The ministry is thrilled to start the new year with all the key elements and components of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research in place and buzzing with energy. Collectively, we achieved many milestones in 2017. After an extensive proposal process, the ministry and the KNAER Secretariat teams began the year by welcoming our first two networks, the Mathematics Knowledge Network and the Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being. In the following months, after several more proposals, reviews, and cups of coffee, our network grew with the addition of the Indigenous and Equity Knowledge Networks and the onboarding of the Developmental Evaluation team. In 2018, the ministry KNAER team looks forward to furthering our work on brokering connections and strengthening relationships between and among the KNAER networks and the ministry priority areas through the KNAER Coordinating Committee. We are confident that we will go that much further together in 2018 as we work towards our collective goal of mobilizing knowledge to improve educational outcomes for all Ontario students.

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What an incredible year of growth it has been for KNAER! With the expansion of our initial two networks and the addition of a third, 2017 also saw our team evolve. Led by two Co-Directors and two KMb Managers, our support staff now includes a full-time Social Media and Communications Coordinator, a KMb Facilitator, and a Researcher.

The launch of our new website this year not only debuted KNAER’s new modern look, but also introduced several new features.

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We also launched the inaugural issue of the KNAERative—our quarterly newsletter—in October, to keep you in the loop with updates from the KNAER networks, the Secretariat, and Ministry teams; useful educational resources; the newest KMb blog posts; upcoming events; and more! 

We also established The Knowledge Hub this year: an open access area designed to make KNAER resources and learning easily accessible to researchers and practitioners alike. Here you will find a range of resources that focus on connecting research and other types of evidence to school and classroom policies and practices—resources that can support Ontario students and teachers in Achieving Excellence.

Network profile pages are an easy way to stay connected and learn more about the important work of each network. Stay tuned for more information on KNAER’s 4th thematic network—the Indigenous Education Knowledge Network—launching soon!

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The Ontario Ministry of Education announced a call for proposals in April for the 3rd thematic knowledge network: the Equity Knowledge Network. We were thrilled to announce that the Ministry selected the University of Ottawa to host this network, and we were pleased to support the official launch of the bilingual Réseau de Savoir sur l’Équité | Equity Knowledge Network (RSEKN). Read more about the RSEKN here.

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In its first full year, the Math Knowledge Network (MKN) expanded to include over 14 school districts, 15 universities, and 16 organizations. The MKN also developed their own website, which includes a page that provides access to resources from each of their four communities of practice. To learn more about the work, conferences, resources, and networking they accomplished in Year 1 and as they entered Year 2, please read their update.

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The Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being (KNSWB) had a very busy year producing and updating over 15 “Research in Brief” research summaries in both English and French. Additionally, in partnership with School Mental Health Assist, the KNSWB supported the “Leading Mentally Healthy Schools” Initiative, which developed and produced a package of resources for principals. To learn more about networking, conferences, and knowledge-sharing from the KNSWB in 2017, please read their update.

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In 2017, #KNAER mobilized knowledge at many events across Ontario. Notably, our KNAER secretariat was given the honour of presenting the keynote address at the SickKids Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate Program. In May, the secretariat teamed up with our Ministry of Education partners, as well as the Math and Well-Being Knowledge Networks, at the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum (CKF) to present a panel discussion on “Leading and implementing a systems approach to knowledge mobilization in Ontario.” In June, we at KNAER were thrilled to share the importance of evidence-informed practice in the publication of our research "Developing a knowledge network for applied education research to mobilise evidence in and for educational practice”. 

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As the KNAER networks continue to expand and develop on their own, we have also had the opportunity to begin mobilizing knowledge through cross-network collaboration. Most recently, KNAER facilitated a cross-network meeting in November, which allowed the networks to strengthen their relationships and discuss the ways in which their work is interconnected. We are eager to create more of these opportunities in the years to come!

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We hit some social media milestones this year! We reached over 4,000 followers (and counting!) on Twitter and continue to grow our Facebook presence alongside our network development. We at KNAER would like to thank you all for your support and we look forward to meeting, connecting, and mobilizing knowledge through our social media channels in the upcoming year! Please like and follow our accounts to stay connected.

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As we reflect on the many accomplishments of 2017, we at KNAER are also looking forward. In February, KNAER will attend the 12th annual Ontario Education Research Symposium (OERS), which will focus on “Advancing Equity and Achievement in Ontario Classrooms.” To learn more about upcoming events visit our Event Calendar.

Wishing everyone all the best for a productive 2018!
—Team KNAER