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September 11, 2019

LEARN News | September 2019 – #CelebrateLEARNing

A newsletter from a Canadian K-12 online and blended learning program.

SEPTEMBER 2019

BACK TO SCHOOL
#CELEBRATELEARNING

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

STUDENT CONTEST IS BACK

WIN A WEEK IN OTTAWA AT ENCOUNTERS WITH CANADA!

Compassion In Action: Inspirations

What: Students to take ownership of their learning, to have a global voice, global empathy, a purpose, to be inclusive of the community, ask questions and think critically.
Who: Students (14-17 yrs old) enrolled in Quebec English-speaking high schools.
Prize: 12 prizes of a 7-day EWC Adventure valued at $750.
How: Submit an essay, article, poem, drawing, painting, poster, or video about an individual(s) who, through their compassion and leadership, has inspired you personally and helped make their community a better place.
This contest is courtesy of LEARN in collaboration with Encounters with Canada.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, October 18th, 2019

Enter the Encounters wIth Canada Contest Today

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NETWORK STORIES

WHO IS THE PROVINCIAL RESOURCE TEAM (PRT)?

Advocates for the CLC Initiative

LEARN’s PRT works with regionally and provincially mandated organizations to generate resources, programming and funding opportunities for schools belonging to the CLC network.

The PRT advocates for the CLC Initiative as a whole, enabling all CLCs, schools and school boards to benefit from greater recognition and community support.

LEARN More About the PRT


COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTRES

What is a CLC School?

Schools that are Community Learning Centres invest in partnerships that provide a range of services and activities, often beyond the school day, to help meet the needs of learners, their families, and the wider community. Their aim is to support the holistic development of citizens and communities.

Discover the CLC Schools

CLC MAGIC STORIES

Sharing Success Stories Across the Province

PEER ADVISORS
At Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, Joliette High School seniors were recruited for Peer Advisors to help juniors understand what student life is about, what avenues are open to them by providing them with opportunities to create friendships through discovering these resources. In turn, the seniors became skillful communicators and leaders, while learning the benefits of applying kindness and empathy.

Get Inspired by More CLC Magic Stories

TEACHING TOOLS

OPEN CREATIVE SPACE DAYS 2019-2020

STEAM Makerspace

Join us for our first Open Creative Space day of the 2019-2020 school year! We invite educators to come make with us with a focus on innovation and hands-on learning.
These hands-on sessions at no charge give participants the chance to engage in the process of making and tinkering, with access to resources, tools, ideas, and in a community atmosphere.

Upcoming OCS Days at the LEARN office:
September 13th, 2019 – 9:30 – 3:00
October 25th, 2019 – 9:30 – 3:00

Register Today

CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF REMIXED 2019

An Unconference for Educators

Celebrating 5 years of RemixEd! Join LEARN at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business (9th Floor) on Saturday, November 2, 2019, for the Annual Bilingual RemixEd Camp 2019 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

This year’s keynote is Josh Burker. We will also have all day rooms filled with LEARN Makerspaces. There will be EdCamp style sessions, amazing networking opportunities, and great prizes for all. This event is at no charge and open to teachers, pre-service teachers, administrators, education professionals, and anyone who is interested in education.

Register Now

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Social Science Teachers:
Plot a course. Engage!

It may not be Star Trek, but wandering through the vast LEARN Social Sciences sections can still help you to boldly go where no one has gone before!

Teachers can explore both Elementary and Secondary sections, to find tools, maps, organizers and large document and image collections for all levels. Students can browse How-to’s on the Intellectual Operations, Essay writing and Picture analysis. New on the site this year are an updated Cycle 2 Toolkit and additional Game-based Learning strategies in Elementary, additional student booklets for Financial Education, shared Contemporary World resources, and of course access to the ever-expanding Communauté d’histoire de 3e et 4e secondaire, which now boasts over 2000 members province-wide!

