Honour Specialist (English)The Additional Qualification Course: Honour Specialist (English) employs a critical, pedagogical lens to explore, in a holistic and integrated manner, theoretical foundations, learning theory, program planning, development and implementation, instructional design and practices, assessment and evaluation, the learning environment, research and ethical considerations related to teaching and learning across the divisions. Through these explorations, candidates strengthen professional efficacy by gaining in-depth knowledge, refining professional judgment and generating new knowledge for practice. The Ontario College of Teachers recognizes that candidates working in the publicly funded school system, independent/private institutions or First Nations schools will have a need to explore topics and issues of particular relevance to the context in which they work or may work.
- Be a member in good standing with the OCT
- FOUR-year academic undergraduate degree, (20 full courses excluding education courses)
- NINE full courses in the subject of English with a minimum B average(excluding education courses)
- Minimum TWO years certified teaching experience by the first day of the course, subsequent to certification including at least ONE year in English
- Signed Supervisory Officer's Form by course end date confirming teaching experience Official transcript(s) sent directly to the Professional Learning Office from the granting institution before course start date
Find an offering of this course that is convenient for you:
|Course Code||Date||Format / Location||Price||Availability|
|YU21HEN1||Jul 05, 2021 -
Jul 30, 2021
|YU21HEN2||Aug 03, 2021 -
Sep 02, 2021
Course listings are accurate as of May. 11 13:53 PM.
I am an educator with K-12 experience in Ontario schools and international settings. I hold a PhD in Education from York University and currently research literacies, education politics and policies, and mentoring. My teaching and research aim to serve diverse and dynamic school communities through a focus on critically-minded and responsive student-centred pedagogies.
Testimonial from Fall 2017
"I had Lana Parker for this course and credit her with coming up with sensible and well thought out assignments that were useful. She also taught wonderfully and engagingly, making this my favourite course by far. ... Lana stimulated interesting class and group discussions and interactions, while providing us with useful resources and information."
After 26 years teaching math, general science, chemistry and biology in the classroom, along with receiving The Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, I then completed my career in public education as Science Coordinator in The Toronto District School Board. After, I served as Assistant Director at York University's York/Seneca Institute for Math, Science and Technology developing and administering curriculum resources to 22 school boards in Ontario as well as initial development of York's online additional qualification teacher education program. Along the way I co-authored a Grade 11 Biology textbook for Ontario. Also in that time up to the present, I instruct a variety of York's online intermediate/senior additional qualification courses, lately centered on Honour Specialist, Biology and Honour Specialist, Chemistry. Upon moving to Niagara, I then served as science/biology instructor at Brock University's pre-service teacher education program as well as coordinating Niagara University's delivery of its online AQ program.
Testimonial from Honour Specialist, Biology candidate, Summer- 2018
"Ray is a very helpful and resourceful instructor. He put a lot of time, thought and care into his feedback. I was allowed to use my real courses to design activities for next year's teaching that helped me grow both as a teacher and as a learner."
I’ve spent my whole career doing all sorts of things in the world of ESL, from being a consultant, a coordinator, a classroom teacher, ESL teacher, a course writer, AQ instructor, and a Ministry of Ed education officer. There is not a lot I have not seen - and now I have the pleasure of working with you as you start on your own professional journey with English language learners.
Testimonial from Summer 2018 TELL part 1 session
(From most recent course) Course instructor did a great job. Burns was very involved and always at the forefront of everything we did. He supported us through our learning and led us in the proper directions we needed. I am appreciative for the work that he did with us and how much we accomplished in a short but packed month! Thank you very much! Participant feedback was great and course instructor very helpful (I appreciated) The expertise of the course instructor The instructor; easy to contact, provided feedback, and was very fair and understanding. I liked that I could ask the Prof any questions I had... (I liked) Instructors immediate feedback
I am currently the Assistant Curriculum Leader (ACL) of Student Services and a Guidance Counsellor at Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI, in the TDSB. I graduated from the Doctor of Education program at OISE/UT, specializing in Counselling Psychology in Community and Educational Settings. I have also been a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto, teaching graduate studies courses in the Applied Psychology and Human Development department and the Social Justice Education department. I developed and co-facilitate Girl’Space, a group counselling program for girls aimed at examining social issues facing girls and building self-esteem and empowerment for the participants. I also developed a similar program for boys in partnership with the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club. Finally, I developed and co-facilitate a psycho-educational counselling group for students called #Stress-Ed which uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach to help students cope with stress and anxiety. I love my role as a Guidance Counsellor and as an Instructor for the Guidance & Career Education AQs here at York University. I look forward to working with teachers who aspire to get into a Guidance role.
Testimonial from Fall 2018
Renée made herself readily available to all. She gave great feedback and I really felt that she cared that we understood the material. She always provided thorough explanations to our questions. I would recommend anyone to take this course with her.
Hi Everyone, My name is Maryteresa (Terie) Nocera and I have been an AQ Instructor for York University for about seven years. I began my teaching career as an Early Childhood Educator working with students with special needs in Montreal before moving back to Toronto. I have been with the TCDSB for over 23 years, teaching everything from French Immersion Kindergarten and French Core, grade 1-5 to special education. I believe passionately in working collaboratively with educators, families, and the community to support all learners. I continue to advocate for students and families in my role as an Assessment and Programming teacher and as a member of the Early Years Interdisciplinary team with Special Services at TCDSB. I have the opportunity to meet our youngest learners as they begin their educational career and to support programming/strategies as they transition through grades 1 to 8. In this role, I support the transition to school, programming for students with learning needs, enrichment, creating inclusive and engaging learning spaces, planning with an inquiry stance, developing and implementing professional learning for Kindergarten teams, and supporting the transition to high school. Most recently, I was the Early Years Lead Resource Teacher. I supported the implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten and was responsible for all professional development across the board. I received the Frances Pleschuk Award (2017) from the Council of Associated Primary Educators in recognition for my work in Early Years. I believe that we are always learning and most recently went back to school and completed my Master of Education. I am honoured and excited to be teaching the Kindergarten Additional Qualification Courses for York University! I look forward to learning together! Maryteresa Nocera
Testimonial from T.P. Spring 2019
I learned so much! This course made me think deeply about my image of the child and how it impacts my teaching. I appreciated Terie's support and continued encouragement to ask questions.
After 34 years, I have just retired from teaching elementary HPE in the Peel Bd. However, I'm not finished. I am a Vice President with CIRA Ontario and teach part-time in the Kinesiology Dept., at Redeemer University College in Hamilton. I am also working with Redeemer University as a Professor in their Faculty of Education Dept., working with students completing their practicum placements. This is my 5th year teaching the York A.Q. course with Joe, and I am truly blessed to continue working with passionate and dedicated phys. ed. teachers. I will continue to pursue opportunities to share my experiences and passion for physical activity for children of all ages.
Testimonial from Winter/Spring 2018
This was shared after last year's class: "I also found that the A.Q. course touched on all aspects of the Physical Education program, which allowed us to learn how to be successful in all areas. We also learned a vast amount of hands on games and activities that we could do with our students which was so important. Not only did we leave with a tool bag of important information and resources, but also tons of physical activities that can be down anywhere that keep our kids at any age moving and having fun. We also had great speakers and presenters come, which was a bonus too. I found this course to be so influential to me and I am actually sad it is done. I have learned so much and have gained so much insight into the role that I am craving more. I feel lucky that I had the opportunity to learn from both Joe and Andy".
Jennifer Stacey has been teaching Orff and Preparatory classes for over 30 years. She has her Orff Post Level III Certificate, Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music and is currently working on her Master of Community Music at Laurier. Jennifer has been teaching Primary/Jr. Vocal Music teacher additional qualification courses for York University for 7 years. Jennifer has been a clinician for music workshops covering such topics as Music and Literacy, Music and Kindergarten, Montessori Music, Music and Science, and Ukulele and Orff. Jennifer has written curriculum lessons for the Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA), York University and York Region School Board. In 2007, Jennifer was part of the Ministry of Education's writing team for the Elementary Arts Curriculum. Jennifer is the editor of the Ontario Orff newsletter and is also an executive board member of the Ontario Orff Chapter.
