The Canadian Education Association Celebrates 120 Years of Leadership and Innovation in Public Education
A 120th CEA anniversary reception will take place at the Marriott Springhill Suites (445 St-Jean-Baptiste, Montreal) on Thursday, October 27th from 5-7pm.
TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Originally called the Dominion Educational Association, the Canadian Education Association (CEA) held its first annual meeting in Montreal in July 1892, at a time when free and compulsory public education was just gaining a foothold in Canada.
"Like our founders, we are facing a dramatic shift in the demands of the economy and the next generation of learners are entering a period of profound social and political change - in this case on a global scale," says CEA Chair Lynne Zucker. "And in a country with thirteen education systems, all implementing improvement strategies simultaneously, more than ever we need the pan-Canadian context that the CEA provides. "
As a centre for thought and action, CEA supports and showcases the work of leading education researchers and innovators to stimulate conversation, challenge conventional thinking, and provide a place where research meets action in support of their work. The emergence of three CEA action research areas, What Did You Do In School Today?, Youth Confidence in Learning and the Future, and the Teachers' Aspirations Project are provoking a shift among deeply entrenched mindsets of traditional teaching and learning that is long overdue.
"We can all agree that we want all our young people to be '21st Century' problem solvers, critical and creative thinkers, collaborators, and great communicators, but our vision for how we get there ranges from a little tinkering to a massive makeover, and most innovators face roadblocks when they push the envelope for the latter," says CEA Chief Executive Officer Ron Canuel. "This is why it's time to move beyond 21st Century rhetoric and build strategies that will nurture innovation and not deter it so that a transformation of public education can occur."
At the upcoming CEA Council Meeting in Montreal, education leaders from across Canada will hear from three speakers who have first-hand knowledge and experience with innovative pedagogy internationally, in a Canadian school, and in a Canadian classroom. Following presentations, speakers and participants will explore the barriers they face in moving their innovative thinking towards more systemic transformation.
About the Canadian Education Association (CEA)
CEA is a cross-Canada network of educators and education influencers who are passionate about education: those who work in classrooms and schools, district offices, research and policy circles, and not-for-profit and business sectors. CEA conducts research, generates constructive ideas, and shares them with educators, students, and other stakeholders. Its strength lies in the strategic roles it plays in the Canadian education scene: as a thought and action leader, a connector, and a knowledge mobilizer.
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