Get Started and Engage

NEXTSCHOOL BLOG

The Dialogue Shift: From Us to Them

The 2019 NEXTschool Summer Institute was a fitting culmination of a very successful EXPLOREyear giving over 100 participants, mainly returning and new school cohorts, the opportunity to share experiences, hear from students and take inspiration for implementation from the keynote speaker, A.J. Juliani.

Whether you were able to join us on this special day or not, please read and share this post as it includes links to all the presentations and materials from the Institute!

Learn What the Students & the EXPLOREschools Had to Say

ONLINE RESOURCES

LEARNING LANDSCAPES JOURNAL

The Ormiston Philosophy: A Changing Education Paradigm

Principal Luke Sumich, a Keynote speaker at NEXTschool Summer Institute 2018, shares the philosophy behind Ormiston Junior College, lessons learned since its inception, and advice for other educators interested in implementing innovative systems change.

LEARN More

VIRTUAL CAMPUS – STUDENT SUPPORT

REACHING ALL LEARNERS EVERYWHERE, ANYTIME
LEARN how the Virtual Campus
#OnlineLearning can help YOU

ONLINE AND BLENDED LEARNING

LEARNing Online

If you’ve always wondered how online learning with LEARN could work at your school, the answers to all of your questions, and more, are available here!  It’s not too late to register for Real-Time or Self-Paced online courses. Do you have students looking for options not offered locally? Students with scheduling conflicts? Students who are unable to attend school regularly? LEARN’s Virtual Campus can help! All of our available 2019-2020 courses are listed here.

LEARN More About the Online Learning Experience

LEARN TUTORING

Back In October

We’ll be back to support students starting mid-October, 2019. Don’t want to miss out? Fill in this short form to be added to our LEARN Tutoring email list. Then, you will be notified as soon as the Tutoring request form goes live.

LEARN Tutoring is available to students in the English system across the province, at no charge. Tutors are qualified Quebec educators who provide feedback to schools and families after each session.

Get Ready for LEARN Tutoring

PARTNERS MAKING AN IMPACT

ARTISTS INSPIRE GRANTS

Connecting With Qualified Artists

Artists Inspire Grants (AIG) – an ELAN/LEARN partnership to provide students in English communities with hands-on creative experiences, funded by the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages.

Annual funding from 2019-2023:  $1500/English public school (elementary/secondary) to connect with qualified artists from Quebec’s English-speaking Communities to facilitate creative experiences during the school day (plus travel costs for rural/remote schools) that take place before March 31st in each of the 4 years.  

ELAN’s ArtEd Team wants to support your school in getting the maximum benefit from your Artistslnspire Grant.

· School applications – apply once, update annually with artist information – approval within 5 business days
· Artists fees and expenses paid by LEARN – no admin work for schools/boards
– Download the AIG brochure here

Connect with ELAN’s Art Ed Team to learn more and plan your 2019-20 creative experiences:  artistsinspiregrants@quebec-elan.org 438-979-1171
Folllow ELANArtEd on Facebook for inspiration and updates.

Apply for the 2019-2020 School Year Now
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June 8, 2019

LEARN News | June 2019 – Learning Everywhere, Anytime

A newsletter from a Canadian-based K-12 online and blended learning program.

JUNE 2019

REACHING ALL LEARNERS EVERYWHERE, ANYTIME

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

VIRTUAL CAMPUS – STUDENT SUPPORT

VIRTUAL SUMMER SCHOOL

Summer School Online

With the year-end close in sight, LEARN is hard at work planning an Online Summer School option with Quebec’s English School Boards, that will provide an additional solution for students needing to improve their grades for the coming year. These courses will be offered in real-time, online, by qualified subject teachers. All students registered in an English School Board within the province may access this service.

Students will be able to register online at the LEARN website,
as of June 21st, 2019.

LEARN More About Virtual Summer School

LEARN TUTORING – WITH YOU THROUGH EXAMS!

