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New - Parent Engagement On-line Course

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Home and School Partnerships

Parent engagement is a significant predictor of school success.  Learn how to create a positive and productive partnership with your child's school.

Course consists of:

  • Five Engagements
  • Each engagement includes:
    • 12-15 min video
    • Overview of Key Concepts
    • Support Resources
    • Points to Ponder - reflective questions to guide the enhancement of your home and school partnership

Trent University's Professional Events Week - April 2019

Worked with Teacher Candidates to ensure student work is Purposeful, Personal and Practical.  As well, provided candidates with practical tips and suggestions in order to Make The Interview Count.


Throughout his Forge The Route presentation, Jamie stressed that a “student’s feeling of making progress has a profound impact on that student’s motivation.”  As educators, we tend to forget how we need to look at the engagement and relevancy of the material to help students achieve.

Mike D’Ostilio

Middle School Principal, Sewell, NJ


Jamie brings a forward-thinking attitude to the classroom.  He presents the three R’s as a tool for student centered learning.  He’s a passionate educator and an emerging leader in the switch from teacher directed to student led learning.

Brandon Goon

CEO at Be Anything, New York, NY




Building a Productive Partnership Between Home and School

Together,  Jamie and his wife, Carol have over a half century of experience as educators in Ontario’s public education system. But they’re not done yet. In this innovative new podcast, the Brickers join forces to bring you insights and strategies on building effective and productive partnerships between home and school —— Bricker by Bricker!

May 6, 2019 - Back to the Basics - Many changes are coming to Ontario’s Education system:  class size, curriculum content and the availability of technology.  In today’s podcast, Jamie and Carol discuss the proposed changes to the Math Curriculum, as Ontario’s focus transitions to Math Fundamentals or Back to the Basics.  How will these changes impact Ontario students over the next few years?

Check out the report from EQAO (Education Quality Accountability Office) Lessons from EQAO Data on Fundamental Math Skills: How Are Ontario Students Doing?

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Jamie Bricker is a retired elementary school administrator and teacher residing in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. He attained his Masters in Education (Curriculum) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and he relentlessly pursued heightened student achievement and engagement throughout both his administrative and teaching careers.

Jamie has recently published his first book, "The New 3 Rs of Teaching and Learning", which is driven by the key thesis that educators need to value creative and innovative thinking in our students, rather than simply rewarding a good short-term memory. Passionate innovation must always be valued far more than programmed recitation.

Jamie's ardent belief in this thesis is at the core of his interactive "Forge The Route" presentation, that he has shared internationally with both faculty of education students and current teachers and administrators. The bottom line is that we have to encourage students of all ages to forge the route, rather than simply follow the rote!

His other educational passion is Parent Engagement, and he co-hosts twice monthly podcasts of "Bricker by Bricker" with his wife Carol, another recently retired educator. They are also working in conjunction with to provide an on-line course on Parent Engagement.


Today’s learners must be valued for their ability to think, far more than for their ability to simply remember.  For far too long, successful students followed the teacher-imposed script and were content to simply memorize the content.  They can now access any facts and figures in a matter of seconds, so why should they be rewarded for spending hours memorizing anything?

Sustainable learning is driven by active exploration, not simply passive exposure to new material.   Students need to be encouraged to forge the route, not simply follow the rote!

As such, they need to routinely have opportunities to explore tasks that are PURPOSEFUL, PERSONAL, and PRACTICAL.

PURPOSEFUL tasks relate to real-life issues and help promote active learning.

PERSONAL tasks synthesize new meaningful learning with prior related experiences.

PRACTICAL tasks help lay the foundation for a lifetime of continuous discovery.

Passionate Innovation must be far more valued than programmed recitation!

Half Day Workshop

Forge the Route - Purposeful, Personal and Practical Tasks for Students

Hour Workshop

Forge Your Route - Exploring Your Choice of Three Key Concepts

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The New 3 Rs of Teaching and Learning

There will always be some memorization associated with new knowledge and skill acquisition, but to live a successful and fulfilling life in our modern world, teaching and learning must be guided by

The New 3 Rs: Richness, Relevance, and Return On Investment.

If classroom tasks don’t routinely connect with all three of these critical components, then educators must honestly ask themselves, “What R we teaching our students!”

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