Not far from home for this one, but so excited to visit York Region DSB to learn about their Modern Learning initiative for their Learning Connections project. Have a look at the video from the first visit:
Their project involves 4 junior and intermediate special education resource teachers (SERT’s) who have been involved in YRDSB’s Modern Learning initiative. This was a day of sharing and preparing for the LC face-to-face meeting. Here are some examples of the sharing.
Promoting growth mindset:
- Encourage an inquiry learning stance for both staff and students
- Incorporate the elements of the instructional core into their planning (i.e., role of teacher, the students and the content)
- Provide, through PLCs and release days, the opportunity to delve deeper into aspects of Modern Learning (the learning, the learner and the environment) and build capacity among staff
- Provide opportunities to work as grade partners to create authenticlearning experiences that meet the needs of all learners enabled by technology
- Embed our new learning into our classroom practice
- Goal was to bring the staff together and start new since they have been doing the same thing for a long time
- Create a staff site using Google Sites to keep everyone up to date with school information
- Used a Google Site to organize all the school information that they were housing in a Google Drive – easier to find stuff on the Site!
- It has been a slow transition – the hopes and dreams are that teachers will use this and school will go paperless
- Includes interactive calendars for school, gym, library
- Special education students create their own cards that includes a column with their needs and one with their required support
- This was the first time some of these students even saw their IEP’s (used to help create their advocacy cards)
- Some discussion that every student would benefit from having a self advocacy card – believed it would level the playing field
Check out the YRDSB LC project page and learn more about their work.