LEARN Tutoring – Secondary

With classes wrapping up, exams being written, and end of year activities happening at schools across Quebec, please note LEARN is still offering Secondary Tutoring in Math, History, and Sciences until final exams are written in each subject.

We are grateful to the students, and their families, from 183 schools across the province who put their trust in us to help them in their learning this year. LEARN Tutoring will be back to work with you again in October 2019!

Request a Tutoring Appointment

2019-2020 REAL-TIME & SELF-PACED ONLINE COURSES

LEARNing Online

LEARN’s Needs Assessment Survey was sent to all secondary schools this spring and plans are underway for scheduling our 2019-2020 online courses, both Real-Time and Self-Paced.

It’s not too late to work with us on integrating some online courses at your school! We are grateful to our partner schools this year from 9 school boards/associations across Quebec. Thank you!

LEARN More About the Online Learning Experience
LEARN how the Virtual Campus
#OnlineLearning can help YOU

LEARN TUTORING FACEBOOK TESTIMONIALS

Virtual Campus Success Stories

Get Social with Success Stories

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NETWORK STORIES

MEETING THE NEEDS OF ENGLISH-SPEAKING
COMMUNITIES ACROSS QUEBEC

From Tots to Senior Citizens, CLC schools offer something for everyone

With over 950 programs and activities offered throughout the 2018-19 school year, the 86 schools engaged in the CLC Initiative continue to make a big difference to the communities they serve:

  • CLCs secured more than 600K in grants and donations and over 800K in in-kind contributions (value of volunteer hours and material donations).
  • This year’s activities and programming primarily contributed to the health and wellbeing of citizens of all ages, student perseverance, youth retention, and early childhood education.
LEARN More About CLC Programs & Activities

PROVINCIAL RESOURCE TEAM

Bolstering the Success of the CLC Initiative

“Thank you for your part in bringing this initiative to our school.” Principal, CQSB  
“Thank you for the Garden Institute…it was wonderful!” Teacher, RSB
“I cannot thank you and LEARN enough for this funding!” CDA, LBPSB 
“I have received such valuable training from the PRT.… it has allowed me to grow professionally. Thank-you for the investment you make in me and all CDAs!”        CDA, ETSB

This school year, LEARN’s Provincial Resource Team supported the ongoing success of schools participating in the Community Learning Centre Initiative by providing numerous consultations, professional development sessions and tools to the 86 school principals, 47 community development agents (CDAs) and 14 school board representatives leading the CLC initiative across the province.

Get to Know LEARN’s Provincial Resource Team

TEACHING TOOLS

THEMATIC OCS DAY

LEARN’s Summer Make-A-Thon

LEARN will host a Make-A-Thon during the summer so that you can come make with us for three whole days! This is a perfect opportunity for fleshing out an idea or project or for dropping in to explore some materials (ours or your own). There will not be any guided instruction but we will be there to support your curiosity!

Register Today

OCS DAYS 2019-2020

Open Creative Space Days

New dates have been selected for the 2019-20 school year. Registration will soon open for these open creative space days here. You can take the dates below and update your calendar. 

September 13
October 25
February 21
April 24
May 22

Register Today

SOCIAL SCIENCES

History Resources for Review & Summer Learning

LEARN’s various Social Sciences sections provide teachers and students with many tools to help prepare for June and summer exams, as well as resources that support educators as they organize, design and plan for their year ahead. Secondary 3 and 4 teachers can now access a community of 2000 plus, where teachers and consultants are sharing useful documents, practice exams, and learning and evaluation strategies. Students can also browse our historical materials, and even view one of our How-tos, or two!

Discover the Resources
COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING

COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING

Addressing Authentic
Community Needs

LEARN works to support community vitality and student success across Quebec through the promotion of Community Service Learning (CSL). CSL is a pedagogical strategy that empowers students to learn, by working with their community to address authentic community needs.

