For these award programs CSC delivered project management, application and data management, development of awards criteria and scoring tools, and facilitated shortlist and winner selection.
Department of Canadian Heritage
CSC worked on a project with the Department of Canadian Heritage in support of the Canadian Studies Program Funding Competition, an initiative which provides grants to support the development of educational materials related to Canadian history and institutions. Our Evaluations department developed the evaluation tool used to assess the merit of the pedagogical aspects of the applications for these grants. We also recruited and trained evaluators in using the evaluation tool to measure the quality of the applications relative to pedagogy.
Since 2011, CSC has administered the Premier’s Safe Schools Awards program on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Education. We provide project management services throughout the three phases of the program; the nomination phase, the short listing phase, and the selection phase. The high level of service we provide is due to the expertise of our staff in developing quality processes and procedures to efficiently and effectively process large volumes of information in a short time frame. They manage and direct a large cadre of educators to assist with short listing award candidates; liaise with and support a variety of education stakeholder members who make up the ministry’s selection panel; and work flexibly and confidently to meet additional requests for service.
Since 2007, we have administered the Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence program on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Education. We provide project management services through nominations, short listing, and final selection.
Here are a number of additional projects we have worked on for a variety of clients.
CSC developed and delivered online training tools in English and French to support principals in using the new interactive online reporting application provided by Education Quality and Accountability Office. The training resources are intended to demonstrate the application’s high-level capabilities and assist principals to use the tool effectively for school improvement planning and improved student achievement. They include training videos, live interactive web conferences, tutorials and software navigation demonstrations.
Canadian Revenue Agency
CSC conducted a Pan-Canadian curriculum scan and field study then refined two Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) resources on taxes for Canadian schools.
DOCUMENTARY ORG CANADA
We partnered with Documentary Organization of Canada, Toronto (DOC) to promote the use of Canadian documentary films in schools. A number of our service areas contributed to this project which includes previewing documentaries for suitability and relevance to curriculum and developing viewer guides to support their effective use.
TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A DIGITAL WORLD
Teaching & Technology
In the 2011-2012 school year, the CSC research team investigated the impact of local projects on instruction and student engagement, and ultimately on student learning and achievement. This research also identified promising practices that merited continued investigation for how to support teaching, learning, and student success through technology-enabled programs and practices that could influence provincial policy and local decision making in future.
CSC’s research team was responsible for developing a common research and evaluation framework that included research questions and methodology, for participating education systems to use in self-reporting the results achieved in their projects. This framework considered both English- and French-language educational contexts.
The research investigation during the 2012-2013 school year built on the findings of the research conducted in 2011-2012 and expanded its focus to identify: how the projects’ outcomes for student learning connected with 21st Century skills and competencies; impact evidence on the role technology played in changing teaching practice and in strengthening student engagement, learning, and achievement; and, effective practices that were suited to system scaling and sustainability.
For the 2013-2014 phase of the initiative, the research investigation continued to build on the findings of the previous phases to gain further evidence of the impacts of the innovation projects on student learning and achievement, focussing on 21st Century competencies, leadership, professional learning, capacity building, and system structures leading to sustainable change. An important component of this study was a collaborative process designed to foster knowledge creation and mobilization that would support local decision making regarding effective policies, programs, and practices for teaching, learning, and student success. CSC was engaged to conduct the research investigation for Round 4 of this initiative in 2015.
CSC worked with Junior Achievement Canada in two capacities - mentoring program revisions and revising and producing programs. During the mentoring process, our educator team provided suggestions for revisiting the Company Program (secondary) and Diversity in Action (middle school). In further work with JA, CSC was responsible for revising two existing JA programs - JA Success Skills and Be Entrepreneurial. This work included revising the content to be relevant to curriculum in Canada and to conform to the structure and format that JA Canada used for presenting its programs. We produced these resources in English and French.
School-based Mental Health
We partnered with the School-based Mental Health and Substance Abuse Consortium to support the 3rd National Symposium on Child and Youth Mental Health, held in Calgary, Alberta on May 31-June 1, 2012. Specifically, we produced the live streaming of the virtual symposium; developed a website to deliver the virtual conference; organized and managed the registration mechanism; and facilitated a series of webinars intended to promote and build momentum for the symposium with the virtual community.