Technology-Enabled Learning & Leading Institute

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The Technology-Enabled Learning & Leading Institute,
August 17-18, 2015

By Brian Coulson

An essential aspect of educational leadership today is being knowledgeable about how technology can engage learners and prepare them for success in an increasingly connected world. As lead learners in their school communities, Catholic principals and vice-principals need to develop an understanding of the key skills associated with effective 21st century education and know how to harness the capacity of technology to promote student learning and achievement.

Creating Opportunities for Learning & Leading

How can school leaders support deeper learning in a digital age and take on the challenges of 21st century teaching and learning? These were the key themes that were explored at the second Technology-Enabled Learning Institute (TETL) held on August 17th -18th in Toronto. Over 300 principals and vice-principals across the province attended the two-day learning event including 110 members from CPCO!  The institute provided opportunities for professional learning and dialogue about technology, leadership and innovation. It was a timely and engaging learning event for school leaders as they head back to their school communities to start another school year.

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Luciana Cardarelli, CPCO Program & Member Services Coordinator, brought special greetings to our members and acknowledged the valuable work and leadership of the project team in planning this special event for school leaders.

Catherine Sim extended a warm welcome and support from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Her opening remarks highlighted the successful partnerships between the ministry, boards and principal associations in promoting student learning and engagement through innovation, new technologies and ongoing professional learning.

Keynote Speakers Connect with School Leaders

How can we develop an innovative culture and mindset? How can we harness new technologies to bring about deeper learning for our students? These were some of the big questions that Simon Breakspear tackled in his virtual keynote and video during the Institute.  He shared a number of key lessons learned from educational and global organizations that have been successful in shaping innovative cultures and transforming learning. Developing human-centered approaches for innovation was highlighted as being essential for generating collaborative cultures and for generating new solutions. Simon’s unique insights and practical ideas clearly resonated with many school leaders and sparked ongoing conversations during the two-day Institute.

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How can we develop an innovative culture and mindset? How can we harness new technologies to bring about deeper learning for our students? These were some of the big questions that Simon Breakspear tackled in his virtual keynote and video during the Institute.  He shared a number of key lessons learned from educational and global organizations that have been successful in shaping innovative cultures and transforming learning. Developing human-centered approaches for innovation was highlighted as being essential for generating collaborative cultures and for generating new solutions. Simon’s unique insights and practical ideas clearly resonated with many school leaders and sparked ongoing conversations during the two-day Institute. Click here to access Simon’s video “Innovation for Better Learning.”

Alec Couros proved to be a supportive and insightful learning partner throughout the two-day institute. His keynote speech “Taking on the Challenges of 21st Century Teaching and Learning” highlighted a number of emerging trends related to technology, social media and education. Alec’s mix of research, personal stories and sense of humour clearly resonated and connected with many school leaders.

Principals Sharing Their Learning on Innovation and Leadership

Once again, the TELL institute provided a comprehensive selection of learning sessions to learn about the rich innovative work and technology tools being implemented in schools across the province. Principals and vice-principals presented on a variety of school-based initiatives such as digital citizenship, mobile and cloud based tools for student learning, using technology/social media to support collaborative inquire and engage the school community.

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Below are some examples of comments shared by the participants about the institute and learning sessions: 

All topics had direct ties to the Catholic Ontario Leadership Framework and the six C’s –The whole conference motivated me to constantly reflect about my practices as a Catholic Leader

The sessions have given me more information to refine my school’s social media presence to improve teaching and learning in my school.

Love the emphasis on social learning, empathy, making connections, allowing students to drive their learning.

Ideas and resources were shared. I thought that the vision of collaboration using social media to be interesting. I can see how elements of things I’ve learned at this conference will be incorporated into my annual growth plan.

Agents of Change Panel

Schools leaders from the three principal associations share their thoughts about innovation, change and making learning more visible in their schools. An interactive discussion followed with questions about collaborative inquiry, school improvement planning, assessment and evaluation.

L to R: Jean-Francois Boulanger-ADFO, Gianna Helling-CPCO, Patrick Miller-OPC with Alec Couros as moderator

L to R: Jean-Francois Boulanger-ADFO, Gianna Helling-CPCO, Patrick Miller-OPC with Alec Couros as moderator

Future Webcast Topics, 2015-2016!

November, 2015 – Strategies to promote collaborative inquiry
February, 2016 – Using technology to develop 21st century competencies
March, 2016 – Building teacher capacity in technology-enabled learning and teaching
April, 2016 – Developing a culture of digital citizenship
May, 2016 – Assessing & monitoring the effectiveness of technology-enabled learning

Stay tuned for more information on the dates, times and instructions on how to participate.

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