To promote Community Service Learning, LEARN produced a short video highlighting three CSL projects that took place in Community Learning Centres (CLC) this past school year.  We would like to thank all the teachers, students and community partners from Ste Agathe Academy, Butler and Farnham Elementary and Chateauguay Valley Regional High School that participated.

We love how the importance of student voice, learning by doing and school-community partnerships shines through.

Join LEARN’s Community Service Learning facebook group !

Discover the CSL Resources

RESSOURCE POUR LE FRANÇAIS

À la découverte de Livres ouverts!

Connaissez-vous le site Livres ouverts? Pour en savoir plus, lisez l’article et visionnez les 3 capsules vidéo de Julie Paré, conseillère pédagogique en FLS pour LEARN. Conçu et produit par la Direction de la formation générale des jeunes (DFGJ) du ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, Livres ouverts présente une sélection commentée de livres de qualité qui s’adressent aux jeunes du préscolaire, du primaire et du secondaire ainsi que des suggestions pédagogiques qui visent à donner vie aux livres en classe. Vous trouverez également trois capsules vidéos qui expliquent comment utiliser le site.

Jetez-y un coup d’œil, partagez-le avec vos réseaux et n’hésitez pas à faire la promotion de cette remarquable ressource auprès de vos collègues!

Découvrez le site Livres ouverts

ACTIVITÉS FAMILIALES ET CAMPS/
FAMILY OUTINGS & CAMPS

Summer Camps, Learning & Fun!

Saviez-vous que l’Association des camps du Québec regroupe une large sélection de camps d’immersion française et de camps bilingues partout dans la province. Participer à un camp de vacances en français permet d’associer la langue française au jeu et au plaisir. C’est une façon amusante de favoriser l’apprentissage de la langue!

Did you know that l’Association des camps du Québec provides a vast selection of bilingual and French immersion camps throughout the province? Attending a summer camp in French ups the enjoyment factor of speaking French. It is a fun way to promote language learning!

Visitez Accent Québec

NEXTSCHOOL BLOG

NEXTschool – is it a noun? A verb? A mindset? A movement?

This was the question being discussed at a recent meeting of the NEXTschoolfacilitators – the thoughtful and experienced ‘guides on the side’ who are supporting and cheerleading our NEXTschool cohorts as they explore systemic change and develop specific prototypes for their own NEXTschools. Meeting every 6-8 weeks throughout the year, the facilitators have co-designed the journey for each EXPLOREschool, responding to each school’s context, needs and objectives.

So… what is the verdict?

Read Why It’s All Worth It

ONLINE RESOURCES

LEARNING LANDSCAPES JOURNAL

 Narrative Conceptualizations of Student Engagement

 

Renowned researcher Jean Clandinin proposes that we think
about student engagement narratively, that is, by putting student and teacher lives at the centre of curriculum making.

LEARN More

NEWS | ALL ABOUT LEARN

TABLÉE DES CHEFS
BRIGADES CULINAIRES/KITCHEN BRIGADES

Celebrating Students at The Provincial Grande Finale of Les Brigades Culinaires of
La Tablée des Chefs

LEARN had the privilege to attend the provincial Grande Finale of the Brigades Culinaires/Kitchen Brigades on Sunday, May 26, 2019. LEARN is proud to be a partner of La Tablée des Chefs and a sponsor of the Kitchen Brigades program. The Grand Finale was held at the Institut de Tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) and hosted by Ricardo Larrivée.
A total of 125 schools across Quebec participated in the competition, and the top five Brigades made it to the Grand Finale. The five Brigades represented five different high schools (École Le Delta in Matagami, École Paul-Hubert in Rimouski, École Georges-Vanier in Montréal, École Secondaire du Tournesol in Windsor and Polyvalente Sainte-Thérèse) from across the province.

