Acting Early, Working Together

The mission of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation is to prevent poverty by focusing on the educational success of young Quebecers and helping them to reach their full potential. The Chagnon Foundation believes that children who have the opportunity for healthy development – physical, intellectual, emotional and social – have much better chances of getting a good job, staying in good health and becoming active members of society. To fulfil its mission, the Foundation has chosen to concentrate on mobilizing local and regional communities and raising public awareness. Through its activities, the Foundation supports many initiatives and contributes to several projects, particularly in the area of education.

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Working Together for Change

Subject departments socialize teachers into what is important in their subject content, how it should be taught, and why it should be taught. In turn, they influence the how and what of teaching, giving the department great political power. As content specialists, secondary teachers hold closely to the academic traditions of their discipline; consequently, they can often appear impervious to reform efforts. In this article, we briefly look at how departments came to occupy their place in the school, and how principals can work with their departments to align the purposes of the school with those of the department. We suggest that this work centers on the cultivation of trust-based reciprocal relationships with departments, and the development of a respect for the roles, and responsibilities, that departments have.

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Homework Zone

The Homework Zone (HZ) program is a collaboration between McGill's Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) office and Montreal's Lester B. Pearson School Board. Now in its third year, HZ connects McGill students with inner-city students in an after-school tutoring program. The goal of HZ is to help elementary students create an emotional connection to school through positive educational experiences. The strong connections that are forged between mentors and mentees impact their view of themselves as successful learners and provide a model of educational attainment that the mentees can aspire to. The program, originally established in three schools, continues to grow from one term to the next.

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