Monthly Archive for December, 2008

Parents Need Effective Tools in Education


Parents need easy and accessible tools for effective advocacy and guidance of their children in pursuing their best interests in education,  Effective tools are those that give parents confidence and empower them.  Some of these might help.

I’m starting a new category – TOOLS 4 Effective Parents — which will include the following in Pdf form for easy copying:


On visiting this site…

On first coming to this site please be aware:
I'm using this site to gather, record, sort, etc. tons of archive material I’ve gathered regarding the struggle for effective parent involvement in education. Much of the material relates to my own personal involvement and thoughts.
I also include tools produced to help parents and public in support of meaningful parent involvement. These tools can generally be accessed here:

–          Starting a Parent Advisory Council from Scratch

–          School Checkup

–          Do’s and Don’ts for PAC’s

–          Levels of Parent Involvement

–          Effective Schools Checklist

–          Functions of a Parent Advisory Council

–          Projects for a Parent Group

–          Essential Features of a PAC

–          Parent Advisory Councils

–          Why a Parent Group in Every School


B) The following documents can be retrieved in PDF form from here:

    * Home Education: the third option (1987, 5pg)

    * Indoctrination Laws and Guideline for Schools

    * Effective Schools Checklist

    * The BLOB (Obstacles to Education Reform)

    * Parent Rights and their Children’s Education

Free-choice Educational Experience with Multi-age Children


Ottawa East Summer Project was designed at the outset as an educational experiment where multi age children would interact, learn and play together in a free-choice atmosphere.

Upon obtaining a $10,700 grant from the Federal Government Opportunities For Youth (OFY) program in the summer of 1971 five staff were hired as “enablers” to work with 200 students, ages 4 – 11 years. The main criterion for hiring was the stated intention of the university students to pursue teaching careers.

Using the freely offered facilities and grounds of St. Patrick’s College in the east end of Ottawa the activities set up included sculpturing, painting, puppets, sewing, acting, woodwork, gardening, sports and writing.  During the first stages the children were able to mix-and-match their activities and were able to thus acquaint themselves with all the staff and the rest of the children of the neighborhood who during the school year attended three different schools (French Catholic, English Catholic and English Public).

The ongoing stages saw the children initiating their own projects, giving them the opportunity to expand their talents and leadership abilities.  Older children helped teach and supervise younger ones.  Parents and grandparents and local teen-agers developed into a volunteer force to help the children.

The experience was considered a tremendous success and substantiated the growing move in educational circles towards more of a community concept in education – children learning from other children, parent involvement, using the children’s own interests to teach skills as reading and writing. This, combined with the use of the total neighborhood as a learning environment, provided a meaningful setting for educational outcomes.

The children, brought up in such a setting, it is felt, develop more in the areas of independence, resourcefulness and creative thinking than children brought up in the more traditional, desk-oriented schools.

I had just graduated with a teacher certificate from Ottawa Teachers College (’71) and did the main conceptual work in preparing the proposal for the grant and coordinated the project. 

Tunya Audain