Testimonial from Summer 2018
It was a pleasure learning with Jennifer and Len (guest speaker)! Their joyful, hands in approach to teaching is refreshing and inspiring. I finished the course feeling ready to take on new challenges and excited try something new in the classroom. They are truly passionate teachers whose love for music education is contagious. By far, my favourite AQ thus far.
Lesley Davidson is currently a K-12 Learning Coach with the Toronto District School Board. Formerly a Digital Lead Learner in the TDSB, Lesley has also presented at TDSB Google Camp, Toronto Google Summit 2015-2016, Niagara Google Summit 2016, Reading For The Love of It 2016 & 2018 Conference and International Literacy Association Conference Boston 2016 and Austin, Texas 2018. As an educator for the past 23 years, she has worked as an Instructional Leader of English/Literacy, Literacy Coach and in a variety of diverse educational settings to improve student achievement, and create and sustain vibrant learning communities. She also teaches Additional Qualification courses at York University - Reading Part 1, 2 and 3 and Reading Part 1 Adolescent Focus Grades 7-10.
Testimonial from Summer 2018 and Winter 2018
The instructor Lesley was fabulous and very knowledgeable on every topic. I wish she did all of the online AQ's! Reading Part 1 was very worthwhile. Lesley Davidson is an insightful and approachable instructional leader. She has so much to share and is always willing to take our opinions and expertise into account.
I have worked as an educator for 35 years. I have had the wonderful experience of teaching in all of the various grades in elementary schools within three different school boards. I have spent 28 years working in special education. I have been a special education consultant for the past 15 years. I have had the opportunity to work instructing teachers through summer institutes and AQ programs. I also instruct new teachers through the NTIP program. I am involved working with teacher candidates in their year 1 and year 2 consecutive program through Brock University. I have had the wonderful privilege of working with YORK teaching Special education Part 1 and 2 and the Specialist programs for the past 8 years. I believe to work in Special Education you must have the deepest understanding about student profiles, parent engagement and teacher collaboration.
Testimonial from Dr. Brendan Browne, Superintendent of Special Education, Halton Catholic District School Board
Most of what I learned in Special Education I learned through working with Victoria Goodwin-Duncan.
I am a Centrally Assigned Principal in Employee Services - Elementary Teaching Office with the Toronto District School (TDSB). I have 15 years experience as an Elementary School Administrator in various school settings, K-5, K-8 and 6-8. I was thrilled to be awarded one of Canada's Outstanding Principals in 2011 by The Learning Partnership. I have been a PQP instructor with York University since 2012. I value relationships required to build capacity in our educational institutions, including parents, students and staff. I am passionate about advocating for all students and establishing conditions for all to succeed. On a personal level, I enjoy gardening, sports and family time. I was a professional soccer player and a member of our Canadian Olympic Soccer Team. As a volunteer, I was honoured to have received Vaughan Soccer Club's Coach of the Year in 2018. "I am learning everyday"
Testimonial from Summer 2018
Dom, amazing experience! You have made this learning experience rich, authentic, and engaging. Thank you for taking time out of your summer to lead us and encourage us on our journey. You truly made the course a great experience.
I have been a certified teacher for over 40 years. I have taught in all 4 divisions as well as held roles as: a special education teacher, a math education consultant, and taught at the Faculty of Education. I have been teaching math through problem solving since 1988, and have been leading math professional development for over 25 years, so can answer your instruction questions both from research and classroom experience perspectives. My classes provide practical, classroom ready materials that you can try in your classroom, but also serve as the means to examine the underlying instructional practices that create confident, powerful mathematical thinkers. Regardless of whether you are confident in your math or found math challenging, we create a collaborative, risk-free environment where everyone moves forward as a math educator and thinker. You can see me teacher my Grade 6/7 class here: https://thelearningexchange.ca/projects/linking-todays-understanding-to-tomorrows-learning/
Testimonial from Former participants
... never thought I would laugh in math class ... Dan challenged my thinking about teaching from day 1 ... I was terrified of math. I am now much more confident and understand that I can do math ... course is classroom practical and Dan gives tons of possible lessons ...
Steven Silva is currently appointed as Vice Principal with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. He is former Department Head of Languages & Cultural Studies where he taught courses from Grades 9 to 12, including Core French, International Languages-Portuguese/Spanish/Italian, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Dance. A lifelong learner, Steven holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, an Honours B.A. in French Studies/Geography and a B. Ed. from York University as well as a Certificate of Proficiency in both Italian and Portuguese language. Steven’s professional qualifications include an Honour Specialist in French, a Specialist in both Dramatic Arts and Dance as well as Principal’s Qualifications. As a leader in FSL and International Languages, Steven has served as Lead Writer for the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Review as well as Senior Author of FSL learning resources for RK Publishing. He has also contributed to Professional Learning Communities by facilitating workshops for the OMLTA and school boards across Ontario. Aside from teaching, Steven actively participates in the arts and travels to experience new cultures.
Testimonial from AQ FSL, Part 3 Teacher Candidate (Summer 2019)
“Steven Silva is an incredible leader and educator. The way he ran the course made each day engaging, relevant, and allowed for us to reflect upon our strengths and needs as teachers. Not only did I learn how to be a leader in FSL but I re-learned all the aspects of strong teaching just through watching him lead the course. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity!”
I am currently a Principal at the Toronto District School Board. However, I began my teaching career in kindergarten and have had the privilege to work for many years as an Early Years instructional Leader and the Early Years Program Coordinator, leading a team of Instructional Leaders as we rolled out Full Day Kindergarten. I have a Masters in Education, have taught the Bachelors of Education program and have enjoyed teaching the Primary ABQ and all three parts of the Kindergarten AQ for several years.
Testimonial from Jesse Hamchi, Kindergarten Educator (Section 23 program) , Kindergarten Part 1, 2, and Specialist
It was such a refreshing experience to learn from someone who openly shared her expertise, wisdom and experiences from such a multidimensional perspective. She is such a driven, flexible, passionate and organized instructor who has a unique way of developing inspiring relationships with her students. Her positive attitude, sense of humour and approachable disposition plays an integral part in her ability to create a classroom culture that supports meaningful learning, fun engagement and an open space for vulnerability in order to grow. I have taken several AQ courses over the years including all three of Darlene’s Kindergarten AQ classes. I can confidently say that she is exceptional in her leadership role as a facilitator . She is extremely effective in her ability to motivate her students and to help build confidence by empowering them as lifelong learners with current and relevant pedagogy.
Barry Bedford has been an educator for over 29 years. His experience is varied from teaching through ASL at a residential school for the Deaf through to mainstream grade 10. As an administrator he has held the positions of VP, Principal, Education Officer for Staff Development, Education Officer for Ontario Focused Intervention Partnership to most recently Education Officer for Equity and Inclusive Education. He recently returned to the role of Principal in a Durham K-8 school hosting the Gifted stream as well.
Testimonial from Winter 2017/Spring 2019
Barry Bedford, the course instructor, facilitated great conversations that allowed us to consider our beliefs and values in an honest, critical way. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in perusing administration. They would be fortunate to have Mr. Bedford as their instructor. Thanks Barry for sharing your stories and insights with us! Also, for challenging me to think about equity, my next steps and for helping to develop stronger personal leadership philosophy. Barry's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion -- and how these were covered in the course -- was inspiring for my professional practice. This was the best part of the course.
I've been a 2ndary school teacher, a course director in York U.'s Faculty of Education, an English/Literacy consultant with the Toronto D.S.B., and an Education Officer for EQAO, involved in developing literacy assessments for Gr. 3, 6 and the OSSLT. I wrote an award-winning Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, with a focus on English education and contemporary literary criticism, and have an extensive publication record for school, board, provincial, commercial and academic venues. Since 2003, I've developed and taught Reading, Writing and English A.Q.s for both OISE and York. I've long been an anti-oppressive educator with a specialist in critical pedagogy and critical literacy and have presented widely on both.
