Welcome to CAPSLE

Welcome to the online home of CAPSLE – the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education. Here you will find information about the organization and its members, as well as the benefits that CAPSLE offers to its membership groups. 

CAPSLE serves a wide variety of stakeholders in the education and law communities, with a focus on the practical implications of how the law affects the education systems across the country.  Those stakeholders include academics, teachers, administrators, board members and trustees, union representatives, professional staff, government and lawyers – and that is not an exhaustive list.  In 2020, the education and law stakeholders have experienced one of the most challenging professional and personal crises of our lifetime.  The closure of our schools and near-complete shutdown of communities and our society in Canada has presented a significant challenge.  How do we continue to offer Canadian students the kind of education they deserve?  How do we ensure that legal obligations to all stakeholders continue to be met, including health and safety, accommodation of students with disabilities, commitments to employees, and more?  How should our laws be interpreted to address the challenges brought by the pandemic?  What new laws have been passed to deal with these unprecedented issues in schools, universities and colleges?

For CAPSLE, the COVID-19 emergency meant that we could not hold our annual conference in Ottawa.  We remain grateful to the Ottawa conference planning committee and all of our speakers and presenters for their contributions. We are working on a plan to convert this content and deliver it to CAPSLE members.  Although we could not meet in person in Ottawa, we held a successful virtual AGM on May 2, 2020 during which a new Board of Directors was elected.

CAPSLE and its Board will focus on carrying out its mandate through virtual and electronic means, and planning another great conference in Fredericton on May 2-4, 2021.  This initiative has been ongoing for several years with our webinars and publications.  We are now more motivated than ever to deliver regular content and engage with members on social media.

We welcome your views on what CAPSLE can do to support its members and engage in professional development in these current circumstances.  There is so much we can learn from each other in the CAPSLE community as we solve challenges presented by the lockdowns, and start to reopen parts of our schools and communities.  Please reach out to us with your experiences and requests for engagement from CAPSLE!

The intersection of law and education is in the news and our lives on a daily basis.  I encourage you to keep an eye on CAPSLE’s website and social media, and to consider membership in this great organization.  If you are already a member, thank you for your continued support!  

Kate Dearden

President, 2020-2021