Professional Learning


Professional Learning

Thousands of teachers and administrators across the province benefit from the many professional learning opportunities offered by The Secretariat.

Current and Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities:

  • In 2011, The Secretariat will again be sponsoring literacy and numeracy professional learning opportunities for elementary teachers. These sessions provide educators with the opportunity to collaborate, observe specific teaching strategies, as well as reflect on their practices.

    Professional Learning Opportunities: Kindergarten To Grade 8 – Summer Programs 2010 (PDF, 2187 KB)

  • Regional Math Implementation Days: In January 2007, educators from across the province participated in the Regional Math Forums held in seven regions across the province. Participants learned about mathematics for teaching, as well as strategies for job-embedded professional learning within schools and families of schools to improve instructional student achievement. As a result of the feedback from these planning and learning sessions, teams of educators from school boards will meet twice in 2007-08 at Mathematics Regional Forums to plan and prepare for job-embedded professional learning in their boards.

  • Facilitator Handbook on Job-Embedded Professional Learning in Numeracy: A handbook containing sample job-embedded plans for high-yield strategies for school and classroom implementation will be shared at the regional numeracy forums held in November and December 2007. The handbook will also be available on the ministry's website.

  • Regional Literacy Forums: Teams of educators from school boards who support professional learning in literacy will meet twice in 2007-08 at regional forums to plan and learn about supporting student achievement. Web conferences will also be held to facilitate provincial sharing and to analyze the DVD: Comprehending in Action Module 3 and 4, which will be produced after analyzing the provincial EQAO data.

  • From the Roots Up- English Language Learners' Symposium: (co-led with the ministry's Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch) A symposium will be offered in the fall of 2007 for superintendents, board administrators, coaches/facilitators and Student Success leaders to develop a stronger understanding of the new English Language Learners' policy and to provide support for its implementation.

  • Schools on the Move: Lighthouse Program: A new 2007 publication profiles the schools that have joined Phase 2 of the Schools on the Move: Lighthouse Program. These schools are networking and sharing their effective practices with other schools across the province to help raise student achievement. The schools are exciting places to learn because the teachers and principals have read the research, know what works and act on their professional know-how. They engage parents and communities, and motivate and support learning in schools and success for children. Copies of the 2007 program have been sent to all elementary schools and boards in the province in Fall 2007. The program is also posted on the Ministry of Education website.

  • Webcasts: This powerful learning medium links educators from across the province who engage in discussions about improving achievement for all students. Each month, experts in the field of literacy, numeracy and equity, along with Ministry of Education staff, share their expertise with teachers and principals across Ontario.

  • Inspire: This online journal highlights successful literacy and numeracy practices for Kindergarten to Grade 6.

Previously Offered Professional Learning Opportunities:

  • School Effectiveness Framework Symposiums: Principals and supervisory officers took part in two symposia in September 2007 to discuss The School Effectiveness Framework: A Collegial Process for Continued Growth in the Effectiveness of Ontario Elementary Schools. This framework is designed to assist schools and boards in analyzing the key components that make schools effective so they can plan for improvement. It is a compilation of current research, lessons learned from the previously-used diagnostic process and successful practices from across Ontario. The framework will provide ways for teachers, as well as school and system administrators, to voluntarily accept responsibility and hold themselves accountable for ensuring that research-based, effective strategies are consistently implemented across the province. The framework has been revised based on feedback from the field and an updated draft of the framework was released in Fall 2007.

  • Summer Literacy and Numeracy Training: Secretariat-sponsored literacy and numeracy training for elementary teachers has been held each summer since 2004. Once again, thousands of elementary teachers participated in these training sessions in the summer of 2007.

  • Coaching Institute: In June 2006, 550 participants representing all 72 school boards participated in this event. It was designed to provide research-based information on models and strategies that will help district school boards embed professional learning in classrooms. Back by popular demand, a second institute was held in July 2007 and approximately 650 educators attended.

  • Shared Reading Training: The Secretariat has developed and delivered training in shared reading for teams from every school in the province. Over 16,000 teachers and principals participated in the 2005-06 school year. The training materials are still being used in The Secretariat's summer programs and approximately 5,000 teachers took part in Summer 2007.

  • Differentiated Instruction: Every school in the province participated in training for primary grade teams in 2005-06 to develop skills in designing instructional programs that meet the wide range of learning needs within a classroom. Approximately 16,000 teachers and principals participated. The training materials are also used in The Secretariat's summer programs.

  • Leadership Development: The Secretariat has worked in partnership with the three principal councils to deliver innovative leadership development programs to almost 1,300 principals in 38 boards.