Testimonial from Intermediate Eng. Aug 2018; Senior Eng. A.Q. Aug. 2018
The level of personal feedback provided by the instructor was well beyond anything I have experienced before! She was an engaging and informed mentor, with the ability to hone in on my interests and guide me to areas of inquiry I would never have thought to explore! There were many aspects of the course that I found extremely useful. The rich and relevant resources were my favourite because I was able to apply many of them to my current teaching experience. I also enjoyed many of the activities and felt that they were well thought out and properly suited for the course. Carol was a great instructor she was clear and concise and her outlines and instructions were very well thought out and organized. She also provided very detailed feedback in a very timely manner, which helped the flow of dialogue and when it was time to make edits or revisions. Overall this course was a very pleasant and knowledgable experience.
I have been teaching for eight years in the Toronto District School Board as a French Immersion Kindergarten educator and now service many schools as an Early Reading Coach. I currently instruct the Kindergarten Additional Qualification course at York University and the Elementary Teacher Federation of Ontario. I am the author of Shades of Me, Shade of Happiness and The Right Shade for Me. These three books address issues of social justice and unearth the complexities of skin complexion. I am passionate about teaching and building positive self-image for young children. I have earned a Master’s from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education in the department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education and graduated from Windsor University where she earned her Bachelor of Education with a focus on Urban Education and Native studies. Follow me on twitter: @booklamations.
Testimonial from Shauna Gordon
"I thoroughly enjoyed coming to class each and every day, and engaging in the learning opportunities you created. You created a safe space to learn, question and collaborate. I have gained so much from you, the guest speakers and my colleagues. I look forward to implementing this one day in a Kindergarten classroom".
I am an elementary teacher passionate about the arts. I have taught in a variety of contexts (as a classroom teacher, as a rotary arts teacher etc.) Currently, I am working on my PhD at the University of Toronto and teaching in the Pre-Service education program at Brock University.
Testimonial from -Teacher, HDSB
"Brooke's courses are practical and engaging!"
I bring my 22 years of experience as a teacher, Special Education Consultant, and Coordinator - as well as a parent- to this role. I learn from, observe, and work with highly effective teachers, parents, and other experts, to help students who have special needs. I share strategies, resources, and knowledge in a practical and fun way! My goal is to help ALL children meet their greatest potential. I focus on the WHOLE child, including their mental health and well being.
Testimonial from Summer 2017 Session
Laurie was a phenomenal instructor. She is not only incredibly knowledgeable and current on trends and issues in education; she did an excellent job modelling the instructional strategies she was teaching us. She was always accessible at any time of the day to answer questions and provide feedback. It was obvious that she was passionate about this course and wanted us to gain as much as we could from our time together. I cannot wait to take another course with her.
I am currently an educator for the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board with over 30 years of experience. Over those years, I have taught in the primary, junior and intermediate divisions. I have also had experience working as a special education teacher. For the past 10 years, I have had the position of a centrally assigned ELL Resource Teacher and ESL/ELD Itinerant Teacher (K-12). Since 2011, I have been an executive member of the ESL/ELD Resource of Ontario (ERGO). I was fortunate to be a lead teacher for the Ministry of Education ELL Summer Symposiums in 2014 -2016. I have also had the privilege of presenting at the OISE Celebrating Linguistic Diversity Conference (2014-2018) and 2017 ELL Summer Symposium on the subject of using digital tools for supporting ELLs. I have a passion for working with and supporting newcomer students and their families.
Testimonial from Winter 2018
This past year, I took two online courses at York relating to English Language Learners. The coursework was interesting, challenging and rewarding. I was exposed to and became more familiar with the various MOE documents as well as other fantastic resources to support ELLs in our classrooms and schools. Coursework was relevant and flexible; I was able to customize my assignments to reflect the unique needs that I have in my classroom. I have been able to implement and use what I learned through the readings, coursework and online dialogue to my classroom. I feel more confident in my ability to include, plan for, assess, and advocate for the ELLs in my classroom and school as I now better understand the theories around language acquisition and what strategies to use to support ELLs. I prefered the online component of the course as it allowed me the flexibility to continue to work full time. I liked the fact that the instructor provided us with timely feedback on posts and assignments and offered multiple opportunities to “meet” with others through video conferencing. I would recommend this course to anyone who teaches or supports ELLs. Tanya Kranc Elementary Teacher
"The journey of thousand miles starts with one single step". As a Principal within the Peel District School Board, I try an inspire students, staff and the community to embrace activity and push the limits of what they thought previously possible.
Testimonial from OCT Learned so much about myself and feel more coinfident teaching Phys Ed!
I did not know what to expect for this course as it was my first ABQ. The course director was great and I had "a great experience, as well as making amazing relationships with other teachers. I always looked forward to coming to class and working out, playing games, and learning ways to incorporate it into my teachings."
Passionate about Math, empowering students and teachers, and life-long learning. I have spent a number of years teaching mathematics as well as having the opportunity to be a math coach and instructional program leader, which allows me to work with teachers and students to help all students be successful. I believe that every child can learn with the right tools and environments.
Testimonial from Winter 2018
Being able to talk to Kristin after every class was invaluable. She was able to bring resources to class that could help me immediately, and I was able to get feedback once I needed it.
I have had the pleasure of teaching Kindergarten to Grade 6, coaching teachers in K to Gr. 8, and learning more about evidence-based approaches to reading instruction. I'm currently working on a graduate degree and am excited to learn alongside others who want to learn more about teaching reading.
Testimonial from Spring 2020, HDSB/York AQ
OCT: I just wanted to thank you again. I loved this course and learned so much. I am inspired. OCT: I wanted to thank you for the Reading Part 1 course that I was lucky enough to take with you this spring. The truth is, I’ve never taken an AQ before, and never thought I would want to take one online rather than in person. Thank you for making this meaningful, and an enjoyable challenge, and for your support throughout this course.
Krista Clarke has been an educator for nearly 30 years. She has taught French Immersion, been a teacher-librarian, and an in-school math coach. She has written, reviewed and consulted on a number of French language educational publications, including guided readers, inquiry and mathematics resources. Most recently, she has been in the role of Instructional Program Leader responsible for building capacity with groups of teachers in math, literacy and FSL. Krista is passionate about math and French, her two favourite subjects, and about engaging students with meaningful topics in order to inspire authentic learning.
Testimonial from Winter 2018 session
The instructors provided authentic and relevant activities that our students will be doing in the classroom. That was very valuable. Instructors were extremely knowledgeable and were available whenever I needed assistance. This was an A+ experience!! Thank you for the thorough and interesting course. It has made me feel confident that I could teach math tomorrow and plan an effective program.
Hi there, my name is Andrea Thykootathil and currently I am a Course Director in the Faculty of Education at York University where I teach math and science courses as well as observe teacher candidates in their school placements for the Bachelor of Education program. Before York, I was at the Ontario Science Centre where I taught Grade 12 biology and gave presentations to visiting schools. I was also the science department head at St. Patrick's High School in the TCDSB as well as an elementary teacher for 6 years also in the TCDSB. I been teaching both the intermediate and senior science AQs at York for a few years now and enjoy working with all the great teachers out there.
Testimonial from Fall AQ Session 2019
Thanks Andrea ! I appreciate the way you are presenting our course in a structured way . You made all the modules interesting . And most important thing you respond us back right away whenever we need your assistance .
Tansi, Aanni, Boozhoo! My name is Christina Saunders, a proud Cree/Metis woman. Currently I am a Centrally Assigned Vice Principal for the TDSB Urban Indigenous Education Centre and Kapapamahchakwew - Wandering Spirit School. I have developed and lead professional learning workshops for school board personnel on how to centre Indigenous Education into school improvement plans and curriculum, implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action, to name a few. I am deeply committed to leading the transformation of the education system so that Indigenous and other marginalized students feel safe and can reach their full potential.
Testimonial from Summer 2018
I ENJOYED THE COURSE A LOT. CHRISTINA IS JUST AMAZING IN ALL ASPECTS. RESOURCES I FOUND AS MOST USEFUL IN ADDITION TO THE INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDANCE AND FEEDBACK.
