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Ontario unveils new vision for education


The Ontario government has released a renewed vision for the education system in the province that is aimed at ensuring students get the knowledge and skills they need to thrive.
The renewed vision, Achieving Excellence, continues to focus on basics like reading, writing and math, while placing a new emphasis on higher-order skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration and entrepreneurship. It also recognizes the importance of student well-being inside and outside of school.

Earlier today, the province announced it will invest $150 million over three years in technology and learning tools such as new digital tablets, netbooks, cameras, software and professional development for teachers. This fund will create new opportunities for students and teachers, preparing them for good jobs in the global economy.

Guided by Achieving Excellence, the province will focus on achieving tangible results, such as:
• Expanding hands-on programs like Specialist High Skills Majors and Dual Credits;
• Recognizing learning opportunities outside of school, including community-based, civic, humanitarian, scientific, artistic and international experience;
• Increasing graduation rates and closing achievement gaps for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, children and youth in care, and students with special needs;
• Working with education and health partners to improve and expand health services for students and families; and
• Working with partners inside and outside of school to encourage students to be physically active and practise healthy lifestyles.

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