Smaller classes create more opportunities for one-on-one interaction between teachers and students, greater individualization and enhanced student engagement.
The most important role of teachers is building strong, meaningful and professional relationships with students.
Research supports small classes: “The academic literature strongly supports the common-sense notion that class size is an important determinant of student outcomes.”
For the inclusion of all students with diverse learning needs in the same learning environment to be successful, students must have timely access to appropriate supports and resources.
Some students require additional professional and para-professional support including learning coaches, educational assistants, behavioural counsellors, psychologists and speech and language pathologists.
School boards need adequate funding to ensure resources are available without drawing funding from general education funding sources.
Early childhood programs are instrumental in ensuring that all children come to school ready to learn. At-risk students can be identified early and matched with developmental supports that remove or reduce barriers to learning.
Developmentally appropriate kindergarten programs benefit children academically and socially, especially children from low socio-economic or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of early learning programs—with some demonstrating a return of investment as high as nine to one.
School counsellors provide ongoing counselling services, respond to crisis situations and promote good mental well-being generally.
Access to school counselling significantly reduces student anxiety and depression and has been connected to decreases in student behaviour problems and incidents of bullying.
School counsellors have received additional professional development or graduate-level training that prepares them to support students’ personal, social, educational and career development, as well as promote students’ mental health and well-being.