I am a passionate elementary teacher for 25 years. I have taught in a variety of classrooms both as a classroom and a special education teacher. I am the Chair of the Peel Dance Teacher's Association. Teaching Dance full time in my school for the past 10 years gives me the opportunity to guide my students to tell their stories through movement. EveryBODY can dance. Dance is a powerful tool for equity, inclusion and activism.
Testimonial from Fall 2020 session
Chelle Martindale is an incredible Instructional Leader who has a genuine and heartfelt passion for Dance. She goes above and beyond, and is committed to helping candidates to develop both personally and professionally. She gives valuable feedback that challenges you to reflect, diversify, include, modify and to make Dance accessible, engaging and meaningful for your students. Meghan
Piyali! Na Nōtoca Ixchel. Hello! My name is Ixchel. I am Nahua/Zapoteca from Tenochtitlán (Mexico City). I have been an elementary school teacher for the past 15 years with TDSB. I have recently completed my secondment with the faculty of education at York University. My experience is in Indigenous Education, Special Education and English as a Second Language. I am currently a second-year Ph.D. student with the Indigenous cohort at York. My lens is through Indigenous ways of knowing and being, social justice, and equity. I am looking forward to learning with and from you all! Tlazocamati! Thank you!
Testimonial from Cécile Robertson- TDSB VP
"I have known Ixchel as a colleague at the TDSB and currently as co-chair for the Faculty of Education Summer Institute. Ixchel is someone who inspires and motivates colleagues and students alike- she is a warm and genuinely caring person who values relationships and relationship building. She is very professional and sets high expectations for herself and those around her. As a colleague, I respect and regard her contributions, insights and strong work ethic."
I have been the principal of the Senior School at The York School, an independent IB school, since 1999.
Testimonial from Summer 2019
David, you were one of the finest. I have learned so much from you!
Instruction and Assessment Facilitator providing Math Coaching for Junior Teachers in SCDSB; Author of The Feedback Friendly Classroom from Pembroke Publishers; Finishing my MA in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning with a focus on Feedback and Assessment.
Testimonial from Professor, OISE/UT
"She was very professional and engaged throughout the course, providing constructive and timely feedback; raising pertinent questions and sharing helpful resources"
I am a French as a Second Language teacher who has worked in all 3 FSL programs in Ontario with students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. I am also a Course Director and Practicum Facilitator with the Faculty of Education at York University.
Testimonial from Summer 2019
«Karen was an incredible instructor during this course! She acted as a facilitator who sparked many meaningful discussions, provided insightful thoughts and links for further reading, and shared her passion for teaching French as a Second Language Merci Karen!»
I am an experienced, passionate and enthusiastic Administrator who is knowledgeable in Curriculum and all areas of the Leadership Framework. I began teaching in 1990 for Toronto Catholic DSB, moved to Dufferin Peel CDSB in 1996 and Halton Catholic DSB in 2001. I continue to love learning and working as a Principal for 18 years in Oakville, Georgetown and Milton.
Testimonial from Summer 2018
Kelly is a true professional who walks the talk. Makes time for her students, teachers and fellow administrators. I enjoyed hearing her scenarios and real life based case studies.
This is me - Diana Maliszewski. (My pronouns are she/her.) I am the teacher-librarian at Agnes Macphail P.S. in Toronto, ON and have been a "TL" for my entire career (which as of 2019 is 22 years and counting). Being a teacher-librarian is the best position in a school, in my (biased) opinion. School librarianship has the potential to be innovative, exciting, and impactful - just don't suggest to me that it's a "refuge from the classroom"! For twelve years, I was the volunteer editor of the official magazine of the Ontario School Library Association. I love to write and I love social media. I combine the two with my weekly blog, http://mondaymollymusings.blogspot.com as well as my frequent Twitter posts as @MzMollyTL. School libraries and student voice are two of my many passions, so much so that I earned my Masters of Education via the Teacher-Librarianship via Distance Learning program through the University of Alberta. Other passions include but are not limited to: gaming in education, graphic novels, media literacy, popular culture, professional learning communities and children’s literature.
Testimonial from Participant, York University Librarianship AQ, Summer 2018
"... It was obvious that Diana's enthusiasm, many years of experience and personal connections in her community, played a major role in how informative, multifaceted and valuable this course was. We all learned a great deal from Diana, the positive learning environment she cultivated and from the dynamic course she created."
Mathematics teaching and learning is exciting and challenging! For over 20 years I have been dedicated to leading change and building leadership capacity in K-12 mathematics education as a Math Coach, Instructional Leader, Curriculum Leader, and Classroom Teacher for the Toronto District School Board. I have supported math lead teachers and administrators in creating learning environments that nurture each and every learner to see themselves as a thinker, problem solver, innovator, and sense-maker. I am passionate about teaching math meaningfully through social justice, fostering inclusion and student voice, and making student thinking visible. I am also committed to providing professional learning experiences that allow everyone to learn from and with each other. I look forward to being a part of your learning journey.
Testimonial from Pamela Dong, Math Lead, Beverley Heights MS, TDSB
Charlotte’s passion for math and her belief that all students can be strong math learners is contagious! Charlotte shares an incredible depth and breadth of expertise and experience, in teaching and learning math. She is committed to supporting teachers in developing pedagogical knowledge and professional learning - through active learning opportunities that incorporate the effective strategies and resources that teachers can bring back to classrooms . . . We have thrived and gained confidence with Charlotte’s facilitation and support. We are grateful for Charlotte’s positive and encouraging approach, which has helped us to develop rich and engaging math programs for our students to become flexible mathematical thinkers, communicators and sense makers.
I have had extensive experience teaching History and a range of Social Science courses in the former Toronto Board of Education. For the past twenty years, I delivered professional learning as an Instructional Leader and Coordinator with the TDSB. I have been a co-author of Grade 7, 8 and 10 History text books as well as a Civics and Economics text book. I also have considerable experience delivering professional learning in the areas of curriculum development and assessment.
Testimonial from Summer 2017
Hello Rob I just wanted to say that I am extremely grateful to you. Your constructive feedback, helped me gain a good understanding of the course material, but more importantly, it helped me become more confident. A few weeks ago I had an interview and I walked in knowing what to expect. This is only because I took the two History courses that you led. Yesterday I got my answer, and I'm very happy to say that after years of trying, I finally managed to get on the supply list. I truly enjoyed my learning experience and I hope I will have the opportunity to learn with you again.
A skilled and passionate movement expert, my mission is to get people of all ages and abilities moving in their OWN way. I give my audiences a transformative and unforgettable experience whether it be in my vibrant large crowd activations, group workshops and classes or now virtual movement experiences!. I am recent TEDx presenter, and have been sharing movement across a broad range of industries, travelling internationally with my message. I am a published author, and hold a B.A and B.Ed and I am also on faculty at Ontario Tech University in the teacher education program. I was a professional dancer and teacher for over 20 years, and truly believe that everyone deserves the chance to dance. When you move with me “You Can’t Get It Wrong!”
Testimonial from Coming soon...
I have been an educator for 20 years as a Teacher, Administrator and currently the Indigenous Education, Outdoor Education and ESL Officer with the Durham District School Board. I thoroughly enjoy the learning and relationship building each role has afforded me. As an educator, I am committed to supporting marginalized students and families and bringing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action to life in schools. I have 2 teenage age sons and I work hard to maintain a positive work/life balance by connecting with family, staying active and spending time outdoors. I am committed to engaging in continuous life long learning alongside other educators.
Testimonial from Mohamed Hamid, Superintendent of Education
Erin is a focused, caring, and supportive leader who is a strong advocate for students. She has an open and welcoming presence with parents and staff. Erin remains student-oriented and works with staff to consider numerous and varied opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning.
