Rural education symposium

Children wait to enter a school bus.

THE COUNTIES, Ontario - The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry hosted a rural education symposium "Education Equity for Rural Students" on Feb. 3, 2022, highlighting important issues facing rural education throughout Ontario.

Informative presentations were delivered to address details and recommendations contained in a recently completed report entitled “Improving Rural Education in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry”, which was prepared by Horizon Educational Consultants of Ottawa. 

“Everyone interested in education for our children took this opportunity to find out more and advocate for the changes necessary to ensure that Ontario’s educational system is equitable for all students,” said United Counties of SDG CAO Tim Simpson.

Paul Bennett, author and Director of the Schoolhouse Institute and Adjunct Professor of Education at Dalhousie University, provided a keynote address highlighting rural education issues.

Click on this link to watch the entire symposium.


“Improving Rural Education” presented by SDG Counties Councillor Kirsten Gardner and Stephanie Jaworski

"Exploring the Social and Economic Impact of Schools in Small Ontario Communities - A Research Report from the Community Schools Alliance” and “2018 Ontario Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline” presented by Doug Reycraft of the Community Schools Alliance

“Rural Education Task Force: A Conversation About Rural Schools”  presented by Marcus Ryan of the Community Schools Alliance

Keynote address "Pathway to Community Revitalization: School Closures, Rural Resistance and the Promise of Community Hub Schools”  presented by Paul Bennett, Director of the Schoolhouse Institute and Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University


Click here to learn more about Stephanie Jaworski

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Click here to learn more about Paul Bennett

Click here to learn more about the Community Schools Alliance