The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat (LNS) Webcasts
Webcasts are a powerful tool for professional learning that promote reflection and innovation by highlighting current issues and promising practices. They are easily accessible, offer multiple entry points and connect viewers to international and local education experts. Webcasts link educators across the province and beyond in professional dialogue focused on improving achievement for all students. Viewers can access video-on-demand, download a video file, or order DVDs from CSC to use with their professional learning communities.
Leading Student Achievement (LSA) Website
Leading Student Achievement: Our Principal Purpose (LSA) is a project that developed from a partnership between the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat and the Provincial Principals’ Associations (ADFO, CPCO, and OPC). The mission of the project is that “Every student in Ontario will develop reading, writing, math and comprehension skills at a higher level by the age of 12. Progress will be measured by ensuring that by 2008, 75 percent of students reach the provincial standard.” Of particular interest on the LSA website are the Symposia materials which include video content on demand and PowerPoint presentations of the keynote speakers and other presenters.
Student Success Resources Portal
The Ministry of Education has created a portal to four resources of proven practices for improving literacy and mathematical literacy. The four resources are: Learning to 18, Think Literacy, Think Pathways, and Leading Math Success. The purpose of the portal is to provide educators in grades 7-12 with practical teaching strategies, tools, resources and professional development opportunities to improve student achievement and increase program options and flexibility so that all young people are supported in achieving success in secondary education.
Leading & Learning: Improving Student Achievement in Schools Facing Challenging Circumstances (L & L) Learning Environment
The Leading and Learning research project collected data on successful leadership practices in schools facing challenging circumstances. Six learning modules have been developed based on the themes emerging from the study. While the themes that emerged from the study were seen to be evident in the practices of the schools in the study, it is important to note that not all practices were identified in each of the schools. Through the study of participating elementary schools from two districts in Ontario, the modules provide theoretical foundations and practical examples of leadership approaches evident in these schools.