Hello there! My name is Marcell Wolf and I am currently working as a system administrator with the Simcoe County District School Board in the secondary panel. As a High School Vice-Principal, I am responsible for Student Success and I work very closely with the Guidance and Special Education Teams. I have been working in the public system for 20 years. I spent my first five years in the elementary panel as a Core Grade 8 Home Room Teacher and a SERT attached to students IPRC identified with multiple and behavioural exceptionalities. I love working with education workers that support at-risk students with learning barriers. When I worked as a classroom teacher, I looked for opportunities to engage students in differentiated, project based and hands on learning opportunities. I am a relational administrator and educator and whenever possible enjoy infusing humor and building positive influential relationships with students, parents and colleagues. I have worked at Central North Correctional Centre teaching creative writing and publishing poetry and prose. In addition to this, I have worked for the Toronto District School Board, York Region District School Board and now Simcoe County District School Board. I look forward to working with you and I particularly enjoy working with teachers interested in Student Services. I am a York University Graduate and have volunteered in the Pre-Service Education Program and hosted several teacher candidates in Concurrent and Consecutive Education Program at York University and Nipissing University. I have three Degrees from York and one from Nipissing University. Look forward to connecting with you!
Testimonial from Secondary School Teacher, "Marcell is an inclusive and equity education leader."
Marcell has been known to provoke lively debates, speak from passion and laugh gregariously with students. He believes in fostering strong relationships with all of his students, whether they are new to education, or have years of service experience.
As a K-12 educator in Ontario for over twenty years, I am passionate about learning - reading and writing my world through curiosity, complexity and beauty. Following a Ministry secondment in Student Work Study, and Literacy Resource for the TCDSB, I presently work as Programming and Assessment Teacher/SEA Lead in the Department of Special Services. As I pursue a PhD in Educational Studies, I continue to navigate professional learning communities in ways that both celebrate and intentionally disrupt 'how we do school'. My hope is to help build equitable, accessible, inclusive learning spaces for all.
Testimonial from Fall 2018 - Teacher (TCDSB)
"You've helped me think differently about how to teach reading...how to teach literacy skills in all subjects."
I have been working with students with Intellectual Disabilities for as long as I can remember. I became an Educational Assistant working with the TDSB in 1998. In 2013, I became a Teacher within the same Board. I am passionate to educate others about this population. To show others that people with Intellectual Disabilities can learn what they need to help them become successful in their daily lives. I have always worked in this field and enjoy going to work daily.
Testimonial from Principal
"Diane works in the Developmental Disability classroom at Poplar Road where she serves students with the highest tier of need in our Board. Her love for her students, and her determination to provide access to education, however challenging is truly inspirational" Nicole Miller, Principal at Poplar Road Jr. P.S.
I have diverse educational qualifications, experience as a teacher of elementary aged students, and demonstrated leadership in both public and independent schools. I strongly believe in shared leadership, and succession planning. I have a breadth of leadership experiences; expertise in curriculum development and mapping; and an understanding of child development specific to the elementary level. Formally holding the posts of Education Officer for the province’s Education Quality & Accountability Office (EQAO), Director of Curriculum, Vice Principal, Junior School Principal at The York School, and currently Head of Junior School Trinity College School, I have also served as junior level math trainer for the TDSB and an independent consultant for various organizations including EQAO, the University of Toronto and York University. Personally, I strongly believe in work-life balance and incorporate yoga teaching, practice and mindfulness in my daily life.
Testimonial from Summer 2018 session
Jen Wyatt modelled best practice in adult education and in creating a positive culture of deep rich thinking about complex issues that are foremost in our schools. She was the perfect instructor for our group. She listened and guided us through the modules in a professional manner that was also kind, caring and fun. This kept the group engaged and allowed us to be at our best.
I have held various roles in the 15 years I have worked for the York Region District School Board. I have been a Classroom Teacher, Division and Technology Lead Teacher as well as an Intermediate Focused Consultant and worked in different parts of our large board. Recently, I have undertaken a particular interest in Modern Learning and specifically the revitalization of the Library Learning Commons. Our student population is changing along with the future needs of our society. Teachers need to be at the forefront of this change and guide the way to ensure relevant learning. In working with adolescents, the benefits of adopting a modern learning approach are no better seen. Students at this age are enthusiastic and want to delve into inquiry based projects, use their technological skills to research and share their findings, and create new pieces that show their understanding. They enjoy the collaborative aspect of modern learning and seek to understand themselves as they listen to the ideas of those around them. It is an exciting time to be an educator and with a shift to modern learning, learning and understanding can be fun again.
Testimonial from This is a quote is from a speech given by a colleague who nominated me for The North Star Award.
"Most notably, in all that she does, and with everyone she helps, Jennifer does so in a humble and selfless manner. She does not look for recognition or praise from others for all the extra work that she does. Jennifer helps others because she has a big heart and passion for her profession. I only hope that one day I can become half as good a teacher and colleague as Jennifer Pescador. She inspires me to do my best everyday, in every way. "
Through my 31 years working in education I have had the privilege of serving in many different roles. I have taught almost all grades Kindergarten through Grade 8; worked as a Special Education Consultant, a Mathematics Instructional Leader and enjoyed 2 years seconded to Nelson Publishing where I co-authored Nelson Mathematics and the ONAP resources. Currently I am a Principal in the Toronto District School Board. My passionate belief that all children can learn and succeed in Mathematics has been with me throughout my career. Despite my work on many resources for teachers including the Guides For Effective Instruction, I firmly believe that there is no resource more powerful than a teacher committed to ongoing professional learning and open to using a variety of strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Testimonial from Gerald Dupelle - Matheamtics Part 3 Specialist, Summer 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Joanne was excellent about giving us useful feedback and guiding us along the way. I learned a lot from her as well as many of the other people taking the course. It had great content and I learned a lot.
I am a teacher with the Durham District School Board. My experience ranges across primary to early junior classrooms and includes time spent in the Special Education Resource Teacher role as well as two years as a literacy/numeracy coach at high priority schools. My passion is teaching primary aged students as early intervention is the key to success and I love seeing the growth my students make each year.
Testimonial from Erin Elmhurst Education Officer Indigenous Education, Outdoor Education & ESL DDSB
“Jennifer is an experienced and passionate educator who places the needs and strengths of her students first and programs for optimal student well-being and success.”
My professional experience includes teaching all grades from Kindergarten to Grade 10 in different capacities and roles. Teaching assignments completed with the York Catholic District School Board include regular classroom elementary, special education, English As A Second Language, and International Languages. Teaching assignments for York University include teaching Special Education Parts 1, 2 and Specialist courses. I hold an M.Ed. degree in Mathematics Education and an Ed.D. degree in Leadership for Teaching and Learning in Mathematics Education for Exceptional Students. My belief is to instill knowledge and skills in teachers so that they can, in turn, apply this learned content to their own practices to allow every single student, regardless of their profiles and abilities to reach their maximum potential in learning in all subject areas, and especially in main subject areas such as Mathematics and Language .
Testimonial from Spcial Education Part 2 - Summer, 2017
According to candidates enrolled in my courses, the course delivery format is engaging, flexible and formative. Adults are actively engaged through dialogue, discussions, debates, presentations, role playing - from topics and readings taken from Moodle and from other relevant academic literature.
I am a Secondary Principal in the Peel District School Board where I have been an Administrator for the last 10 years. I have a passion for issues related to equity and inclusion and a long-standing interest in assessment and evaluation. I believe deeply that we have to model what we want to see in others and that we have as much to learn from our students as they do from us.
Testimonial from Spring 2018 PQP Candidates
"Innovative content, interactive presentation, and non-judgmental. Great resources" "Continue making it a safe environment --> it helps all to have a learning stance."
My name is Gail Bedeau. Currently I am in the role of K-12 Learning Coach within the Toronto District School Board(TDSB). I believe teaching is a reciprocal process that not only educates our society, but also reinforces our social commitment and accountability to others. It is the responsibility of individuals to contribute positively to communities to nurture and sustain them. As a coach, I strive to support, collaborate, and build capacity with educators through effective pedagogical practices within an Anti- Oppressive framework. Prior to my role of coach, I have taught Full Day Kindergarten for several years through a Culturally Relevant and Responsive lens in an Inquiry play based context. My teaching degree, focused on Urban Diversity Education, has enabled me to build capacity and a strong pedagogical foundation grounded in equitable teaching practices.