Congratulations to all the participants and to the winning Brigade Crew from l’école secondaire Le Delta de Matagami. View some of the pictures that were captured during this inspiring student competition.

LEARN More About the Kitchen Brigades

PARTNERS MAKING AN IMPACT

ARTISTS INSPIRE GRANTS

Connecting With Qualified Artists

Artists Inspire Grants – an ELAN/LEARN partnership to provide students in English communities with hands-on creative experiences, funded by the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages.

Annual funding from 2019-2023:  $1500/English public school (elementary/secondary) to connect with qualified artists from Quebec’s English-speaking Communities to facilitate learning experiences during the school day (plus travel costs for rural/remote schools). 

· School applications – apply once, update annually with artist information -approval within 5 business days
· Artists fees and expenses paid by LEARN – no admin work for schools/boards

Connect with ELAN’s Art Ed Team to learn more and plan your 2019-20 creative experiences:  artistsinspiregrants@quebec-elan.org 438-979-1171
Folllow ELANArtEd on Facebook for inspiration and updates.

Apply Now to Connect with Artists

Have a safe & wonderful summer!
Thank you for an amazing 2018/19 school year.
Keep in touch with LEARN’s Facebook & Twitter pages throughout the summer for updates on next year!

NEXT NEWSLETTER ISSUE: AUGUST 2019

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May 8, 2019

LEARN News | May 2019 – May we Teach, Learn, Help!

A newsletter from a Canadian-based K-12 online and blended learning program from this past week’s inbox.

MAY 2019

MAY WE TEACH, LEARN, HELP!

Dr. Michael J. Canuel
CEO, LEARN
Let’s LEARN
REACHING ALL LEARNERS EVERYWHERE, ANYTIME
LEARN how the Virtual Campus
#OnlineLearning can help YOU

VIRTUAL CAMPUS – STUDENT SUPPORT

LEARN TUTORING

Student Support into June

For a strong finish to the school year, LEARN Tutoring is here to support students into June.

Elementary tutoring wraps up on June 6.
Secondary tutoring continues into June exam weeks.

Request a Tutoring Appointment

2018-2019 REAL-TIME & SELF-PACED ONLINE COURSES

LEARNing Online

LEARN’s Needs Assessment Survey was sent to all secondary schools back in March and plans are underway for scheduling our 2019-2020 online courses, both Real-Time and Self-Paced.
Want to learn more about what the experience of our online students and teachers is really like? Watch our new Virtual Campus video and fill in a form to request more information.

LEARN More About Online Courses

VIRTUAL SUMMER SCHOOL

Engaging Students
into Summer School

To assist students who do not have access to summer school services at a school nearby, LEARN will be offering an online summer school option beginning in July 2019. These courses will be offered in real-time, online, by qualified subject teachers. All students registered in an English School Board within the province may access this service. These services are for students who have already completed a year of study in a course and who:

  • wish to improve their final results or,
  • did not receive a passing grade as a final result and wish to rewrite the final exam,
  • are approved by their School Board to take a summer course.

Students will be able to register online at the LEARN website,
as of June 21st, 2019.

LEARN more about Virtual Summer School

LEARN TUTORING FACEBOOK TESTIMONIALS

Virtual Campus Success Stories

Get Social with Success Stories

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NETWORK STORIES

COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTRE INITIATIVE

Parent Engagement

Families play an important role in the education of children. Parents are their child’s first teachers and mentors. When children enter school, educators join the team to help further the academic, social and emotional education of students. Together, families and schools can create the best environments in which children can learn, grow and thrive as citizens. The Provincial Resource Team (PRT) offers support to CLC schools developing and implementing projects, programs, and activities that promote family engagement in all aspects of school life.

Find out more about family engagement in schools and download the latest infographics.

