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Position Papers

A Guide for Student Belonging in Public Schools in Manitoba MASS (March 2024)

MASS Position Statement – Indigenous Education May 11 2021

Student Mental Health and Student Well-Being and Well-Becoming 2019

Early Childhood Education and Care Position Paper -2015
Essential Learning (February 2014) 
With this paper, MASS is interested in playing a significant role in advancing the conversation around essential learning.
Manitoba Public Education: A View to the Future (March 2013)
Manitoba has a unique heritage and rich intellectual history due in large part to the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal people.
Mental Health Framework for Students (September 2012)
MASS believes there is an urgent need to address the social and emotional health of children and youth in a planned, integrated, and holistic way.
Building an Assessment Future with Purpose in Mind
Part 1: Assessment for and of Learning (2007) articulates the need for educational leaders to balance practices related to assessment of learning and assessment for learning in order to improve opportunities for learning in all Manitoba classrooms.
Part 2: Effective Communication about Student Learning (2009) highlights the many dimensions that affect communicating about student learning including being clear about the desired outcomes and criteria for success and the importance of informing a range of partners about student learning.
Early Childhood Education and Care  (November 2007) 
MASS has taken note of a growing body of research that indicates that systemic Early Childhood Education and Care programs provide substantial long-term benefits for both individuals and societies.
A Framework for Superintendent and Board Evaluation  (March 2008) 
MASS and MAST in this document describe the roles of boards and superintendents, providing a framework for evaluation of both.

Discussion Papers

Discussion Paper on Student Well-Being and Well-Becoming (May 2019)

National Inventory of School Dort of LGBTQ Student Wellbeing 1National Inventory of School District Interventions in Support of LGBTQ Student Wellbeing (2016)

EquityinEducation_Update 2016.04.14 1Equity in Education (June 2016)

(October 2014)  Education Finance Discussion Paper
School Mathematics Education: What’s the Point?  (March 2014)
Manitoba Education completed a review of the K-8 mathematics curriculum. The review follows the publication of and subsequent public responses to the results of the 2010 Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP)

Articles/Op Ed Pieces

Educational Outcomes and Indicators Shifting Attention from Trailing Indicators to Leading Indicators
by Jon Young & Brian O’Leary (September 2015)
School Boards for the 21st Century: Keeping the Public in Public Education by Jon Young (2009-10)
School boards represent one of Canada’s most enduring forms of elected representation. Over the years public education has seen many shifts in terms of the size, structures and functions of school boards in response to changing economic, social and political contexts, but for most of the twentieth century they remained vital institutions of community voice and of the localism central to public education and to the democratic process. However, over the last two decades, across a broad range of important educational matters – funding, collective bargaining, curriculum and assessment, school closures, to name only a few – there has, in most provinces, been marked centralizing of authority away from school boards to provincial governments.
The Grey Faces of Education and Democracy by John Wiens (March 2009)
The metaphor of the grey face, to my way of thinking, describes accurately where we find ourselves today in regard to the two human ideals we call education and democracy.
Public Schools Finance Board – MASS Survey Executive Summary (January 2007)
The Public Schools Finance Board plays a crucial role in the education of students in the schools of Manitoba.
Rural Education in Manitoba: Defining Challenges, Creating Solutions  (November 2006)
Public education everywhere in Manitoba and indeed across North America faces serious challenges.
The foundation of any education for citizenship is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, values, and dispositions that will equip them to participate in shaping the decisions that face all citizens, especially in a society that claims to be democratic.
Equity in Public Education  (Spring 2005)
Our public K-S4 education system has both a moral and legal obligation to education all children equitably.