Testimonial from TDSB, Central Coordinator Parent Community and Community Involvement
A quote that resonates with me is "When we say we don’t serve families, we only serve students, suggests that students come from nowhere/nothing”.
Learning to lead is at the heart of my daily practice. As an administrator for the past 10 years, I lead improvement, innovation and change in K-8 schools within the York Catholic District School Board. I strive to promote equity and excellence while creating and sustaining professional learning opportunities where quality teaching and learning thrive. Collaborating to find a little humour in every teachable moment is a priority that drives my work.
Testimonial from Mary Battista, Superintendent of Education, Curriculum and Assessment, YCDSB
Linda engages adult learners by understanding their knowledge base, keeping the content relevant and encouraging them to explore by asking questions, collaborating and finding solutions on their own. She is an active listener and provides a safe and welcoming environment where each participant is not afraid to take risks. Linda offers immediate feedback and positive reinforcement. She will make subject matter interesting by using a variety of tools and strategies to engage all learners.
This September will be my 17th school year in Guidance and Career Education. I have been a Department Head for 15 of those years. For more than 10 years I have been able to share my love of all things Guidance with York candidates in face to face courses as well as faciliating online. Beyond my guidance role I coordinate my school's leadership program and teach a credit bearing leadership course. The values of leadership that I teach in my course are reflective of my teaching in my guidance role. I truly believe that Guidance education is about giving people the tools and motivation to research, understand, and make choices that will move them forward in their personal , professional and academic lives.
Testimonial from Spring 2017 session
"Shannon's online presence was always positive and encouraging while at the same time she asked questions and challenged us to think critically about the topics and issues in guidance. "
My interest has always been in teaching ESL and literacy, to students that have newly arrived from another country. These students have always impressed me and I have learned a great deal from them. Today, as an educator and lifelong learner, I always explore all my options and resources to best reach these children who today struggle with a new language and a new culture as well as new literacy initiatives, to assist all learners. I have been involved in many different capacities within the education system. I have taught in the primary, junior and intermediate divisions. I have worked in the university capacity for various faculties focusing on the ESL instruction and literacy. Literacy and ESL are truly my passion and I have worked through, designed courses to fit a conceptual model that advocates for all learners and promote various scaffolding skills for the 21 century learner! Meeting the needs of students through the multimodality within the dual language context, promoting students 'cultural identity to ensure successful results within the means of meeting the curriculum expectations through digital literacy is a primary focus of mine.
Testimonial from Summer 2018
Instructor was excellent and responded with feedback in a timely manner. The instructor was extremely flexible and understanding, he made the online learning space more engaging by giving the students the power to interact with one another freely.
Selected as Canada's Outstanding Principal in 2016 for her on-going commitment to creative positive change, strong interpersonal skills, reflective inquiry, superior project management, community building and development of trusting relationships and focused improvement. Rocchina is driven to provide opportunities for all staff and students to succeed in a school environment that is respectful, welcoming and inclusive.
Testimonial from Fall 2018 Jennifer Sarna, Superintendent of Secondary Schools York Catholic District School Board
"Rocchina excels at establishing a welcoming, accepting learning environment that provides ample opportunity for risk-taking among her students. Her continual encouragement and support, combined with her willingness to lead by example, allows the adult learner the confidence to explore new strategies. Her students benefit from exposure to a diverse range of new approaches to leading and learning which serves to propel them out of their comfort zone and opens up their potential for future growth and challenges."
Peter is recently retired (June 2018) from his position as Head of Technology, Computers Science and Business at St. Roch Catholic Secondary School, which is a the newest regional school of the arts in the Dufferin-Peel CDSB. In addition he was also the district chair for Communications Technology for 12 years where he led system-wide initiatives supporting all 26 secondary schools. He has had a diverse career spanning over 32 years and has been the past ICT Coordinator for the district, eLearning Coordinator for the Faculty of Education at York University and has been a curriculum writer for the Ministry as well as a member of Faculty Assessment branch of the Ontario College of Teachers. Teacher professional development has also been one of his focuses as he has instructed Integration Of Information And Computer Technology In Instruction Parts 1, 2 and Specialist, Computer Science Parts 1, 2 and Specialist, and Communications Technology Basic and Advanced additional qualification courses. He was also the lead writer for the aforementioned additional qualification course guidelines for the Ontario College of Teachers as well as the lead writer for all the emphasis courses for Communications Technology. In addition he has also taught numerous Apple Professional Development courses. However, his passion has always been in the classroom and specifically in the areas of photography, graphic design, broadcast video, film and media development. In his spare time Peter is an avid windsurfer, sailor, skier and martial artist. He is also a loving husband and proud father of twin boys. He has been an Apple Distinguished Educator since 2010 and is actively presenting, running workshops, teaching on-line and traveling.
Testimonial from Principal - Dufferin-Peel CDSB
Peter is a creative and innovative thinker who is an inspiration to his students, and fellow colleagues.
After almost 20 years in education and through various roles such as elementary classroom teacher, Numeracy Coach, and Math AQ instructor, I have witnessed the diversity and challenges of practice that educators face in their roles today. Over the years, I have worked to implement MOE priorities in curriculum and assessment to build teacher capacity and meet the needs of our students. It is my goal to support teachers in providing students with meaningful experiences that will increase engagement and motivation, while promoting a positive and inclusive learning environment that welcomes exploration and risk-taking.
Testimonial from Winter 2018
"I was very anxious about taking the course in the beginning, however the content covered and the patience of my instructors changed my mindset. I found several opportunities to implement my learnings into my current classroom." "The instructors were absolutely amazing and I would love to take another AQ with them. Part 2 here we come. They did a great job of taking away my math anxiety. I feel so much more confident when teaching math now."
Hello! I am currently an instructor for the course: Religious Education: Teaching in Catholic Schools at YorkU. I am also a science teacher with the York Catholic District School Board. I earned both my B.Sc (Hons.) and B.Ed at York University in the concurrent program and pursued my Master's of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. I am passionate about community building, equity in schools, learning about new technologies in education, and holistic education. "In a world where you can be anything, be kind".
Testimonial from Spring 2020 Session
"Elisa was absolutely wonderful! She gave thoughtful feedback to each and every one of my submissions. I really appreciated this. The course material was very relevant and meaningful. It really opened my eyes to Catholic Education and I am forever grateful for that. Thank you." "I like how the instructor was friendly, timely, and showed care and interest with her feedback. Assignments allowed for flexibility and choice which made for a very engaging experience."
Hello! I am a teacher and the Assistant Curriculum Leader of Special Education at a high school in the Toronto District School Board. I've taught in Nunavut and in neighbourhoods and intensive support programs across Toronto. I've been fortunate enough to develop relationships with autistic and developmentally disabled students, those with mental health concerns, learning disabilities, brain injuries, neurotypical students in mainstream and alternative schools, as well as youth in open custody and detention. My dedication to supporting young people has led me to volunteer for organizations like Pathways to Education, Holland Bloorview Kids’ Rehabilitation Hospital, and as a respite worker for two children with complex disabilities.
Testimonial from Vice-Principal
"(Chris) very effectively learns with and from colleagues and others in the community of learners. He pursues and effectively shares knowledge about current thinking, trends, and practices in education with colleagues."
I LOVE teaching and learning! Facilitating online Teacher Librarian courses for York has been one of the best experiences I've had; I get to share my passion while teaching and learning from other teachers, as they do the same during the courses! I've been an Instructional Leader for York University for more than 10 years now. I earned my Masters of Education (2007) by completing all courses online before setting foot on campus for the first time on my graduation day.
Testimonial from Fall 2017 , Part II
This was a great course that provided lots of learning and inquiry into the Library Learning Commons. I found the course engaging. The course blocks were spaced out well and I appreciated that I could work on the blocks in various order. The ILP was a great way to reinforce and develop how I collaborate with teachers. I also liked that we focused on current ideas and innovative practices. Thank you, Sue, for a great course!
