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Monday, February 1 • 12:00 - 12:45
Future of Public Education: Preparing Today’s Students for Success Tomorrow | L’avenir de l’éducation publique : préparer les élèves d’aujourd’hui à la réussite de demain

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We need to think about the future of public education to ensure that Canada educates the next generations it needs to compete in the global economy, solve complex social problems, decrease social polarization, and ensure a fair, prosperous and sustainable society. This Mega session will start a dialogue with a panel of diverse leaders across related sectors on what's happening across Canada "beyond the 3R's" -- taking a deeper look at the skills revolution and counselling in K-12. The session will address the question: Where and how are Canada’s education systems providing students with the skills to be “future-ready?”

Learning Outcomes:
  • What are the skills students need to be “future-ready?”
  • How does counselling in K to 12 have to change?
  • What mechanisms exist to work across sectors on skills’ policy?

Nous devons réfléchir à l’avenir de l’éducation publique pour que le Canada forme les prochaines générations dont il a besoin pour être compétitif dans l’économie mondiale, résoudre des problèmes sociaux complexes, réduire la polarisation sociale et assurer une société équitable, prospère et durable. Cette mégaséance permettra d’entamer un dialogue avec un panel de divers leaders de secteurs connexes sur ce qui se passe au Canada « au-delà des 3R » (Réduire, Réutiliser, Recycler), en examinant plus en profondeur la révolution des compétences et l’orientation de la maternelle à la 12e année. La séance abordera la question suivante : où et comment les systèmes éducatifs canadiens fournissent-ils aux étudiants les compétences nécessaires pour être « prêts pour l’avenir »?

Objectifs d’apprentissage:
  • Quelles sont les compétences dont les étudiants ont besoin pour être « prêts pour l’avenir »?
  • Comment l’orientation doit-elle évoluer de la maternelle à la 12e année?
  • Quels sont les mécanismes qui existent pour travailler de manière intersectorielle sur une politique des compétences?



Speakers | Conférenciers
avatar for Elyse K. Watkins

Elyse K. Watkins

Policy and Research Manager | Responsable des politiques et de la recherche, People for Education
Elyse K. Watkins is the Policy and Research Manager at People for Education. She has dedicated much of her professional life to working with both national and provincial governing bodies to enhance public education. Her research interests include policy advocacy, skill development... Read More →
avatar for Annie Kidder (Moderator)

Annie Kidder (Moderator)

Executive Director | Directrice générale, People for Education
Annie Kidder is the Executive Director and a founder of People for Education. Kidder became involved in public education in Ontario in the late 1990s and since then has become an expert on education policy and funding. She regularly provides advice to policy-makers and government... Read More →
avatar for Mark Beckles

Mark Beckles

Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation | Directeur général principal, Innovation et stratégie jeunesse, RBC
Mark Beckles is the Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation and has national responsibility for executing RBC Future Launch, a $500-million investment to ensure that young Canadians are ready for the future of work.Mark Beckles est directeur général principal, Innovation... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Lawson

Bruce Lawson

President | Président, The Counselling Foundation of Canada
Bruce Lawson is the President of The Counselling Foundation of Canada and has served in the role since 2013. He is also the Executive Officer of CERIC and an ex-officio member of the CERIC Board of Directors.Bruce Lawson est président de The Counselling Foundation of Canada et occupe... Read More →
avatar for Ilona Dougherty

Ilona Dougherty

Managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Project | Directrice générale du Youth & Innovation Project, University of Waterloo | Université de Waterloo
Ilona Dougherty is the co-creator and Managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo. In 2004, she co-founded Apathy is Boring educating youth about democracy and encouraging them to vote.Ilona Dougherty est la co-créatrice et directrice générale... Read More →


Monday February 1, 2021 12:00 - 12:45 EST