Publications for Parents
- The Provincial Code of Conduct and School Board Codes of Conduct, 2012
The Ontario code of conduct sets clear provincial standards of behaviour. The code of conduct applies not only to students, but to everyone involved in the publicly-funded school system, including parents, teachers and other staff members.
- English Language Learners / ESL and ELD Programs and Services: Policies and Procedures for Ontario Elementary and Secondary Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12
- French–language Schools Open Doors to New Students (PDF, 144 KB)
Information about new admission policies to French-language schools for 2009-2010
- Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario's Schools, First Edition Covering Grades 1 to 12
This document provides information that will help teachers complete the report card and use it for reporting to parents. It also provides information to parents that will help them understand the reporting process.
- Highlights of Regulation 181/98: Identification and Placement of Exceptional Pupils
The Education Act requires that school boards provide, or purchase from another board, special education programs and services for their exceptional pupils. This attachment provides information about the Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC), and sets out the procedures involved in identifying a pupil as "exceptional", deciding the pupil's placement, or appealing such decisions when the parent does not agree with the IPRC.
- An Introduction to Combined Grades
An Introduction to Combined Grades brochure is intended to answer many of the questions parents may have about combined classrooms (also called split grades).
- Learning for All – A Guide to Effective Assessment and Instruction for All Students, Kindergarten to Grade 12, 2011
- Parents' Back to School Guide (PDF, 121 KB)
Tips and information for parents for the 2009-2010 school year
- Policy Statement and Guidelines on the Admission, Welcoming and Support of Students in French-Language Schools in Ontario (PDF, 3.05 MB)
- School Councils: A Guide for Members
Education is a partnership involving parents, students, teachers, principals, school boards, government, and the community. Your involvement in the school council gives you the opportunity to strengthen that partnership, and to be part of a dedicated team working to ensure a high quality of education and an accountable education system for the children of Ontario.
- School Funding – A Guide for Parents: How Does School Funding Support my Child's Education?
How does school funding in Ontario ensure that all students have the opportunity for a high quality education? One that helps them reach their fullest potential in school and in life?
- Supporting English language learners: A practical guide for Ontario educators Grades 1 to 8, 2008
This resource guide provides a rich source of practical techniques, research findings, and strategies that can be put to immediate use in the classroom and in the school. It also contains valuable information on working with families and communities, and as a whole school, to enable English language learners achieve curriculum expectations while they learn English.
Back to Top
Publications by Year
- Shared Solutions – A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts Regarding Programs and Services for Students with Special Education Needs
- Helping Your Child Do Mathematics – A Guide for Parents Kindergarten to Grade 6
This guide is available as an Adobe Acrobat file.
- Helping Your Child With Reading and Writing – A Guide for Parents Kindergarten to Grade 6
This guide is available as an Adobe Acrobat file.
- Parent Involvement (PDF, 448 KB)
This report is the result of four months of work during which members had the opportunity to further the work undertaken in the winter of 2005 for the Parent Voice in Education Project (PVEP).
- Parents Reaching Out Grants (2006)
Parents play a vital role in public education. Ontario's new Parents Reaching Out Grants are designed to encourage parents' involvement in their children's education, and support student learning.
- More Ways to Succeed in High School
These new programs are at the heart of our Student Success initiative. They give Ontario high school students more ways to accumulate credits to graduate, while improving the quality of a high school education in this province.
- Read Every Day, Read Together, Make Reading Fun
You are your child's first teacher. Reading is important to your child's development and his or her success in school and in life.
- Bullying: We Can All Help Stop It
The effects of bullying go beyond the school yard. For you as a parent, here's what to watch for, what you can do, and where you can go to get help.
- Special Education Transformation: The Report of the Co-Chairs with the Recommendations of the Working Table on Special Education
The report of the Co-Chairs with the Recommendations of the Working Table on Special Education.
- Planning Entry to School: A Resource Guide (2005)
The information in this resource guide will help school boards work with parents and community partners as they plan students' entry to school.
- Leading Education: New Supports for Principals and Vice-Principals in Ontario Publicly Funded Schools (December, 2005, v. 2)
Part of a series of mini discussion papers prepared for the Education Partnership Table to permit wide input to the direction of education in Ontario. This paper articulates the government's comprehensive strategy to strengthen school leadership.
- Ontario Parent Involvement Policy (December, 2005, v. 2)
Part of a series of mini discussion papers prepared for the Education Partnership Table. The Ministry of Education is striving for a new relationship among the groups that make up public education in Ontario. This paper is one of several setting out proposed government policy changes to help such a partnership to thrive.
- Teacher Excellence: Unlocking Student Potential Through Continuing Professional Development (August, 2004 v. 2)
Fifth in a series of mini discussion papers prepared for the Education Partnership Table. This paper is concerned with the ongoing continuing professional development of our teaching corps.
- Creating an Education Partnership Table (March 2004, v. 2)
First in a series of mini discussion papers prepared for the Education Partnership Table. This is the proposal for the Partnership Table: a problem-solving forum, where participants explain underlying wants and needs behind positions and bring facts to bear that allow others to appreciate their viewpoint.
- Building the Ontario Education Advantage: Student Achievement (April, 2004)
Second in a series of mini discussion papers prepared for the Education Partnership Table. The McGuinty government's vision and plans for publicly funded education.
- Revitalizing the Ontario College of Teachers (March, 2004)
Third in a series of mini discussion papers prepared for the Education Partnership Table. Key approaches of the McGuinty government for revitalizing the Ontario College of Teachers.
- Literacy for Learning: The Report of the Expert Panel on Literacy in Grades 4 to 6 in Ontario (2004)
This report sets out a framework for ensuring that students in Grades 4 to 6 in all publicly funded schools in Ontario receive the strategic instruction and support they need to develop as fully literate readers, writers, talkers, and thinkers.
- Making Ontario Schools Healthier Places to Learn (2004)
When children are exposed to less healthy choices at school, they do not compensate by choosing more healthy choices when away from school. Our schools need to help children learn how to make the best nutritional choices and form good eating habits now to carry them through their lives.
- Ontario Education Number (OEN): Information for Parents and Students(2003)
The OEN is a student identification number that will be assigned by the Ministry of Education to elementary and secondary students across the province. The number, which is unique to every student, will be used as the key identifier on a student's school records, and will follow the student through his or her elementary and secondary education.
Ontario Parent Council Reports – by year
Back to Top