Mirella Rossi, Principal, educator for over 25 years, and creator of the Student Led Learning Walk (SLLW) was awarded Canada’s Outstanding Principals in 2014 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in the Department of Leadership. Mirella is committed to creating authentic systemic educational experiences that advance diversity, equity, student voice, achievement and well-being. Mirella is dedicated to advancing education by combining peaceful and purposeful strategies to visible and engaging learning communities where student voices teem with excitement and passion for learning, innovation and creativity. More recently Mirella led a team of Ontario teachers in Asia successfully sharing her SLLW practice with students, educators and families in Taiwan. Mirella’s works have been published in the Education Canada journal https://www.edcan.ca/articles/the-student-led-learning-walk/ , the Leading Student Achievement (LSA) Network for Learning with Dr. Ken Leithwood https://www.curriculum.org/LSA/files/LSA-More-Real-Stories.pdf , TVO's Teach Ontario https://www.teachontario.ca/community/explore/teachontario-talks/blog/2015/06/01/the-student-led-learning-walk-making-learning-visible-beyond-the-classroom and, Dr. Lyn Sharratt’s new book, Leading Collaborative Learning, Empowering Excellence.
Testimonial from PQP Candidates
1. “Real examples and stories shared by the instructor - that were honest, genuine and relevant. Opportunity for inquiry learning and classmates to construct learning together. Presentations on key topics were extremely comprehensive and provided excellent resources.” 2. “It was a wonderful professional learning experience. Mirella Rossi was inspiring in her coaching and directing. Again, I will state that the guest speakers were phenomenal and the simulation process was a fantastic "authentic" opportunity. My colleagues in the course each brought areas of expertise and everyone worked VERY VERY hard. I've gained so very much from the experience. Thank you!” 3. “Loved the balance of guest speakers, peer presentations and practical experiences. The instructor was inspiring!!!!” 4. “Instructor Mirella Rossi truly cares and was an accessible mentor. She was honest, reflective and challenged our thinking and statements. She always helped to frame the concepts into actionable steps.” 5. “There were multiple opportunities for professional dialogue and to learn from the expertise of the group through collaborative projects and presentations.”
I started out my teaching career with a focus on Special Education with Primary students. I have always had a passion for Kindergarten and when I was given the opportunity, I jumped at the chance. I am currently in my 8th year of teaching Kindergarten. I have taught both the old and new program and have enjoyed growing and learning alongside the changes. I believe in play-based inquiry learning, outdoor education and creating an inclusive space for all types and levels of learners. My program and space is always growing and changing. "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. " -Plato
Testimonial from 2017 TPA - Principal
"Sheri’s program fully embraces the essence and intention of the FDK program. Students create their learning through carefully planned tasks and activities that are based on student interest and a culture of inquiry. Sheri’s classroom is a hive of activity through which students view themselves as capable and competent directors of their own learning as well as members of a collaborative and cohesive whole group on the same journey. The classroom environment provides a strong learning foundation that will support students growth and development in their early years, and as life-long skills. Sheri is a reflective practitioner, expertly leading the team in her classroom by collaborating on all aspects of the individual and group needs of her students, continually refining and rethinking programming based on formative assessments. She is adept at navigating the relationships with her team based on mutual respect, and shared responsibility. Sheri’s leadership extends beyond the classroom to our entire school in her role as the school’s literacy coach, through which she lends her expert pedagogical and programming expertise to all staff."
I began my career in education as a Special Education teacher in the Peel District School Board in 1995 and I have also had the opportunity to support a family of schools as a Special Education Resource Teacher. I was a Vice Principal for 3 years and have been in my role as Principal since 2006. I have taught with York University since 2003 -- Special Education Parts 1, 2, and 3 and PQP Part 1. It is a great pleasure to support aspiring school leaders through the York University PQP program.
Testimonial from Fall 2017 Session
Our instructor, Kristin, was wonderful. She was extremely knowledgeable, personable and helpful. Our group collaborated well and had a strong sense of community - which I attribute to Kristin. I really enjoyed this course and learned many new things. The "in the VP's chair" day was also very helpful. Overall, an excellent experience and I would highly recommend the York PQP course to any of my colleagues.
Newly retired from 32 years as an educator with the York Catholic DSB, one can only reflect on the privilege of having taught as both teacher and Consultant of FSL Programs from grades 1 through 12. Over the years the curriculum evolved and so did my teaching practices....transitioning from the Grammar-based to the current Action-Oriented Approach. What an exciting time to be a teacher of the French language. No longer the 'sage on the stage' but rather the facilitator collaborating with the student on how best to move forward with their learning. Teaching is a partnership. Let’s commit to collaborating and learning from each other with confidence.
Testimonial from Allison Karahalios, Moderns Department Head St. Maximilian Kolbe, YCDSB
Having you as my first mentor at YCDSB, sharing the same passion for teaching and the love of the French culture, made my first year of teaching memorable. No matter what your role (Teacher, Department Head or Consultant), you tirelessly serve others and build relationships and communities. Thank you for always having time to listen, encourage and value my own ideas and expertise.
Hi, my name is Justin and I have been teaching high school science since 2001. My joy for teaching however, started from an early age when I would often help my peers work through some algebra or science experiments. I have been delivering and developing courses for York since 2009. When working on an online course, I often enjoy sharing my practical hands on experiences in a classroom with my colleagues. Teaching science and physics is very rewarding and can be challenging as well. Developing ideas and teaching strategies to help reach all of our students is something I like to work on throughout an online course.
Testimonial from Spring 2018 session, Intermediate Science
1) The instructor was extremely responsive, always replying within 24 hours and he was supportive of issues that came up while completing the course. I appreciated his flexibility, which helped me to finish the course. 2) The course structure is logical and predictable, making it easier to gauge how much time would be required for each component. 3) I valued the resources that were shared, by the instructor, by other students in the course, and by me having to locate resources as part of an activity. These are valuable course 'take-aways'.
My name is Adam Cox and I will be your instructor for this AQ. I have developed and taught Personalized Alternative Education programs and experiential learning programs in various schools in England and in the York Region District School Board for over 2 decades. I strongly believe that Experiential Learning Experiences are a great way to fully engage students, close achievement gaps, foster student achievement, and ultimately develop the “holistic” student to prepare them for “real-life”.
Testimonial from Part 1 Teacher Candidate
"It was an overall great experience. Adam was a delight as an instructional leader. He was enthusiastic, present and encouraging and offered his expertise and feedback in a positive manner. I am walking away with confidence in the the subject area of coop and have transferable skills that will support me in whichever subjects I teach. I can honestly say he's been the most enjoyable prof I've had. Kudos, Adam!! Thank you for your kindness, and for your love of the subject. "
- Elementary Principal with Upper Canada District School Board -14 years as a Principal - Special Education Advocate - Love my job!
Testimonial from n/a
I am currently an ASD Community Class teacher in the York Region District School Board. I have taught a variety of grades ranging from kindergarten to Grade Five but have found my passion in Special Education. I am a strong believer in equity for all students and feel that inclusion for our most vulnerable learners is fundamental in their school careers but without the proper support it is not authentic for their learning.
Testimonial from Teacher Librarian
I have worked with Lenna for a number of years and she is a very knowledgeable about Special Education. She has always been kind and understanding with not only her students but also her colleagues.
I am a passionate FSL educator and curriculum consultant with experience supporting French Immersion and Core French programming in both panels (1-12). I am an advocate for inquiry-based learning and authentic student-centered design. French language learning should be exciting, engaging, relevant, meaningful and, most importantly, responsive to our students. I look forward to learning with and from educators who join us in exploring how to create rich and supportive French learning for all.
Testimonial from Lise Belzile, FSL Curriculum Consultant - YRDSB; FSL AQ Instructor
I have the privilege of working with Jennifer on many FSL initiatives. Her interest in deepening her understanding of culturally responsive & relevant pedagogy underlines everything she does. She is passionate about empowering educators in creating learning that is relevant to the social identities and lived experiences of students. She is very friendly and approachable and forms strong professional relationships. I am fortunate to work with such a knowlegeable and passionate FSL educator!
