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November 29, 2021

Article Notice – Online Teacher Professional Development in Canada: A Review of the Research

I mentioned this article in yesterday’s entry entitled [CJLT] New notification from Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, and I wanted to highlight it specifically today.

Online Teacher Professional Development in Canada: A Review of the Research


  • Pamela Beach, Queen’s University
  • Elena Favret, Queen’s University
  • Alexandra Minuk, Queen’s University



online learning, teacher professional development, review


This paper presents findings from a systematic review of 11 studies examining online teacher professional development (oTPD) in Canada between 2000-2020. A thematic content analysis of the articles led to four main themes associated with research on oTPD: 1. knowledge exchange; 2. reflective practice; 3. multifaceted learning opportunities; and 4. just-in-time support. The study contexts, research methods, and other relevant study characteristics are also reviewed and discussed. The results shed light on the current research trends on oTPD in Canada and highlight the need for continued research in this area. Data from diverse research methods across Canada’s geographical regions can contribute to greater insight into the types of oTPD occurring in Canada and how various platforms and professional development opportunities can best support teachers’ professional learning.


Pamela Beach, Queen’s University

Pamela Beach is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Her background as an elementary teacher has influenced her research which centres on the dissemination of research-informed literacy practices. Pamela’s work explores how online and multimedia resources can be used in teacher education and professional development.

Elena Favret, Queen’s University

Elena Favret holds a Master of Education from Queen’s University, where she completed her research on perceptions of oral communication during collaborative learning in elementary classrooms from the perspectives of teachers and speech-language pathologists. Elena’s teaching experience has guided her research and approach to topics including teacher professional development.

Alexandra Minuk, Queen’s University

Alexandra Minuk is a doctoral student at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Education. Her research focuses on the inclusion of students with disabilities and the key variables that influence classroom placement. Alexandra’s background as a special education teacher has shaped how she approaches the study of teacher professional development.

October 13, 2020

Faculty of Education – Ontario Tech University: Sharing Excellence in Online and Blended Learning (Oct 26th to Nov 5th, 2020)

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This scrolled over my electronic desk in the past few days.

Teaching & Learning with Technology 2020:
Sharing Excellence in Online and Blended Learning

Given the uncertainty with the 2020-2021 school year, teachers need to be prepared for face-to-face, blended and online learning. This conference will explore best practices in blended and online learning in K-12 Education. Workshops will be online and interactive so that teachers can experience effective online learning as students.

Participants can register only for those workshops ​that meet their needs. Come explore the possibilities for engaging students, supporting learning as well as cool tools to make this happen.​

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September 8, 2020

Online Professional Development – The Online Teacher: Transition To Online Teaching With Confidence

This scrolled across my electronic desk over the weekend.  I thought readers may be interested in this professional learning opportunity.

The Online Teacher

Transition to online teaching with confidence

The Online Teacher provides comprehensive modules that empower you to feel confident in your ability to teach in an online context. Learn and apply new pedagogical theories and practical strategies while connecting to pre-existing knowledge from Teacher Education courses and classroom experiences. Connect with extraordinary Ontario educators in the field to consolidate your learning and experience real applications.

For more information, visit

August 6, 2020

Five Unique Virtual Learning Options

More online professional learning opportunities for practitioners.

Travel-Free PD: Dynamic Professional Learning from Where You Want to Be
Powerful expertise delivered directly to you
During this pivotal time in K–12 education, Solution Tree is committed to providing educators like you with high-quality professional development.

With inspirational keynotes and interactive breakout sessions, our virtual events offer the same powerful tools and strategies you expect from attending one in person. This is the perfect opportunity to improve your skills as an individual, as well as to unite large teams in the name of higher learning for every student.

See how our digital offerings can meet the needs of your school or district:

Remote Teaching Virtual Institute
Remote Teaching | August 10
Learn how to ensure learning for all in this new educational landscape. Our team of presenters will offer practical strategies, real-world advice, and answers to questions many educators are asking right now about teaching remotely.
Time for Change Virtual Institute
Time for Change | August 12 and August 31
Become a catalyst for school improvement by developing the skills of a transformational leader. As active participants, you and your team will examine the research that supports these behaviors, as well as engage in practice activities designed to build your capacity.
Portable Event Packages
The Portable Event Package gives you the knowledge and tools to implement the powerful PLC at Work® and RTI at Work™ processes in your school or district. For 30 days, you’ll have unlimited access to keynotes and breakout sessions.
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April 24, 2020

Asynchronous & Blended Learning | PBL & Inquiry Online | Female Leadership

Several interesting items that may be of use to some readers.

In Case You Missed It

Now taking applications for our Online Workshop sessions starting in May!

Learn More and apply or request info on a personalized workshop for your school cohort!

Visit Our Online Workshops Page
Featured Podcast Episode:

Ep. 206 School Leadership From A Female Perspective

Drew Perkins talks with Maria Castelluccio, Head of School at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, about the lessons she’s learned as a female educator and now school leader.

Archived Video and Chat Comments from our recent Zoom Discussion!

The Power of Inquiry in
Times of Uncertainty

And a link to a growing list of curated resources for online teaching.
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