Rural Education Symposium


The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry will host a rural education symposium “Education Equity for Rural Students” on February 3, 2022, highlighting important issues facing rural education throughout Ontario.

Informative presentations will be delivered in English 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. 

This free event will be held virtually via Zoom and livestreamed on SDG’s YouTube channel, starting at 9 a.m. and wrapping up at 12:30 p.m. 

“We encourage everyone interested in education for our children to take 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.

Following the presentations, Paul Bennett, author and Director of the Schoolhouse Institute and Adjunct Professor of Education at Dalhousie University, will provide a keynote address highlighting rural education issues. The day will conclude with a roundtable discussion involving the presenters and keynote speaker. Erik Lockhart of Queen’s University will moderate the session.


9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Opening remarks – Warden Carma Williams, United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and Erik Lockhart, Queen’s University

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. – “Improving Rural Education” presented by SDG Counties Councillor Kirsten Gardner and Stephanie Jaworski

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. – “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 Marcus Ryan and Doug Reycraft of the Community Schools Alliance

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Break

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. – “Rural Education Task Force: A Conversation About Rural Schools”  presented by Arlene Morell of the Thames Valley District School Board

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. – 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

11:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Roundtable discussion and session wrap up facilitated by Erik Lockhart of Queen’s University

12:30 p.m. – Closing remarks from Warden Carma Williams.

There are two links you can use to register: and

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Symposium.


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