Promote Family Engagement

TEACHING TOOLS

THEMATIC OCS DAY

Microcontrollers in the Classroom

Microcontrollers are programmable circuit boards that are ideal for hands-on learning. Control the physical world with sensors, turn on lights or play tunes, or sew a circuit with these versatile devices. We will tinker with Makey Makey, Micro:bits, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and a Hummingbird in this all-day hands-on workshop that is free of charge to all educators on Friday, May 31, 2019. 

Register Today

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (ICT)

New Resources for the Action Plan
on Digital Technology

One of the featured measures under the plan is the Digital Technology Combos which has provided funding to bring many new technologies into our schools under three categories: Creative Spaces/Makerspaces, Educational Robotics, and Digital Devices. We have created this resource to help you navigate these new technologies and support their use in the classroom.

Discover the Action Plan Resources

ACTIVITÉS FAMILIALES ET CAMPS/
FAMILY OUTINGS & CAMPS

Summer Camps, Learning & Fun!

Saviez-vous que l’Association des camps du Québec regroupe une large sélection de camps d’immersion française et de camps bilingues partout dans la province. Participer à un camp de vacances en français permet d’associer la langue française au jeu et au plaisir. C’est une façon amusante de favoriser l’apprentissage de la langue!

Did you know that l’Association des camps du Québec provides a vast selection of bilingual and French immersion camps throughout the province? Attending a summer camp in French ups the enjoyment factor of speaking French. It is a fun way to promote language learning!

Visiter Accent Québec

NEXTSCHOOL BLOG

NEXTschool Summer Institute

The 2nd NEXTschool Summer Institute will take place in Old Montreal. It will be a rich opportunity for individuals currently participating in NEXTschool to share their experiences so far, and to deepen their understanding of how to implement further change in their schools. For attendees exploring NEXTschool for the first time, the day will serve as a solid introduction to the initiative, and will provide those interested with the support needed to get started. A.J. Juliani, our keynote speaker, will also accompany us for the entire day.
Register before May 31st, 2019

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

TIME: 8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration & coffee
9:00 – 3:00 PM  * A reception will follow

WHERE: Centre Phi, 407 Rue Saint-Pierre, Montréal, QC H2Y 2M3

Attend the NEXT Summer Institute

NEXTSCHOOL BLOG

Creative Reflections:
“What is NEXTschool?”

Congratulations to Vanessa Gold, a member of the McGill NEXTschool research team, as she was recently named one of the Top 25 finalists in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s 2019 Storytellers Challenge.
Check out her inspiring video performance:

Be Inspired by Creative Reflections

NEXTSCHOOL BLOG

Recipe for NEXTschool

By Liz Falco

To make a thriving NEXTschool
Here is what you’ll need:
Some measuring cups, a mixing bowl
Many ingredients, indeed.

Begin by pouring in one litre
Of an open, flexible mindset;
Season with creativity,
Keeping the batter slightly wet.

Add five full heaping tablespoons
Of each subsystem, STARC,
Be sure to blend in smoothly,
Making the batter cool and dark…

Read the full Recipe for Success

ONLINE RESOURCES

LEARNING LANDSCAPES JOURNAL

 Professional Learning: A Community of Practice for Great Schools

In this interview, Linda Darling-Hammond describes the optimal way in which professional learning can be developed and implemented for teachers and school leaders.

Listen to the Interview

NEWS | ALL ABOUT LEARN

TEACHER RECOGNITION

Congratulations Audrey McLaren!

This summer, Audrey McLaren, LEARN Virtual Campus Online teacher for Math, will be attending the GeoGebra Global Gathering in Linz, Austria, thanks to the generous sponsorship of GraspableMath. GraspableMath is developing an interactive algebra software that integrates with GeoGebra. Audrey uses this with her LEARN students, and she will be co-presenting with David Landy on the topic of Interactive algebraic expressions for improved learning outcomes.

Discover the Pre-Calculus Resources

PARTNERS MAKING AN IMPACT

LAUNCHNG MAY 23RD

Artists Inspire Grants

Coming soon!  Artists Inspire Grants – an ELAN/LEARN partnership to provide students in English communities with hands-on creative experiences, funded by the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages.

