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Improving Noncollege Pathways to Skills and Successful Careers

This report looks at three tools to better serve students whose initial entry into the workforce will not necessarily include a traditional college degree.

Report | 28 pages | May 2019 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Accommodating Disabilities: Building Educator Capacity to Help Students Succeed in PSE

Post-secondary education institutions in Canada are enrolling more and more students with diverse and wide-ranging disabilities. What do college and university educators need to know to help accommodate the varied learning needs of students in their classrooms? This webinar will discuss the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program, a modified college diploma program offered at Ontario colleges for students with significant learning challenges. The CICE program enlists dedicated learning facilitators who work with teaching faculty to modify course components to suit the learning objectives of the individual student. The webinar will discuss how the CICE program achieves collaboration between program staff and college faculty to help students with disabilities succeed in achieving their learning goals.

Recorded Webinar | September 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Décrochage scolaire au Québec : dix ans de surplace, malgré les efforts de financement

Les tests internationaux indiquent que le système éducatif québécois se compare favorablement aux provinces canadiennes et aux pays de l’OCDE, mais le taux de diplomation dans les écoles publiques québécoises est encore très faible. Il faudrait, en fait, plus de financement et un choix des mesures et programmes plus judicieux.

Note de recherche | 50 pages | May 2018 | Mia Homsy, Simon Savard | Le Conference Board du Canada

School Dropouts in Quebec: Ten Years of Marking Time, Despite the Money Spent

International tests indicate the Quebec educational system compares favourably with the other Canadian provinces and with OECD countries, but the high school graduation rate is still low. What is needed is a better selection of policies and programs.

Briefing | 54 pages | May 2018 | Mia Homsy, Simon Savard | The Conference Board of Canada

Gender Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Business and Higher Education Perspectives

In 2017, university and business leaders met to discuss gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in post-secondary education and the private sector in Canada. This report explores insights and recommendations shared at that meeting.

Report | 77 pages | April 2018 | Jessica Edge, Eleni Kachulis, Matthew McKean | The Conference Board of Canada

Équité des sexes, diversité et inclusion : Perspectives du milieu des affaires et de l’enseignement supérieur

En 2017, des dirigeants d’universités et d’entreprises se sont réunis pour discuter de l’équité hommes-femmes, de la diversité et de l’inclusion dans l’enseignement supérieur et le secteur privé au Canada. Ce rapport explore les points de vue et les recommandations formulés à cette réunion.

Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d’une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Rapport | 81 pages | April 2018 | Jessica Edge, Eleni Kachulis, Matthew McKean | Le Conference Board du Canada

Employability Skills: What Every Employer Seeks

Employers in all sectors across Canada seek workers who demonstrate Employability Skills. The Conference Board of Canada’s Employability Skills define the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace. They are the foundation for employability and provide a common language for recruitment, performance review, and career path planning.

Related resources, including the Employability Skills Toolkit and the Employability Skills Credentialing Tool,are available to support Employability Skills development. These tools are designed to help individuals and employers in performance review and career path planning activities.

Join Alison in this webinar, and learn how Employability Skills can help learners and employers focus and develop the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed for success in the workplace and beyond.

Recorded Webinar | April 2018 | Alison Howard | The Conference Board of Canada

Putting Social Sciences and Humanities Graduates to Work: Strategies that Move Students from Classroom to Career

This recorded webinar discusses how post-secondary institutions and educators can better support social sciences and humanities students for careers before they make the transition to the work world.

Recorded Webinar | March 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Understanding the Teenage Mind: Strategies to Engage Youth in Agri-Food Careers

According to the 2016 Census, the agriculture and agri-food sector accounts for 6.7% of Canada’s total GDP and employs approximately 2.3 million people. However, despite agri-food’s significant contribution to the economy, the average Canadian teenager is unsure about the sector and uninformed of its career opportunities. This lack of awareness presents a serious challenge to recruit the next generation of agri-food employees. With a rising labour shortage in the sector, and a need to feed a growing population, it is more important than ever to interest youth in an agri-food career pathway. So how do we get them engaged?

Recorded Webinar | March 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Établir des liens : pour plus de collégialité et de collaboration dans tout l’enseignement

Ce rapport montre comment des partenariats et communautés de pratique peuvent améliorer les relations entre primaire, secondaire et EPS dans les arts, les lettres et sciences humaines, et les sciences sociales, pour le bien des établissements d’enseignement, des éducateurs et des étudiants.

Rapport | 80 pages | March 2018 | Elizabeth Martin | Le Conference Board du Canada

De l’université à la carrière : les transitions des diplômés en sciences humaines

Le cliché du « barista titulaire d’un baccalauréat » est au cœur du débat populaire parmi les diplômés des programmes d’enseignement postsecondaire en sciences sociales et humaines. Ce rapport examine comment l’enseignement postsecondaire améliore la transition vers l’emploi pour ces diplômés.

