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February 18, 2019

LEARN News | February/March 2019 – Marching Education Forward

A newsletter from a Canadian K-12 e-learning program.

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019

MARCHING EDUCATION FORWARD

Dr. Michael J. Canuel
CEO, LEARN
Let’s LEARN

TEACHER & SCHOOL STAFF APPRECIATION 2019

EDUCATORS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Thank YOU!

Didn’t it feel great to say thanks, to show appreciation to the people who impact your life? Of course, being thanked feels pretty AWESOME too!

As always, the shout-outs for teachers and school staff members in Quebec’s English schools and centres were touching and enthusiastic. Take some time to feel good while you read the thoughtful messages for some educators who are making a difference at their schools.

Thank You Teachers & School Staff

Community Schools Network Stories

COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTRE INITIATIVE

Professional Learning & Development

This past month, the PRT met with over 40 principals, administrators and community development agents in the New Frontiers and Riverside School Boards to share research findings about Community Learning Centres (CLC) servicing multiple schools (known as ‘extended models’).

Extended CLC models were formally introduced in 2015. Today, there are 17 CLCs connected to 56 schools.

LEARN About the Extended CLC Model

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Congratulations Lisa Howell!

Lisa Howell, a teacher at Pierre Elliott Elementary School, is this year’s winner of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in teaching. She is also the recipient of Indspire’s 2018 Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards.

In addition to inspiring young minds inside and outside of her classroom, Lisa has generously collaborated with LEARN’s Provincial Resource Team to develop resources that can support Education for Reconciliation initiatives across the province.

Congratulations Lisa on all your hard work and well-deserved accolades!

Explore Education for Reconciliation Resources

TEACHING TOOLS

OPEN CREATIVE SPACES AT LEARN

LEARN About the Maker Movement

LEARN’s PED Services team is inviting all educators to experience Open Creative Space Days! This is an all-day hands-on experience, free of charge to all educators.

Our next OCS day is
March 29, 2019
9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Register for LEARNshop


OSC PRESENTS: FOCUS ON THE ARTS

Artful Making in STEAM

Registration will open in March for our first-ever Arts-focused thematic day on Friday, May 10, 2019. From automata, e-textiles, and robots that draw to the power of a studio practice, explore the role of Art in STEAM education.

Register for LEARNshop

FORUM PÉDAGOGIQUE

Invitation à la 5e édition des forums pédagogiques

Vous êtes un.e enseignant.e ou un.e étudiant.e en français, langue seconde ou en intégration linguistique, scolaire et sociale, cette opportunité est pour vous !

Ce forum pédagogique est l’occasion de rencontrer des collègues dans une ambiance conviviale pour échanger et réfléchir à des pratiques pédagogiques gagnantes. Venez partager avec nous un repas léger accompagné de vin.

Date: le jeudi 21 mars 2019
Heure: 17 H à 19 H
Lieu: Pavillon pour la Paix du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
(2075 rue Bishop, Montréal, QC H3G 2E8)

Des prix de présence de l’AQEFLS et de l’ACPI seront remis aux participant.e.s.

Réservez en ligne avant le 15 mars 2019. Places limitées.

Réservez

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Black History is Not Just
About Black History Month

From the earliest explorers who brought slaves in New France to migrations from the United States and elsewhere, the threads of Black history in Canada are varied, often lost in the margins, all too often just mentioned and not usually uncovered in any detail in the programs we teach.
Black History Month serves to remind us once again how history in Quebec is made up of multiple, decentralized narratives, of many essential histories that interrelate and make us all who we are. Rediscover and go deeper by visiting our developing Black History resources section for teaching and learning tools, curated web sites and video collections, and to find related social media connections.

Explore Black History Resources

DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Let’s Get a Move On Daily Physical Activity

This month, an important blog post went up on the LEARN blog about the benefits of Daily Physical Activity (DPA) in the school setting. With the help of the writer, Katherine Baker, PEH Consultant at English Montreal School Board, LEARN is building a new site section to support schools who are just getting started and to highlight schools who are successfully (and creatively!) doing DPA. To read Katherine’s article, to share your comments, and to browse the resources and stories we are collecting, visit the LEARN blog.

Let’s Get a Move On Daily Physical Activity

COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING

Join our Educators Facebook Group

Teachers, are your students involved in a project that teaches civic responsibility, and strengthens communities? Tell us all about it!

LEARN is proud to launch a Community Service Learning facebook page. It’s a space to celebrate great service learning projects, share inspiring resources and network with teachers, school staff and community partners from around the province.

LEARN’s Community Service Learning page is a closed group just for teachers in Québec, so simply answer two questions so we know you’re not a bad robot and let the sharing begin.

LEARN from Community Service

NEXTSCHOOL BLOG

The ‘What’ & ‘How’ of Learning

Our school-based design teams continue to work energetically through the eight-lab design process within the unique context of their respective schools. During this 2018-19 Explore Year, participants are creating prototypes for three of the STARC systems:

  • Spatial (where learning takes place) – see Exploring Space for resources
  • Relational (who takes part in the learning) – see Reflecting on Relationships for resources
  • Andragogy (the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of learning) – this blog post will focus on this system, providing food for thought and specific resources
Read about the Framework

ONLINE RESOURCES

LEARNING LANDSCAPES JOURNAL

Evaluation of an Educator-Delivered School-Based Stress Management Program for Adolescents

How can classroom-based educators effectively and easily deliver stress management programs to adolescents? Read what these Montreal researchers (and QPAT presenters) have to say!

Find Out More about the Study

VIRTUAL CAMPUS – STUDENT SUPPORT

LEARN TUTORING

Important Dates

Our winter session ends on February 28.

Registration for our spring session opens March 21.

Tutoring resumes on April 1 and runs until the end of June exams.

Request a Tutoring Appointment Today

ONLINE & BLENDED LEARNING

Thinking Ahead 2019-2020

It’s not too early! Schools are planning now for the coming school year, and LEARN’s Virtual Campus is ready to support you with Online Courses, both Real-Time and Self-Paced. More information will be sent to schools in February and March.

Get Started Here

LEARN TUTORING TESTIMONIALS

Virtual Campus Success Stories

Read More Success Stories

LEARN SPECIAL EVENT

CALLING ALL PARENTS & GUARDIANS!

LEARN on Facebook Live

Tune in on Facebook Live at 7PM on February 20th to learn more about how parents (and families!) can get involved in school life and contribute to their child’s success. Parent involvement in their children’s education is beneficial to everyone involved including students, parents, educators, schools and the community. It is the key to student success. We will explore the many ways that parents can get involved in school life. We will have special guests to answer your questions!

You don’t want to miss this engaging event!
Get started now and like our Facebook page!

LEARN on Facebook Live

NEWS | ALL ABOUT LEARN

MNA DÉPUTÉ DE SAINTE-ROSE CHRISTOPHER SKEETE VISITS LEARN

“This is the Next Step in Education”

LEARN was thrilled to have received a visit from Mr. Christopher Skeete – Député de Sainte-Rose on February 1, 2019, at our corporate head office in Laval.

Mr. Christopher Skeete experienced one of our online classes for SN4 Math and interacted with LEARN online teacher Peggy Drolet and her virtual classroom. He also participated in our Open Creative Space Day with teachers from school boards across the province of Quebec. Here’s what he had to say about the online classes: “This, for me, is the next step in education. Technology like this guarantees our presence and guarantees our ability to learn in English, so this is very cool.”

LEARN More

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