Annual funding from 2019-2023:  $1500/English public school (elementary/secondary) to connect with qualified artists from Quebec’s English-speaking Communities to facilitate learning experiences during the school day (plus travel costs for rural/remote schools). 

· School applications – apply once, update annually with artist information -approval within 5 business days
· Artists fees and expenses paid by LEARN – no admin work for schools/boards

Connect with ELAN’s Art Ed Team to learn more and plan your 2019-20 creative experiences:  artistsinspiregrants@quebec-elan.org 438-979-1171
The Artists Inspire Grants Website is almost ready for our May 23rd launch!
Folllow ELANArtEd on Facebook for inspiration and updates.

Get Art Inspired
Home and School at the grassroots level: thoughtful parents getting together to plan programming for their school that will benefit the children.

A HISTORY OF ACHIEVEMENT

Celebrating 100 Years of Volunteer Parental Involvement in Education

The Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations, Inc.
is an independent, incorporated, not for profit volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the education and general well-being of children and youth.

The Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations Inc.
promotes the involvement of parents, students, educators and the community at large in the advancement of learning and acts as a voice for parents.

Congratulations QFHSA

NEXT NEWSLETTER ISSUE: JUNE 2019

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April 5, 2019

LEARN News | April 2019 – Springing Back Into Action!

A newsletter from a Canadian-based e-learning program.

APRIL 2019

SPRINGING BACK INTO ACTION!

Dr. Michael J. Canuel
CEO, LEARN
Let’s LEARN
NEW VIDEO:
LEARN how the Virtual Campus
#OnlineLearning can help YOU!

VIRTUAL CAMPUS – STUDENT SUPPORT

LEARN TUTORING – BACK FOR SPRING!

Starting April 1st Until Exams End!

The spring session of LEARN Tutoring got off to a great start on April 1, no fooling!  Our request form is open for students to join the tutoring program from now until June. LEARN’s online tutoring program, provided by experienced Quebec teachers and offered to students in Quebec’s English education community at no cost, runs until the end of June exams.

Request a Tutoring Appointment

ONLINE & BLENDED LEARNING

LEARN More About
Online Possibilities for
Your Students

LEARN’s Virtual Campus provides high-quality instruction aligned with the Quebec curriculum and allows for equity of course offerings across the province no matter the size, staffing, or geographical location of the school. Our secondary 4 and 5 courses follow the Quebec school calendar and run from August to June.

Our annual needs assessment survey was sent to schools at the end of March. Speak to your school principal for more information and contact us to discuss the options.

Submit Your Request for Information

LEARN TUTORING FACEBOOK TESTIMONIALS

Virtual Campus Success Stories

Get Social with Success Stories

Community Schools Network Stories

COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTRE INITIATIVE

School-Community Garden Institute

Does your school have a school-community garden?
Are thinking about developing one?

LEARN and McGill’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) is hosting a FREE School-Community Garden Institute on
Friday, May 3rd from 9:30-3pm at McGill.

The School-Community Garden Institute is a great way to create an outdoor space that contributes to student learning, environmental awareness, healthy eating and community building.

Register for School-Community Garden Institute

FEATURED PARTNER: YOUTH FOR YOUTH

Collaboration to Meet Young Anglophones: Y4Y Quebec Association

Over the past months, the Y4Y Quebec Association, a provincial non-profit youth network committed to addressing the issues facing English-speaking youth ages 16-30, has collaborated with LEARN helping them organize events to meet young Anglophones from around Quebec.
Discover the Y4Y Collaboration

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.