Rapport | 108 pages | March 2018 | Elizabeth Martin | Le Conference Board du Canada

Making the Connection: Growing Collegiality and Collaboration Between K–12 and PSE Educators

This report offers insights into how partnerships and communities of practice can improve the connection between K–12 and PSE educators in the arts, humanities, and social sciences—to the benefit of educational institutions, educators, and students.

Report | 74 pages | March 2018 | Elizabeth Martin | The Conference Board of Canada

Post-Secondary Partnerships & Entrepreneurial Skills Development

Post-secondary students make up Canada’s largest source of new talent. Unfortunately, Canadian grads are experiencing high unemployment rates and gaps in skill-sets, citing a lack of experience as a main barrier to employment.

Recorded Webinar | February 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Getting to Work: Career Skills Development for Social Sciences and Humanities Graduates

The “barista with a BA” trope dominates popular discussion about graduates of social sciences and humanities post-secondary programs. This report examines post-secondary education’s role in improving the transition to employment for these graduates.

Report | 102 pages | February 2018 | Jessica Edge, Elizabeth Martin, Matthew McKean | The Conference Board of Canada

The Cost of Inequality and the Role of Early Child Education in Closing the Gap

Greater investment in early childhood education (ECE) can be a springboard to success. Expanding ECE in Canada would increase female labour market participation, improve child outcomes (especially for disadvantaged children), and reduce Canada’s income inequality.

Access to ECE helps cultivate a healthy society. Yet Canada spends less on ECE than other countries. Our educational enrolment rate for children aged 2-4 year is 58 per cent, compared to the average of close to 70 per cent in comparable advanced nations. Bringing Canada’s enrolment rate for children aged 2 to 4 up to the average of other nations would put 134,000 more children in ECE programs.

In this free webinar, Craig Alexander will present the findings of Conference Board research on the impact of ECE. The full analysis is published in the Conference Board report, Ready for Life: A Socio-Economic Analysis of Early Childhood Education and Care. Craig will also address the most important dimensions for policy-makers to discuss in order to maximize the benefits of ECE – enrolment rates and the duration that children receive ECE programming.

The bottom line is that investments in play-based high-quality ECE can help children from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed.

It can also help improve income for low income families and help support women in the labour market. And, it would remove a key source of inequality.

Recorded Webinar | January 2018 | Craig Alexander | The Conference Board of Canada

How to Reinvigorate Higher Education for the 21st Century: 13 Recommendations for Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act

This policy brief outlines recommendations for Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization which will increase innovation, affordability, and transparency in higher education, while ensuring accountability for students and taxpayers.

Report | 20 pages | January 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Supporting All Learners through Inclusive Post-Secondary Education

Adult learners with significant learning challenges, cognitive and developmental disabilities, and acquired brain injuries have more support than ever before to help them obtain a post-secondary education (PSE) credential. Thanks to specialized inclusive education programs offered by Canadian colleges and universities, these learners can gain academic, employment, and personal supports to help them achieve their goals. Once largely excluded from PSE and employment, these individuals are benefiting from programs that including curriculum modifications, tailored learning services, and supported community work placements.

Join us in examining what inclusive education means for Canadian PSE. We will discuss how inclusive PSE programs are designed and delivered, what goes into operating a successful inclusive education program, and what the benefits are for learners, communities, employers, and PSE.

Recorded Webinar | December 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Ready for Life: A Socio-Economic Analysis of Early Childhood Education and Care

This report explores the impact of early childhood education (ECE) on the Canadian economy and highlights its potential to improve socio-economic outcomes including the reduction of poverty and income inequality.

Report | 96 pages | October 2017 | Craig Alexander, Kip Beckman, Alicia Macdonald, Cory Renner, Matthew Stewart | The Conference Board of Canada

Prêts pour la vie : analyse socio-économique de l’éducation et des soins à la petite enfance

Ce rapport étudie l’incidence de l’éducation de la petite enfance (EPE) sur l’économie canadienne et souligne sa capacité d’améliorer les résultats socio-économiques, y compris de faire reculer la pauvreté et de réduire les inégalités de revenu.

Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d’une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Rapport | 101 pages | October 2017 | Craig Alexander, Kip Beckman, Alicia Macdonald, Cory Renner, Matthew Stewart | Le Conference Board du Canada

International Student Attraction in the Era of Brexit and Trump

Recent political developments in the U.K. and U.S. bring into question whether those countries will continue to appeal to international students. Some argue that Brexit, changes to U.K. immigration policies, and Trump’s rhetoric will benefit competitor nations such as Canada, who also look to attract international students.

However, while politics has a major influence on the decision making of international students, other factors also play a role. Uri Carnat of IDP Education provides an overview of these factors and how they are currently impacting the international student landscape.

Uri looks at the latest international student statistics, focusing on Canada, the U.K., U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. In comparison with these countries, what are Canada’s advantages, and where is it falling short? How can Canada address its shortcomings?

Uri also provides insights on key international student source countries and how these developments will impact Canada.

Recorded Webinar | October 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

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