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Five-year-old Maverick Denette, left, and his six-year-old sister Peyton, centre, talk with a teacher at St. Thomas More Elementary School in Mississauga, Ont., Sept. 9, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Strong relationships help kids catch up after 6 months of COVID-19 school closures

The approach that schools take to addressing how to get students caught up in learning they missed due to COVID-19 school closures may have a lasting impact on this generation.
Six-year-old Peyton Denette works remotely from her home in Mississauga, Ont., on March 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

5 ways to support online homeschooling through the coronavirus pandemic

Motivating students, encouraging their self-regulation and maintaining home-school communication are ways parents have the potential to positively influence learning outcomes.
Signs direct the flow of student traffic at Kensington Community School amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Sept. 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio

‘Pandemic pods’ may undermine promises of public education

The turn to private funding of education reduces the responsibility of governments to adequately fund schools and to ensure all children have access to high-quality education programming.
Parents and the public are in the dark about how Alberta developed its back-to-school plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Alberta’s COVID-19 back-to-school plans lack transparency

Vague references don't cut it. The public deserves to know exactly how Alberta is relying on science, realism and high-quality problem-solving in its back to school plans during COVID-19.
Immersive and collaborative lab experiences are now possible online, and in the future they will complement in-person lab work. (Shuttterstock)

5 ways university education is being reimagined in response to COVID-19

Before the pandemic, only a fraction of students made use of the wide range of curricular and extracurricular experiential learning opportunities, but through online engagement that can change.
Distinguishing a unique sense of place within a common virtual space of online learning will require significant investment. (Shutterstock)

6 ways universities are being put to the test by coronavirus

In a world where students can attend any university from their living rooms, universities need a compelling answer to the question: “Why should students come here?”
Parents can use coping-focused language that emphasizes the active role that children and adults are taking together to promote things going well.

How to help your child cope with the transition back to school during COVID-19

Parents can help children feel optimistic by listening to and validating their worries, teaching them coping strategies, reviewing safety protocols and supporting them when they face difficulties.
A seven-year-old boy waits at the bus stop in Dallas, Ga., for the first day of school on Aug. 3, 2020. Canadian schools are reopening in September, but is anyone really thinking about the well-being of the children? (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

As schools prepare to reopen during COVID-19, are the kids alright?

Any decision that places a child's physical and mental health at risk shouldn't be taken lightly, so policy-makers and parents alike should listen to those most affected — the children themselves.
The key to long-term retention of information is to practise retrieving that information. (Shutterstock)

3 ways to study better, according to cognitive research

Put down the highlighter. Research about the brain and memory shows that leaving time between study sessions and testing yourself frequently are more efficient ways to learn.
A man on a skateboard and a young woman pass large letters spelling out UBC at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., November 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Drop tuition fees: University students face a precarious future amid COVID-19

Canada should invest robustly in students' post-secondary education. Data about effects of the pandemic and how students balance classes and work show why we urgently need this investment.
A person bicycles past the University of Toronto campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto in June 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

COVID-19: Don’t make university students choose between education and legal rights

Students won’t be allowed to participate in activities at St. Francis Xavier University this fall unless they sign a COVID-19 waiver. That's forcing them to make a difficult and unfair choice.
Under international human rights law, scaling back the quality of the education provided to children and youth ought to be avoided. (Shutterstock)

COVID-19: Provinces must respect children’s rights to education whether or not schools reopen in September

If returning to in-person instruction is truly impossible for public health reasons, policy makers must make large financial expenditures on quality and accessible distance education.

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