Today, the Liberal Party of Ontario announced that, if re-elected, they will double the length of training requirements for elementary and secondary school teachers by amending the Ontario College of Teachers Act. This initiative is intended to improve teaching quality and student success by increasing the time teachers spend training and receiving professional development. The recent announcement highlighted that Ontario’s teacher training requirements are less time intensive than peer-jurisd …read more
In just a week I will be entering my fourth year as a student at Queen’s University. Fourth year is lauded as the year in which students can finally sink their teeth into critical thinking. They challenge professors in seminars, take advantage of smaller classes to have true discussion, and begin to mold their own hypotheses. Though I’m excited to finally critically engage with course material, I can’t help but wonder why it wasn’t possible earlier in my education. Thus far, my classroom …read more
It must be true that times flies when you’re having fun because we both cannot believe we’re already bidding farewell to OUSA and heading back to school. Both of us had the unique opportunity to spend four months delving into issues that are extremely relevant, not just to students but to all Ontarians. Living and breathing policy and research – from the number crunching to the lengthy policy manuals – has allowed us to fully appreciate the amount of detail that goes into forming policy …read more
Trent in Oshawa Campus
Trent University has had a campus in Oshawa for over thirty years. Originally located at the Durham and UOIT campus, Trent Oshawa students faced significant challenges in coming together to form a true community. In 2010, Trent Oshawa opened a satellite campus on Thornton Road in south Oshawa. While this allowed us to develop as a community more than on the Durham and UOIT campus, life on a satellite campus has posed many distinct challenges as well.
As the President of th …read more