Deani Van Pelt

Deani Van Pelt is a Cardus Senior Fellow, the President of Edvance Christian Schools Association, and a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, where she formerly served as the Director of the Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education.

Bio last updated December 6th, 2021.

Deani Van Pelt

Articles by Deani Van Pelt

  • Educating Globally, Deciding Locally

    In late March, parallel to the annual Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa, Convivium's parent think tank Cardus hosted a panel discussion on educational innovation. Alberta journalist Danielle Smith spoke with Ray Pennings, executive vice president of Cardus, and Deani Van Pelt, President of Edvance Christian Schools Association.

    However, if the tray is funded by the ministry of education, and a family decides to switch schools to an independent school, that tray may not go with the student to their new school Danielle Smith: A big part of the fight over education reform has to do with unions and also with regulations on sch...

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  • A Fresh Eye On Education

    In late March, parallel to the annual Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa, Convivium's parent think tank Cardus hosted a panel discussion on educational innovation. Alberta journalist Danielle Smith spoke with Ray Pennings, executive vice president of Cardus, and Deani Van Pelt, President of Edvance Christian Schools Association.

    I want to make the argument that when we think of reform in education at large, we need to include in our thinking the independent school sector So my answer to the question, Is education reform possible in Canada? would have these two caveats: Yes it is possible, first, if we’re willing to learn fr...

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  • Independent Doesn’t Mean Isolated

    Who’s blazing a trail on school funding in Canada? Turns out it’s Saskatchewan. And as Cardus senior fellow Dr. Deani Van Pelt tells Convivium publisher Peter Stockland, two new education research papers hold some fascinating findings for Canadians interested in public education.

    What we found interesting when it came to that public relations or that government relations side, was the associations that served independent schools in funded provinces were more involved in the government relations, that is in the government advocacy side We were interested not only in how many ...

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  • Breaking Independent School Stereotypes

    Educational experts Derek J. Allison, Beth Green, and Deani Neven Van Pelt argue Toronto’s extension of its publicly funded breakfast program to independent schools is a great start to overcoming that misconception that their students are all kids with silver spoons in their mouths.  

    The Toronto Board of Health deserves great credit for seeking to remedy such injustice by extending access to student nutrition programs in all eligible schools, public and independent So, not only are taxpayers whose kids attend independent schools already supporting the public school system with t...

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  • Of Earth and Son

    Deani Van Pelt keeps close to her the constant reminder that the words on her son's tombstone – words from the gospel, words of faith – would not be there without the support of the community who helped raise her son into a devoted follower of Christ.

    When you read the words on his stone, know that without the love of others, those words, those Psalm and gospel words, would not be there The sacred words on that stone would not be there without the love and care that others poured into our son ...

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  • Habits of Heart and Mind

    As an educator, how do I develop these habits of heart and mind that anticipate life in the new world here, now? How do I guide our children to desiring to live magnanimously, beyond pursuing goals of personal fulfillment and happiness? So, if rules and classrooms are not sufficient to develop good ...

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