The 5 Hallmarks of Effective Teacher Professional Development

Ministries of Education, University Faculties of Education, Schools, take note: more than half of teachers felt they needed professional development to be more effective, according to the OECD TALIS results from Creating Effective Teaching and Learning Environments. While this may not seem surprising, the hardest issues to grapple with relate to actually improving teacher practice. […]

What drives an effective curriculum development and design process?

In the many years in which I have led various initiatives related to curriculum development and program design, I have come to realize that certain drivers must be in place to ensure success. Below, I share my top three strategies to ensure a successful curriculum design. Driver One: Understand Curriculum Elements Be mindful that curriculum […]

CSC & Wikwemikong: Rethinking Adolescent Literacy

Earlier this month, I attended the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in support of Curriculum Service Canada’s (CSC’s) presentation. CSC’s consultant Brian Weishar, together with Mick Staruck from the Wikwemikong Board of Education, presented a reflection on their recent co-teaching project, entitled “Rethinking Adolescent Literacy: An Innovative Instructional Coaching Model.” Brian and Mick’s unique […]

Foundational Training at The Technology University of Uruguay

Last week, Curriculum Services Canada (CSC) visited The Technology University of Uruguay (UTEC), a young university focused on technology and innovation, to host a three-day training program. The university faces challenges in finding teachers willing to live in rural communities within the provinces and finding that those teachers who are willing may not have enough […]

Reframing #Canada150 in the Context of Truth and Reconciliation

I had the privilege of hearing Charlene Bearhead speak at an international education conference in Ottawa earlier this year. She blew me away, and frankly the whole audience, too. She challenged and enlightened me and I’ve harkened back to her message many times. As we’ve been thinking and learning about Canada 150, we asked Charlene […]

The Children Cannot Wait: A Conversation with Dr. Avis Glaze and Amy Coupal

Curriculum Services Canada’s International Advisor, Dr. Avis Glaze, is a woman on a mission – a mission of equity of outcomes for all students. Her passion was evident even as a young girl in Jamaica, where she was driven to teach others to read. She quickly rose through the ranks of education leadership, becoming the […]

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 […]

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 […]