The Insider

We’ll use this space to highlight some of the things you need to know about your Our Kids membership, such as new profile updates. We’ll also use it to highlight items of more general interest, including what we and our members are involved in, projects we’re working on, developments in the marketplace, and ideas we think you’ll be interested in.


  • November 2020
    You may have noticed a new child-suitability filter on our school profiles. This is part of a vital addition to our platform—one which connects school and child information—what we’re calling “Child-School Insights.”...
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  • October 2020
    Dyslexia is the most common learning difference affecting students in educational environments, yet many educators feel unsure and unprepared to meet the needs of these students...
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  • September 2020
    “It’s what you cobble together when you try to figure out this current situation,” says Elena Holeton with a knowing chuckle. I had complimented her on the virtual events she was hosting for St. Clements...
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  • August 2020
    This is a telling moment, one fast becoming an inflection point not only within the pandemic, but within education itself. Parents (as outlined in gritty detail in a piece this week in Toronto Life) want real measures and clear, well delivered protocols...
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  • July 2020
    "It is now exactly eight weeks, eight short weeks until the first of September," Robert Mitchell, a PEI Liberal MLA, said last week when pressing the provincial minister of education...
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  • June 2020
    As you are (perhaps painfully) aware, things have changed. Some of the changes will be major and lasting, though often it’s the smaller ones that really shed light on what we’re facing....
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  • May 2020
    How private schools have worked through the coronavirus quarantine to date has been frankly impressive. It’s not a race, of course, and to be fair, everyone was caught off guard...
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  • April 2020 (2)
    “This too shall pass” is a phrase from a Persian adage first voiced more than a millennium ago, and it’s been repeated for lots of good reasons ever since. People prone to see the glass as half empty say it like a sigh, implying “what next?”...
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    April 2020 (1)
    When I was interviewing for the York School feature review, David Hanna, director of university counselling, described his role as this: to help students “find the best soil to plant their aspirations into.” Love that...
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  • March 2020 (2)
    Schools are rightly turning to technology for solutions around course delivery and completion. To support that transition, Microsoft—with whom we’ve recently partnered—has developed a frankly impressive suite of resources ...
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    March 2020 (1)
    When I was interviewing for the York School feature review, David Hanna, director of university counselling, described his role as this: to help students “find the best soil to plant their aspirations into.” Love that...
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  • February 2020
    “What’s it like?” says astronaut Buzz Aldrin, is the “most obvious, inevitable question” he’s been asked in the 50 years since Apollo 11. He also grumbles that it’s the hardest to answer. “What did it feel like? What were your thoughts and feelings as you walked on the moon?”...
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  • January 2020
    What does “more” mean to you? — A few years ago Microsoft partnered with the McKinsey Global institute to ask some big questions: What do today’s students need from their teachers? What do they need from their schools? How can we best address those needs?...
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  • December 2019
    Since we began the user reviews, the responses have been a lot of things: funny, surprising, informative. They’ve also been personal in all kinds of telling ways. Reading through these can feel like being with friends gathered in a coffee shop talking honestly about their experiences...
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  • November 2019
    There’s a different look to our report this month, which marks a slight shift in focus. We’ll still use this space to highlight some of the things you need to know, such as the note below about new Our Kids updates...
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