Emerging Themes – Professional Learning
What was said?
Schools and DSBs described specific focuses for professional learning to support identified student learning needs and corresponding educator learning goals.
For schools, a key area of professional learning has been the establishment of a student continuum of mathematical development for instruction and assessment.
At a system level, DSBs provide a network for professional learning, such as professional learning communities, involving central board staff and consultants, external subject experts, and the ministry to support the implementation of school-based numeracy goals.
However, a key challenge for professional learning in 2017-18 has been the difficulty of building consistency within schools and across districts, alongside a shortage of supply coverage.
This suggests that new approaches to professional learning should be explored to help embed consistent learning opportunities for all educators, across all schools.
Addressing the Challenges:
Ministry resources to support school and system leaders with providing professional learning opportunities for all educators: