Today's Lesson

In our experience we have met 2 types of parents; parents looking for the best school (‘best’ based on a set of criteria predetermined well before they speak to us). And - the other type of parent.  Parents who are determined to find the best school for their child.


If you are the first type of parent, best of luck to you on your search. We are confident you will find an amazing school (as many do exist) and your child may (or may not) bask in their glow of excellence. Unfortunately, excellence does not breed through osmosis. We believe that one rather, should approach selecting their child’s school with a grain of realism. 


Which brings me to the most important question you can ask yourself to launch your search: “What is the best school for my child?”


At Wolff Educational Services we conduct needs assessments that breaks this criteria into 3 selection houses. They are the Social, Emotional and Academic Houses of your child’s success and achievement at school. We have broken these houses into realistic criteria based on actual achievement data (the learning skills) and are written in academic language (reflective of curriculum expectations). Once the assessment is completed, it is simply a matter of matching the results (your child's area of strength and need) with the schools that offer programming in these areas. The equation breeds student success and achievement. Its flawless in its design.


Parents, education today is comprised of these 3 houses working together in unity and harmony. Students must demonstrate learning in all 3 of these areas in order to be successful. The way the curriculum is taught and learned is not inherent of 20th century practices anymore. 21st century classrooms are much more layered in there design and learning platforms are reflective of differentiated instruction, individualized for your child to demonstrate learning and skills. 


Before you begin your school search, know what it is your are looking for. Know what your child's strengths and areas of need are in each area (house) of the learning platforms and how they relate to both the classroom and school. Understand what the classroom does and can do, map the landscape as you would any foreign environment. 


And if you feel like you need an education in all things education before you try and map out a route for your child - call us! We can help - however, we will only find the best school for your child….not necessarily what you think is the best school.


Until Our Next Lesson……


How is Bullying addressed at your child's school?

Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

All schools have published this definition in your child’s agendas, on the school website or somewhere visible inside of the school:

Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

 Bullying can present in different forms. These include:

Physical (hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property)

Verbal (name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments)

Social (excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them)

Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and social networking sites)

Bullying happens when children and adolescents selectively (for a variety of reasons) choose to be unkind, to not think of others and to therefore not exercise empathy, tolerance, compassion and understanding towards peers, youth and others in general.

What are schools doing to keep your children safe?

It is important to know that every school has a Safe School Strategy. This strategy requires that all schools have a bullying prevention and intervention plan and procedures in place, as well as a safe school’s team. Schools have been provided with resources and training for teachers and principals. So ask your child’s principal about what their Safe school strategy is and how it can help protect your child.

The Ministry of Education sees bullying as a serious problem as demonstrated by the policies and procedures that are in place:

Policy (PPM140) defines bullying and outlines expectations for school boards on bullying prevention and intervention.

The Keeping our Kids Safe at School Act came into effect in 2010 and states that all staff must report serious incidents and respond to inappropriate actions that take place in schools.

And, Bill 212 states that students both in elementary and secondary school who engage in any type of bullying and break the code of conduct can get suspended from school.

Bullying affects the whole child (socially, emotionally and academically) and every aspect of their life. If your child is being bullied, don’t wait – get help. Here is the ministry guide on what to look for if you suspect your child is getting bullied:

Please educate your child and yourself in how to keep our schools and students safe. Urge them to participate and do their part to stand up to bullying and to keep the lines of communication open and honest. Remind them that schools are safe places and that there are many programs and policies in place that protect students and make all schools safe places to learn.

When students understand that bullying is a school, community and societal issue – they won’t feel alone in their struggle.  That knowledge may even discourage a child who may have engaged in bullying type behaviours to find a better way to express themselves.

This week is an opportunity to echo at home what your child is learning about in their school. It is a perfect week for a social emotional check in.

Stay Safe.
Kindness Counts.
Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Until our next Lesson…..