Joanne Sallay is the President of Teachers on Call, a personalized home tutoring service in the Greater Toronto Area, which provides one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades. With a background in commercial banking, Joanne's experience working with entrepreneurs coupled with her passion for learning led her to her most recent role in the education field.
In addition to regularly blogging about educational news, learning strategies and the latest in student books, Joanne focuses a significant amount of time on supporting the local community. She is a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient and Co-Chair of the Corsage Project, a non-profit organization in partnership with the Children's Aid Foundation.
While she figuratively carries the torch for education, Joanne was an Olympic Torchbearer for the Vancouver Olympics.
The summer is winding down, back-to-school commercials are airing, and must-have items for the season are floating in cyberspace. It's clear that another school year is on the horizon. After a long an...
As an advocate for connecting teachable moments with special occasions, I recommend selecting gifts for Father's Day that have Canadian flair. It's a great way for the entire family to celebrate dad and commemorate Canada 150 simultaneously.
Although students deserve a vacation, the entire summer is a long time to go without educational activities and stimulation. While this impacts a wide range of children, it can be particularly challenging for students of high-school age. What is the solution?
Mother's Day is almost here, and many of us are still scrambling for a meaningful gift. It's not an easy task to pick out an original present for the special ladies in our lives. So for everyone still searching, I recommend putting multiple heads together and making this a family activity by involving the kiddies in the process.
Gifts connected to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are also very popular this season. Many modern tech toys help kids interact with technology without losing hands-on play. These gadgets can come at higher price points, so family members may want to pool their resources for one big present.
To get an academic head start, here are some of the latest educational trends to hit the classroom this fall for students of all ages. They cover a range of categories including innovative lunches, jazzy school supplies, cool technology, and grassroots philanthropy.
Although the classrooms will be empty for two months, who says the learning has to stop? Taking advantage of holidays, celebrations and festivals presents great opportunities to reinforce teachable moments. And what better summer learning opportunity is there than the biggest birthday party in town on July 1?
Mother's Day is the perfect opportunity to express appreciation for the special women in our lives by spoiling them with love and trinkets. With time ticking away, you may still be looking for that coveted perfect gift. While flowers, accessories and beauty products may seem like obvious choices, in my opinion, experiences and items that can be shared are the most special.
The story is less about the pictures and more about the words. It contains methodically picked vocabulary with a psychological purpose. One recommendation is to concentrate on listening instead of the pictures, however the pages are filled with soft subdued colours to keep readers in a peaceful and calm place.
Boxing week sales present good opportunities to snap up the coolest games, gadgets and gizmos of 2015. The discounts have already started, so it's time to search for the best deals. Here are 10 educational toys that encourage learning opportunities and growth through play. Students will develop vital skills and have a great time in the process!
Whether you're heading out of town to a holiday destination or enjoying a relaxing staycation at home, reading is a great activity for children to escape and explore the world. Here are four children's books that will bring adventure, culture and delight to the entire family.
Exam time is a major moment of anxiety for young learners -- and the adults who love them. While the holiday season is on the minds of many, for others, it means that exam period is just around the corner. A common school-related question from parents is how to best prepare students for these super-stressful tests.
Books often act as our friends, companions and teachers. They can entertain, educate and impart life lessons. Stories can also be introduced to students from a very young age and many of these stories carry meaning for years to come.
On Thursday October 1st the Air Canada Centre was transformed into a gigantic classroom with over 20,000 students to host the educational field trip of a lifetime: We Day. The brainchild of Free the C...
With students returning to the classroom, summer is officially coming to an end. Families are frantically shopping for new supplies, clothes and gadgets to guarantee a great year, and there's a lot of information circulating in cyberspace on the latest must-have back-to-school gear. With the help of some industry experts, my mission is to shed light on the latest trends in the education space for students of all ages.
When entrepreneurial reality shows first hit the networks, I was totally hooked. Many of the inventions featured are family focused, unique to the market, and solve problems for parents. Here are three companies whose baby gear caught my eye and ended up in my online shopping cart because of reality television.
The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games provide great teaching opportunities this summer. Whether you attend events live or watch from afar, they foster important messages of courage, determination and diversity -- just to name a few.
These past few months I have learned there are many similarities between being a mother and entrepreneur. Common skills are drawn upon to run a growing home and business. It takes strong leadership, decision-making and communication skills -- just to name a few.
For all the bookworms out there with little learners in their lives, I suggest celebrating with children's books. It is a great opportunity to embrace "girl power" with stories that showcase courage, confidence and creativity.