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December 1998

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The Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) has made its popular school training manual available on the Internet. The two-year-old training manual is designed to help teachers introduce chess into their math curriculum or organize chess clubs as part of extracurricular activity.

Last year, teachers across Canada asked the CFC to mail them over 1,000 manuals. The demand prompted the century-old federation to make the 300-page manual available at its web site.

International Chess Master Tom O’Donnell – a Canadian – worked with teachers to develop the 26 lessons contained in the manual. The manual covers both basic and advanced chess concepts.

For more information, visit the Chess Federation of Canada’s web site at or e-mail the CFC at


Queen’s Offers New PhD Program

Queen’s University is now offering a PhD program in education. Launched this fall, the Queen’s program is divided into three main research fields: curriculum studies, cultural studies in education and cognitive studies.

The faculty of education at Queen’s already has an undergraduate and graduate program in place. Graduate studies co-ordinator John Kirby says the addition of a doctoral program allows the faculty to start from "square one, so we can design for the future, not just adapt an existing program for the present."

Kirby says the faculty received 32 applications for the program this year, but only eight were accepted. The program also accepts students with a background in something other than education.


Kick Start Your Phys-Ed Program

Participation in soccer among youth continues to rise in popularity, with over 250,000 children registered in Ontario soccer leagues. Now the Toronto Lynx Soccer Club is looking to help foster that interest even further.

The Lynx is one of three professional soccer teams in Canada and is part of the A-League, a North American soccer league. While soccer as a spectator sport has always struggled in Canada and the U.S., participation has not. The Lynx is offering a unique – and free – teaching module to interested schools in the Greater Toronto Area.

The module, which is also available in French, includes:

  • the history of soccer
  • the history of the World Cup and FIFA
  • the Soccer Hall of Fame and Dream Teams
  • soccer in North America, Canada and Toronto
  • soccer as a pro career.

Lynx players are also available for clinics to help children develop their soccer skills, and the club has a fundraising package available to schools. For more information, contact the Toronto Lynx Pro Soccer Club at (416) 251-GOAL.


New Internet Mailing List Aims
to Answer Questions, Educate

Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is launching a listserv that will "entertain discussions between scholars, practitioners and the general public in the areas of measurement and management of the public education system."

A listserv is an Internet-based discussion forum that uses e-mail to communicate with list subscribers. Subscribers, in turn, can communicate amongst themselves.

The list will post position papers that answers questions posed by parents, teachers and others with a stake in the education system. The EQAO will ensure that the papers – both majority and dissenting views – are written clearly and in plain English. The papers will then be brought to the attention of education publishers "so that they might provide balanced insight into their reporting on the education system."

To subscribe to EQAO-L, send an e-mail to Bob Clements, EQAO-L Moderator,


One Computer, Two Computers, Three Computers…
More Please

With more than 71,000 computers placed in Canadian schools and libraries since 1993, the Telephone Pioneers and Industry Canada were jointly awarded the 1998 Gold Award for Innovative Management by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

The "Computers in Schools" program that garnered the award collects old computers and refurbishes them, distributing them at no cost to schools and public libraries across the country. Industry Minister John Manley challenged corporate Canada and volunteer organizations to help the program place 250,000 computers in schools and libraries by the end of the century.

The Telephone Pioneers is a volunteer organization made up of more than 800,000 current and retired telecommunication company employees from across North America.

For more information about "Computers in Schools," contact Bob Potvin at (613) 993-4966.


Faculty Projects Tackle Gender Equity

The faculties of education at Laurentian University, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa have completed projects to support the need for gender equity resources.

The projects and resources are described in Teaching/Learning Gender Equity: An overview of Three Education Projects and are available at the Ontario Women’s Directorate web site ( 

Through research and conversations with teacher candidates and associate teachers, the projects provide an analysis of gender equity issues among teacher candidates. One of the projects promotes a pedagogy of equity, while another promotes change in teacher education programs by raising awareness of gender bias and power relations.

Each of the resources is described as providing the necessary insights to create learning environments and guide pedagogical practices that benefit all students.

The resources are available in both French and English from Althouse Press, e-mail:

The University of Western Ontario
Taking Action: Negotiating Power Relations in the Practicum, Video and Manual. Taking Action: Reworking Gender in School Contexts, Video and Manual

Laurentian University
Equality in Education: A Course Designed for Teacher Education, Teacher’s Guide

Equality in Education: A Course Designed for Teacher Education, Student Manual

The University of Ottawa
Words Can Change the World: A Gender Education Manual for Pre-service Teaching


Youth Exchange Program Seeks Retired Teachers

Katimavik, the national organization that assists youth between the ages of 17 and 21, is looking for retired high school teachers to help raise awareness of Katimavik’s unique learning opportunities.

Katimavik places youth in communities across Canada for eight-month stretches. They learn to live co-operatively with others, manage their lives on a set budget and participate in a variety of expedition-type activities. Participants also work 40 hours a week in the communities where they’re situated.

Katimavik helps its young participants acquire a wide variety of life skills:

  • an understanding of group dynamics, consensus decision-making and conflict resolution
  • self-confidence, independence, initiative, communication and leadership skills
  • a second language
  • a broader understanding of Canada and its cultural diversity.

Retired teachers who volunteer to help will be matched with recent participants from the program to make brief presentations to schools and youth organizations in communities across Ontario. If interested, contact Wayne Greenway at (613) 545-1539 or e-mail:


A&E Launches 1999 Program to
Recognize Teaching Excellence

A&E Television Networks is looking for submissions for the 1999 A&E Canadian Teacher Grant, which recognizes teachers’ creative and enriching use of A&E productions in the classroom. A&E started the educational award program in 1993. College member Mark Bridges of Woodland Park Public School in Cambridge won last year’s first prize.

To participate, teachers must create a unique classroom project using A&E programming. The first prize winner will receive $2,000 in personal savings bonds. The second, third and fourth place winners will receive $1,500, $1,000 and $500 respectively. Each prize winner’s school will also receive a colour TV, VCR and A&E Video Library.

Registration forms are available by calling 1-800-722-6146 or writing to A&E Canadian Teacher Grant, P.O. Box 3690, Markham Industrial Park Station, Markham ON L3R 3L0. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 1999.


Is Your School a Community School?

As the education system becomes more centralized, schools themselves tend to feel they’re out there on their own, says Chris Bolton of the Association of Community Schools, a new grass roots organization designed to help schools become the "hub of the community."

Bolton says a community school has the responsibility to develop partnerships with community organizations to ensure students have opportunities to become "productive and responsible citizens.

"We’re in our infancy still," he says. "There are many community schools out there right now that we just don’t know about. An association like ours will allow them to network and create alliances with others."

For more information about the Association of Community Schools, call (416) 393-1340, fax (416) 393-1337 or e-mail


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