement called “unschooling”. Children image from

‘Unschooling’ – education fad or real alternative?

What do you think about the idea of allowing your children to stay at home all day and do whatever they like? Do you think you could trust them to learn without teachers or parents telling them what, when…

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