The following organizations and programs regularly produce research-based resources that will be of interest to school boards. Specific findings are regularly highlighted in our electronic newsletter, on our website, or via Twitter.
The Manitoba Education Research Network (MERN) is a collaborative partnership of faculties of education, Manitoba Education, and affiliated partner organizations. It facilitates a province-wide education research community, promotes professional learning through collaborative inquiry, creates opportunities for research connections, and supports education priorities and research interests relevant to Manitoba. MERN hosts regular, topical forums, and publishes both forum proceedings and research papers.
The Canadian Education Association focuses on linking research, policy and practice. Its concentration on new learning and teaching practices has produced, among other resources, a series of reports based in its What Did You Do in School Today? initiative.
The Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC) critical education issues such as Aboriginal student achievement and practical legal matters such as copyright in education. It is also the source for analysis of pan-Canadian and international studies of student achievement such as PCAP and PISA.
The Center for Public Education is a branch of the National School Boards Association that is dedicated to the improvement of student achievement through the use of educational research, data, and analysis. Although most of its research is American-based, much of it is applicable to Canadian students and schools. Current topics of interest include:
- class size and student achievement:
- 21st century education;
- keeping kids in school; and
- characteristics of effective school boards
Data First is dedicated to the belief that education data, used well, can help school board members and everyone else who cares about education to make good decisions, based on the facts about what students need and how they are currently doing. Data First outlines a four-step process that can be used to respond to myriad issues and questions facing school boards: establish a baseline, align resources, implement programs and practices, and assess outcomes.