Racial Identity in the Classroom

By choosing Dr. Chris Emdin as the opening keynote speaker for SXSWedu, conference organizers sent a powerful message. “We’re here to create lasting change,” they said. “We want to tear down the education systems that are no longer working and build something more inclusive. And to do that, we’re willing to make people uncomfortable.” Chris […]

Anita’s Must-Read of the Month

With more than 40 years of experience evaluating learning resources, Anita Sherwin-Hamer knows which strategies work and which resources lay out those strategies best. Find out how to improve your writing instruction from her top-choice recommended text:   “In Making Writing Instruction Work, Brenda Augusta hits upon all the important considerations in planning and implementing a […]

Dr. Avis Glaze: The Children Cannot Wait

Curriculum Services Canada’s International Advisor, Dr. Avis Glaze, is an award-winning educator who continues to work with educators at all levels of school systems across the world. She is passionate about working collaboratively to embed the promising practices that improve the life chances of students and the professional capacity of teachers and school leaders. Dr. […]

ICSEI Underscores the Importance of Context, Community, and Capital

Several members of the CSC team attended the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) in Ottawa this week. We were ecstatic about the opportunity to share stories of the work we’ve been doing in Peru, and eager to hear about school improvement initiatives from other communities and countries.   On the ground, we […]

Textbooks Enrich Learning

Our Evaluations Director, Anita Sherwin-Hamer, submitted a Letter to the Editor of Professionally Speaking, and it was featured in the December edition! Take a look at her letter below and learn why she believes textbooks today are as important as ever in enriching student learning. I read with interest in the June issue about the history […]

5 Ways eLearning Can Change Your Classroom

Educators are constantly trying to find ways to make their learning environment more innovative and interesting for students. One way to get students engaged in learning is through eLearning tools. We live in a technology-abundant world where today’s students are surrounded by digital. From messaging friends to using apps to find directions, students are used […]

Working With Teacher Coaches at Innova Schools

I was one of the members of the CSC team who worked with Innova Schools on their Teacher Coaching project this year. After this experience, I can say without hesitation that the candidates chosen by Innova Schools to participate in the training were highly-committed, lifelong learners who embraced the opportunity to learn about coaching skills. […]

How Thinking-Based Learning Leads to Higher-Order Thinking

  I just returned from my fourth trip to Peru. I learn so much each time I work with educators there and this time was no exception.  I presented at two conferences, Adecopa IV Conferencia Annual de Directores de Escuelas del Peru and Adecopa VII Conferencia Internacional de Profesores. It was during these conferences that […]

How to Keep Kids Learning All Summer (and Year) Long

Growing up for many of us, summer holidays were a time for resting and preparing for the upcoming school year. While having a few months off for rest and relaxation might seem beneficial to students, it can actually have some serious consequences. so it is important that we don’t disengage children during this time. Engage […]

An Analog Approach to Gamification

  At SXSWedu I went to a lot of sessions. A lot of panels. A lot of meetups. I heard a bunch of great ideas and learned a ton of new things, which I’ve come to accept as par for the course at an education conference. But there was one session I wasn’t prepared for: an immersive […]