LEARN’s next OCS day:
April 26, 2019
9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Register for LEARNshop

OCS PRESENTS:

Artful Making in STEAM

Registration is OPEN for our first-ever Arts-focused thematic day on Friday, May 10, 2019. LEARN‘s PED Services team is inviting all educators to experience firsthand our Open Creative Space with an Arts theme! From automata, e-textiles, and robots that draw to the power of a studio practice explore the role of the Arts in STEAM education. This is an all-day hands-on experience, free of charge to all educators.

Register for Arts LEARNshop

LEARN AU 38E CONGRÈS DE L’AQEFLS LE 25 & 26 AVRIL 2019

Ateliers animés par LEARN

Jeudi 25 avril : 11h15-12h30
J10 – Quand l’apprentissage par l’engagement communautaire rime avec la pensée design.

Jeudi 25 avril : 15h15-16h30
J24 – Le savoir-être dans un espace créatif – Le Laboratoire ouvert pour favoriser l’apprentissage du FLS.

Vendredi 26 avril : 10h45-12h
VT02 – CONFÉRENCE THÉMATIQUE – NEXTschool: un projet d’école évolutive.

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FOSTERING A CULTURE OF EDUCATION FOR RECONCILIATION

Learning, Acting & Reading in
Solidarity with Indigenous people

National Indigenous History Month is not until June, but April is the time to plant the seeds for future harvests! Start by setting the date for the April 8th CBC Montreal’s Turtle Island Reads panel and evening of stories written by and about Indigenous people in Canada. Support the reconciliation process further through awareness, education, and even action via the new Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund website highlighted this month on our site. Keep informed by exploring our developing Ed4Rec section and signing up for our new Ed4Rec newsletter!

LEARN About Education for Reconciliation

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!

Join LEARN’s 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.

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NEXTSCHOOL BLOG

Bringing Student Insights
to the Forefront

One of the main reasons that Design Thinking is the chosen facilitation process in designing NEXTschool is its integral focus on human needs.  In this case, the humans are students! In order to get past their own inevitable assumptions and biases, EXPLOREteachers have taken on a number of initiatives to listen to the student perspective, to dig deep on pulling out their insights and ideas, and to giving them the opportunity to help build and iterate their prototypes.

Learn More about Student Insights

ONLINE RESOURCES

LEARNING LANDSCAPES JOURNAL

A Portrait of the Creative Process in Children’s Learning

What does Zina Dusaniwsky, the art teacher at St. George’s Elementary School in Montreal, have to say about creativity and learning? Enjoy her interview to find out.
Watch the Interview

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MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND HIGHER EDUCATION
JEAN-FRANÇOIS ROBERGE & MNA DÉPUTÉ DE SAINTE-ROSE CHRISTOPHER SKEETE VISIT LEARN

Learning with the Minister of Education

LEARN had the pleasure of welcoming at our Laval office yesterday, Mr. Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education & Higher Education, and Mr. Christopher Skeete, MNA for Sainte-Rose & Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers.
They were pleased to learn about our resources & services through our Virtual Campus, work being done by the Provincial Resource Team to support the Community Learning Centres, discovered the NEXTschool Initiative and LEARN’s overall support for the English-speaking community in Quebec. LEARN’s Pedagogical Services team also greeted the Minister into our Open Creative Space and discussed how we support innovative pedagogical practices, hands-on learning and the integration of technology in the classroom.

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FORUM PÉDAGOGIQUE

5e édition des forums pédagogiques

Le 21 mars 2019 dernier s’est tenue la 5e édition des forums pédagogiques au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal organisée par LEARN, l’Association québécoise des enseignants de français langue seconde (AQEFLS), l’Association canadienne des professionnels de l’immersion (ACPI) et le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (MBAM). Lors de cette soirée, des enseignant.e.s et des étudiant.e.s du Québec ont eu l’occasion d’échanger et de réfléchir à des pratiques pédagogiques gagnantes en FLS. Plusieurs prix de présences ont été remis aux participant.e.s.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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LEARN TUTORING TESTIMONIALS

Virtual Campus Success Stories

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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!
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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.”

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