News Topics: Education (K-12)


MDI School District and Community Reports now online

The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) School District and Community Reports for 2016/2017 participating districts are now online. MDI is a self-report questionnaire administered by the University of BC’s Human Early Learning Partnership. The MDI asks children in Grade 4 and Grade 7 about their thoughts, feelings and experiences in MORE


Election 2017 party responses to First Call coalition questions

On behalf of our 101 member organizations, First Call sent questions from our 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit to each of the three main parties in this election. All three parties have responded, and we encourage everyone to read their answers to our questions about putting the interests of children, youth MORE


Two Your Education Matters video clips

Watch Sandra Mathison, executive director of the Institute for Public Education BC, on the changes needed in public education policy. (3 min.). First Call’s Adrienne Montani is on the board of directors of the institute. Watch the latest video from Your Education Matters Broad View with Jason Ellis and Alex MORE

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First Call op-ed: BC Budget 2017 fails to fill the hole we’ve dug for children, youth and families

Over the last 15 years provincial child-serving ministries, school districts, post-secondary institutions and community service agencies serving children, youth and families had their provincial funding slashed or squeezed. Meanwhile inflation, growing service needs and increased government-imposed fees and costs forced them to cannibalize and reduce their services to balance their MORE


Inclusive Schools public forum – Vancouver, Mar. 16

Restoring Quality Inclusive Education in BC Public Schools Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 5:30-8 pm Croatian Cultural Centre 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver Light supper provided A panel of parents and educators will present best practices in leadership and culture within the school community, teacher and support staff practice and training in MORE

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Sanctuary schools: New Westminster school board considers draft policy welcoming undocumented kids

The Education Committee of New Westminster’s school board is considering implementing a policy that welcomes all school-aged children in their district—regardless of immigration status—to attend their schools. The New Westminster policy comes after consultations with groups including Sanctuary Health Coalition and School for All. In May 2016, First Call sent MORE


Your Education Matters: Interviews with Richmond parents and Rob Fleming, MLA and education critic

Presented by the Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education, this new episode of Education Matters features two parents from the Richmond Schools Stand United talking to host Paul Shaker about the effects of current funding levels in Richmond. MLA Rob Fleming, the education critic, says public education is the single MORE

resources – Hold on to your home language – Resources in multiple languages

The website provides research-based information about the importance of maintaining and protecting the minority languages spoken in homes across Canada. The goal of is to help parents, teachers, childcare workers and service providers understand the personal, social, linguistic and academic reasons for maintaining and protecting home languages. There MORE


Public education panel discussion – Vancouver, Feb. 6

BC Public Education: Keeping the Covenant with Future Generations Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 7-8:30 pm SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver Find more info A week ahead of Family Day, join the Public Education Network Society for an open dialogue among professionals, parents and concerned citizens on the purposes of MORE