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Welcome to the new Our Schools / Our Selves! Thanks so much for your patience. No doubt you’ve noticed that this is the spring/summer issue, and it breaks the (visual) mold you’ve grown accustomed to. We have launched a major redesign to try and ensure the look of the publication is as accessible and engaging as the contents we publish. Through this process, we will be temporarily moving to double issues for the next few months.
“I am standing in a place filled with monuments for the early explorers, pioneers, and heroic settlers. I cannot help but think that this memorialization is so one-sided, so monolithic, so homogenous.
The involvement of refugee parents in their children’s education is crucial for academic success and community development. Yet, schools often struggle in promoting the involvement of newcomer parents, especially in contexts where there are language, cultural and socioeconomic challenges separating the school system and its staff from the communities and families they serve.
The involvement of refugee parents in their children’s education is crucial for academic success and community development. Yet, schools often struggle in promoting the involvement of newcomer parents, especially in contexts where there are language, cultural and socioeconomic challenges separating the school system and its staff from the communities and families they serve.
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Over the past 15 years, revenue from student tuition has tripled, public student debt has ballooned (reaching $28 billion by 2012) and working conditions for campus staff have deteriorated. It's time for renewal in our post-secondary education sector to address decades of bad policy choices.
Au cours des 15 dernières années, les recettes provenant des frais de scolarité ont triple, la dette étudiante a grimpé de manière fulgurante (atteignant 28 milliards de dollars en 2012, voir la figure 3) et les conditions de travail sur les campus se sont détériorées. Il est temps de renouveler le secteur de l’éducation postsecondaire afin de remédier aux décennies de mauvaises politiques.
How is climate change and sustainability being taught, practiced and promoted in educational institutions across the country? To help answer that question, this issue of Our Schools/Our Selves profiles some of the work of the Sustainability Education Research Institute (SERI) at the University of Saskatchewan, and its flagship program, the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (sepn.ca). This collection is sure to be invaluable to educators and students keen to address this topic as workers, as students, as unionists, as activists, and as community members.
In Maththatmatters2, David Stocker has crafted another 50 lessons linking mathematics and social justice. For educators keen to provide rich learning opportunities and differentiated content that engages students with their lived realities, these lessons are sure to spark meaningful discussions—and action. 
The need to “tighten our belts” is heard so often in the public sector, it is pretty much accepted without question.  This is certainly the case for Canadian universities:  actions such as raising tuition fees, cutting programs, increasing class sizes and workloads, closing defined benefit pension plans, cutting salaries, discontinuing library subscriptions, and replacing tenure track positions with casual academic staff are seen as regrettable but necessary when claims of challenging fiscal times are repeated over and over.  

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