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How do we prepare children for a future we can't even imagine? Across Canada, a debate swirls around what our children will need to know in the face of huge technological, economic, social and political change. The question has become an ideological battleground, and there is a hunger for a deeper understanding of what we should be doing to prepare children now for the challenges of the future. This timely, important book is an answer to that call. In Pushing the Limits, Kelly Gallagher-Mackay and Nancy Steinhauer draw on their experiences as educational leaders to reveal that the schools of the future exist in the here and now. They introduce us to extraordinary Canadian public schools, deeply rooted in their communities, that are fostering innovators, nimble problem-solvers and engaged citizens, boosting math comprehension, cultivating creativity and using technology to broaden the parameters of learning. And they explore why the role of schools is expanding to nurture students' social-emotional skills and growth mindsets, and how vital this broader definition of education is to children's long-term health, happiness and success. This book provides a vision of what schooling can and should look like in our rapidly shifting world and explores how we-parents and teachers-can realize this vision together.
KELLY GALLAGHER-MACKAY is a lawyer, researcher and education activist. She is an assistant professor of Law and Society at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she researches issues of equity in education and children's services. Before joining the faculty she was Research Director at the non-profit group People for Education, where her research focuses on broad measures of school success as a means of evaluating what truly matters in schools. She has a PhD in Educational Policy from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and was the first Northern Director of a fully accredited law school for Inuit students in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She has two children in the public school system in Toronto.
NANCY STEINHAUER is an educational leader with over twenty years of experience, ranging from Canada's top private schools to diverse, inner city schools. In 2012, Nancy Steinhauer was the recipient of Canada's Outstanding Principals Award by The Learning Partnership and the Stand Up for Kids Award by the four Children's Aid Societies of Toronto. After spending two years working for the Ontario Ministry of Education as a Student Achievement Officer, Nancy recently took the helm as principal at The Mabin School, one of Canada's first Ashoka Changemaker Schools.
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How do we prepare children for a future we can't even imagine? This timely, important book examines the unique new challenges facing the Canadian education system and provides a vision of what schooling can and should look like in our rapidly changing world. Among experts-from business leaders to psychologists, academics to tech gurus-there is a burgeoning consensus that western education systems, designed in accordance with an industrial model, no longer fit the needs of a modern economy. We need to do more to foster innovators, creative thinkers and nimble problem solvers. Across Canada, there is a broad cultural debate swirling around how best to educate our children in the face of huge economic, social, ecological and political change. The question has become an ideological battleground-on the picket lines of the 2014 teachers' strike in BC; in the war of words around work-to-rule campaigns in Ontario; and the hysteria that comes to the fore every time test scores are published and Canada's poor performance lamented. Beyond a polarized debate though, there is a hunger for a greater understanding of what our schools should be doing to prepare children now for the challenges of the future. This book is an answer to that need. In Pushing the Limits, Kelly Gallagher-Mackay and Nancy Steinhauer isolate prevalent practices and ideas that are hindering progress within the education system, and present concrete and inspiring solutions for enacting change. They share knowledge they have accrued as educational leaders, Nancy as an outstanding principal with experience in elite private academies and extremely diverse inner-city schools, and Kelly as a lawyer and passionate educational researcher and advocate. With real-life anecdotes and practical examples, they outline a blueprint for success, answering the question of how we set up schools-and support them-to prepare our children for an unknown future.