From 2005 – 2013, CSC worked with the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat to create a series of webcasts for educators. Experts highlight effective classroom, school and board practices and current issues in education.
From 1999 to 2011, our affiliate charitable arm, The Curriculum Foundation worked with educators to create classroom resources. These Teacher-Developed resources are downloaded more than 35,000 times per year.
CSC managed the development of learning modules to support teachers in embedding financial literacy into their programs of study from Grades 1 to 12. We involved educators in the writing and review of the sixty (60) modules that were unique for English and French. CSC developed and produced 10 videos of classroom practice, along with supporting materials in each of English and French as a further support for teachers at the secondary level.
We have developed a variety of resources in mathematics and literacy, and more for eduGAINS, a site that houses Ministry developed resources for K-12 Ontario educators.
SECONDARY SCHOOL PLAR
PLAR for Mature Students
CSC developed diagnostic assessment packages in English, Mathematics, Science, and History/Geography for Grades 9 -10 Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for Mature Students equivalency credits for workplace pathway courses. We also developed self-assessments designed to help mature students determine their readiness for pursuing course work that would lead to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) prior to applying for these courses.
Arts & Heritage
Integral to cultures and institutions, here are interesting projects from Canadian arts and history.
CSC worked with the Hudson Bay Company Historical Foundation (HBCHF) to refine its resource offerings and to develop new resources that illustrate HBC's role in Canada's history. This Pan-Canadian initiative was technology-based including engaging videos and other digital materials and incorporated information and artefacts from the HBCHF archives.
This series of 57 videos featuring classrooms from Grades 1 to 12, including northern, southern, urban, rural, public and Catholic schools across Ontario, demonstrates aspects of the Arts curriculum in action. Vignettes illustrate effective teaching and meaningful learning experiences providing a meaningful context for understanding the curriculum. The videos include interviews with teachers who talk about their practice and students who share their experiences. A viewer’s guide connects the information in the videos to the philosophy and intent of the revised curriculum.
The foundation of formal learning begins in early childhood. Here are some highlights from our work in this area.
FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN
Early Learning Videos
CSC worked closely with the Ministry of Education to produce a series of classroom videos that demonstrate the effective implementation of the Full-Day Early Learning-Kindergarten program. Viewer guides provide further support for teachers, administrators, and the broader community. This project, in English and French, included engagement with classroom teachers across Ontario and policy leaders to ensure alignment with Ministry policy.
CSC collaberated with Managing Information for Student Achievement (MISA) and Toronto Region Professional Network Centre (PNC) to develop an online module that includes video segments (filmed by CSC at an early learning conference), content and an interactive Table of Contents. The module is designed for use by school board consultants and administrators to support implementation training for teachers as it related to Early Learning/Play-based Learning/Full Day Kindergarten.
Equity & Awareness
These projects raise awareness around equity issues for various community groups.
CSC created a rich library of resources about Black Canadians and their contributions to our society, both past and present, as a starting point for elementary and secondary students to make connections with their community. The listings were carefully selected for authenticity, balance in perspective, and accessibility. Many educators from across Ontario provided advice during the creation of this resource funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
These resources include an Educator's Guide, Video Modules, a Resource List and more designed for educators to help recognize signs that students may be living with abuse; and ways to support these students. Developed to support the Ontario Government's Domestic Violence Action Plan, CSC created resources for elementary educators to increase awareness with the goal of reducing abuse. In collaboration with provincial elementary teacher organizations, principal's councils, schools, Native guidance associations, and many others, a viewer's guide, in both English and French, was designed to identify the key messages in the five video modules and supporting print materials.
Resources linked below.
CSC worked with the Ontario Ministry of Education to develop modules designed as models for teachers as they plan their programs in implementing four equity studies courses at the senior secondary level. These modules made specific connections to the curriculum policy for Gender Studies (HSG3M); Equity, Diversity and Social Justice (HSE3E); Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practise (HSE4M); and World Cultures (HSC4M). The structure and presentation of the modules promoted inquiry-based instruction and learning and the application to life in the 21st century.
LEGACY OF HOPE
100 Years of Loss
CSC conducted a review of curriculum across Canada to identify where the topic 'residential schools' was addressed. Subsequently we produced a curriculum connection guide to accompany a resource “100 Years of Loss” for teachers in making their students aware of the impact of residential schools. We designed a workshop for presenting the resource to teachers and advised Legacy of Hope on a marketing plan for promoting the resource to schools across Canada.
Healthcare happens everywhere - from improving the experience of students with cancer to enabling educators to properly educate and inform students in healthy eating.
Working with the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation (CCCF), we created a website with educational resources to help provide an improved school and learning experience for children or adolescents who have or who have had cancer.
We worked with the Ministry of Education’s Learning Environment Branch to develop a suite of resources in English and French that include interactive online modules, videos, and print Resource Guides. These resources are intended to orient education stakeholders to the Ontario School Food and Beverage Policy (Policy/Program Memorandum No. 150). They were developed in phases: 1. Principal’s/Administrator’s Resources 2. Elementary Resources
The richness of Canada includes two official languages. CSC supports teachers with resources for English Language Learners and French as a Second Language in the classroom.
We have worked with the Ontario Ministry of Education to provide French as a Second Language (FSL) educators with deeper insights into the communicative and action-oriented approaches to second language teaching.
Here are links to Ontario's Trillium List, other published lists of recommended, authorized and/or approved textbooks across Canada, and Supplementary Learning Resources bearing the CSC Seal of Recommendation.
Since 2002 CSC has provided project management services to the Ontario Ministry of Education for the evaluation of textbooks which are approved by the Ministry for use in Ontario schools. CSC also hosts the extranet services required to maintain the Trillium List.