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Achieving Excellence Resources Fall 2015

We are delighted to share with you the ministry’s resource package — Achieving Excellence Resources Fall 2015. The package features new videos and online tools, monographs, postcards, bookmarks and posters designed to support Achieving Excellence: Ontario’s Renewed Vision for Education. We are also delighted to let you know that a series of optional webinars and online chats supporting professional learning in mathematics, literacy instruction and leadership development is being offered. For information, we encourage you to visit learnteachlead.ca/e-conferences.

Learning: Trauma and Resilience

You will find many adaptable uses for these short video excerpts from a presentation by Dr. Jean Clinton to Supporting Educational Outcomes of Students in Care Symposium, May 2015.

Elementary: Health and Physical Education Curriculum Parent Materials

This suite of materials is designed to help build parent understanding about what students will learn through the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum and, in particular, in the “sex ed” component. Available in multiple languages. See the HPE Resource Catalogue for details.

Secondary: Health and Physical Education Curriculum Parent Materials

This suite of materials is designed to help build parent understanding about what students will learn through the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum and, in particular, in the “sex ed” component. Available in multiple languages. See the HPE Resource Catalogue for details.

Foundations for a Healthy School

This updated resource provides many ideas and starting points for teams to discuss and consider as they continue their work to promote child and student well-being in their school communities.

Supporting Teenage and Single-Parent Learners to Complete High School

Learn more about the Teen and Single Parent Initiative, a Student Success pilot now in its third year. Based on board evaluations and case study research, this monograph identifies the keys to success for this particular group of vulnerable learners.

Leaders Connect: How Do School Leaders Use Student Voice to InformSchool Improvement Planning for Literacy

Explore new approaches for incorporating student voice in the literacy improvement planning process.

Empowered by Design

“Queen A,” as it is referred to by the staff and students, is a school that shows how leadership matters — it has changed its culture in a way that provides students with the opportunity to be heard, inspired, build knowledge and fully reach their potential.

System Leaders and Collaborative Inquiry

Explore how collaborative inquiry (CI) can promote, cultivate and support school districts as learning organizations. Includes tips and strategies that system leaders can use put CI in service of creating and enabling conditions for optimal learning.

Thoughts on Teaching and Learning in Mathematics

Discover ways to overcome math anxiety, improve classroom engagement, create dynamic assessment models and more. Six education experts interviewed during Ontario Association of Mathematics Educators 2015 offer practical insights relating to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Promising Practices in Learning and Teaching Mathematics

View these short video vignettes of Ontario elementary schools experiencing improvements in EQAO math scores. Organized around three key themes — (1) welcoming and inclusive environments, (2) engaging and relevant instruction and (3) leadership for learning.

Effective Teaching and Learning in Mathematics

What transforms healthy ingredients into a culinary masterpiece? The knowledge, skills and intentionality of a master chef. It’s the same in a math class. The ministry is seeking feedback on whether this poster captures the key ingredients of effective mathematics instruction. Send us an email — studentachievementdivision@ontario.ca — to submit comments and questions.

Mathematical Processes

Use the conversation starters on this bookmark to support small-group and whole-class discussion and to facilitate math talk in the classroom.

Mathies (ruler)

Use the mathies ruler as a linear measuring tool in centimeters or in inches. The ruler also displays a multiplication chart, an integer number line and fraction strips.

Teaching and Learning: New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning

This overview highlights leading research on new pedagogies for deep learning, including Fullan, Dede and Hattie. Ontario examples profile how schools and boards are using Technology and Learning Funds to support the advancement of technology-enabled innovations in education for deep learning.

Knowing and Responding to Learners in Mathematics

Explore how teachers can assess, plan and adapt their instruction to determine and address their students’ interests, learning needs and preferences. Of particular interest for educators teaching Grades 7 through 11 mathematics, Applied, University/College level courses.

Spatial Reasoning in Number Sense and Numeration

Explore how Ontario educators are “spatializing” the number and operations curriculum expectations and then engaging in the three-part lessons that they subsequently plan. Using concrete materials and/or digital tools, students spatially solve the problems.

Project-based Learning: Drawing on Best Practices in Project Management

Learn more about how project-based learning can empower learners with a range of 21st century skills from communication and networking to critical thinking. The author of this What Works monograph is Dr. David Hutchison. Director of Brock’s Centre for Digital Humanities.

ALERT: Engaging In Inquiry Learning

At your fingertips — ways to support students with explicit strategies for evaluating sources to determine whether they are credible, accurate, valid and useful.

ALERT: Make room for Evaluating Sources of Information

Explore the relationship between literacy and inquiry. Explicit strategies areshared for supporting students to meet the literacy demands of inquiry.

Fractions Learning Pathways

Just launched — an interactive planning tool for teaching fractions. Includes arrange of field-tested tasks (Grades 3-10) that have proven to be effective in Ontario schools. Video and photos are included to bring the learning to life.

Literacy for a Connected World

Looking for ideas to get started with using technology in your classroom? This monograph highlights the important place that technology plays for literate learners today and introduces educators to a planning framework for integrating technology with literacy content and pedagogical practices.

Technologies that Aid Learning Partnerships on Real-World, Authentic Tasks

This think piece is the first of three written by Dr. Chris Dede (Harvard University) for Ontario school and system leaders — it profiles key international research findings on teaching and learning for deeper learning enabled by technology and highlights connections to the Technology and Learning Fund’s (TLF) areas of focus.

Digital Citizenship

Learn more about the attributes and skills of the digital citizen — from critical thinking and information literacy to understanding and having respect for intellectual copyright, one another’s digital footprint and what constitutes safe online behaviour. Developed by the Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee (OSAPAC).

Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition (SAMR) Resource

Learn more about the SAMR model — it aims for considerably more than improved practice by using digital tools, but rather the very transformation of teaching and learning. Developed by the Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee (OSAPAC).

Homework Help

Homework Help provides supports to students enrolled in grades 7-10 Math courses with both online tools and interactive webinars as well as real time math tutoring by Ontario certified math teachers. Website available 24/7; live tutors Sunday to Thursday from 5:30-9 p.m.