I am Métis from Ontario and French, I use he/him pronouns. I am currently an Instructional Leader of Indigenous Education at Urban Indigenous Education Centre TDSB. Previous to that I was a K-12 Learning Coach (TDSB) and supported schools developing and working towards student achievement, well-being and equity goals. And previous to that I was seconded to York University's Faculty of Eduction and facilitated courses and practicums for junior to senior teacher candidates, many in the arts. I am a visual artists and draw in my free time. Indigenous Education, Equity and Anti-Oppression are the foundations of my learning, teaching and leadership. I love birdies and flowers!!!
Testimonial from TDSB Principal in school I supported as a K-12 Learning Coach
Robert's patience and commitment to student and teacher learning is inspirational.
I am passionate about learning – alongside students, teachers and administrators! I have been a classroom teacher in a variety of elementary grades, in both urban and rural settings. I have worked on projects at the provincial level, board level and classroom level. I have been both a literacy consultant and a numeracy consultant. In addition, I have been an intervention teacher for both reading and in mathematics. I have grown professionally from all of these opportunities and look forward to continuing to learn with candidates at York.
Testimonial from Andrea Hunt-Schmoll, Elementary School Principal
Laurie is a dedicated educational professional with years of experience in leading learning and professional development system wide. As a knowledgeable math expert, Laurie’s support in school wide math initiatives was invaluable to our schools and to myself as a school principal. Her gentle guidance, collaborative nature, and ability to know ‘just when to push forward‘ with staff and students alike was greatly appreciated as we we worked to meet our goal of improving math instruction.
Hello - my name is Daniel Williams and I have been teaching/counselling for thirty-seven years, twenty-one years in Guidance - the last fifteen years as the Chair of Guidance. I have had a long connection with professional development, teaching Guidance, Intermediate Social Sciences and English. I have been the Instructor for Guidance Part I, II and Specialist as on-site courses, as well as on-line for York over the last twenty-four years. I am a father of four, and the grandfather of six.
Testimonial from Recent Candidates - Guidance AQ
You are awesome. Thanks for being so professional, supportive and resourceful but also being a human! It's nice not to feel so much pressure while learning. / / Thank you for your consistent support, encouragement, and feedback throughout the course. This was one of my most enjoyable AQ experiences, largely due to your guidance and flexible and understanding approach. You provided valuable insight and always shared your experienced perspective while allowing us to feel comfortable.
Matthew Oldridge is a father, mathematics educator, and thinker about things. He has given two TEDx talks on mathematics education, and his first book, "Teaching Mathematics Through Problem-Solving in K-12 Classrooms" came out in Fall 2018.
Testimonial from Brian Aspinall, OCT, M. Ed, York Instructor
"Oldridge does a fantastic job of challenging our thinking in regard to math education!"
As a teacher and P.O.R , I have always been interested in that push and pull between what we’ve learned about policy, methodology and research and the day-to-day demands of our lives as teachers. As a high school teacher with 26 years of experience, I have been fortunate enough to teach English and ESL at all grades and levels. This experience has provided me insight into the daily demands and frustrations of working in the school system. In addition to serving as an ESL Curriculum Leader at a large Toronto high school and an associate teacher to almost 20 candidate teachers over my career, I hold a M.Ed. in Curriculum design from OISE and a B.Ed. in TESL from Concordia University. Over the years I have learned an appreciation and understanding of teaching methods rooted in research. I also appreciate the need to push through those feelings of being overwhelmed by all we think we don’t know to find those truths that work for us. As a teacher-mentor I believe in purposeful inquiry. Together, I want us to face the obstacles we all share and focus on key insights about learners and language acquisition so we can best serve our students. David Choules
Testimonial from Peter Vlahos, Teacher (Peter.Vlahos@tdsb.on.ca)
David approaches student learning through building an inclusive environment that encourages student participation and interaction. His warm manner and enthusiasm for learning is infectious and motivating. After decades as an instructor he openly and conscientiously shares his wisdom and experience in a gentle , kind and informative way.
I am a teacher practitioner who stays very current in putting research into practice. Having taught jk-post secondary students I have been focussed on student engagement and having students interact with the knowledge they are to understand and apply. I hope I pass my love of teaching and learning on to the teachers I work and learn with. To me education lets us be free to be the wonderful people we are.
Testimonial from Effective Teaching course
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening up a new world of possibilities that will make me a more effective and better teacher.
As a TDSB Principal, Joe Romano approaches experiences in Education through a leadership lens, focused on our collaborative efforts aimed at improving student achievement, equity and well-being. As a TDSB Digital Lead Administrator (DLA), Joe's instructional interests focus on Educational Technology (EdTech), the STEM Approach and the intentional use of technology/ICT tools to support Students and Teachers. In collaboration with TDSB and MaRS Discovery District colleagues, Joe co-facilitated Toronto's first educational app development Hackathon titled "#EdAppHack", which united Students, Teachers, industry professionals and the greater community in the development of a fully-functional and marketable educational apps. With a diverse academic background, Joe's Master of Education research focused on exploring online spaces of teaching and learning, delving into the intersection of the physical and virtual worlds, leading to a thesis/MRP titled "Virtual World Pedagogy (VWP): Digital Teaching & Learning In Classpace". As an Instructional Leader, Joe has worked in mentorship and formal Instructional Coaching roles within the TDSB, supporting Teachers in developing their practice and pedagogies throughout the Primary, Junior and Intermediate Divisions. To learn more about and to engage with Joe, connect with him on Twitter @JoeRomano.
Testimonial from Winter 2016
Joe engaged candidates within the course to push their learning and strive for innovation. He always ensured that information and expectations were clear and contextual, and often would extend our learning by offering valuable resources and feedback.
I am a 4-12 certified teaching, having taught multiple grades, across Canada in the UK, the last few years I have worked in Student Support Centers and am currently working as a Special Assignment Teacher in Student Services providing special education student support across the board.
Testimonial from Administrator
Greg’s professional and conscientious attitude permeates all that he does. Greg proved that not only can he work well independently but he is an excellent team member as well. His friendly disposition, professional approach, organizational skills and more importantly his compassion make him an excellent educator in a classroom.
I am currently one of the Instruction Leaders of Indigenous Education at the Urban Indigenous Education Centre, Toronto District School Board. I am a Settler and I try to work in responsible relationship with Indigenous Community. Previously, I worked at West End Alternative School. I taught two integrated, multi-credit programs. In one, ReelLit, students collaborated with community to create and share videos. In the other, The West Enders, students produced a national distributed magazine.
Testimonial from Teachers from a Professional Learning Session
“You’re an inspiration. I very much appreciate your thoughtfulness and humility.” “I really appreciated Lee’s facilitation, stories, leadership, and knowledge-sharing.” “You’re such an excellent facilitator.”
Jonathon Butler is a passionate teacher always looking to engage students and teachers of all levels. His areas of focus include literacy, assessment, e-Learning, Inquiry, STEAM and highlighting Global Competencies so that they are tangible and real for all students. He is a Literacy Resource teacher, supporting teachers in TCDSB.
Testimonial from Summer 2018
Jonathon was very approachable, kind and encouraging. Jonathon cares for the success of all his students and goes above and beyond as an instructor to ensure students meet deadlines and can reach course goals.
I am a Special Education teacher and assistant department head in the York Region DSB. I have taught in mainstream and Community Classes (supporting diverse learners with a range of abilities) for the past seven years. As an educator of students with exceptional needs and abilities, my role is to support, empower and equip. I thrive on collaboration and designing programs for students with a focus on independence, encouraging them to see themselves as active participants in their community.
Testimonial from Vice Principal, YRDSB high school
"Mr. Loreto-Lee is a SERT, Community Class teacher and he supports colleagues with technology and programming. He understands the In-School Team and IPRC processes, IEP writing requirements, and, knows and effectively implements differentiated instructional strategies for identified and non-identified students. He works collaboratively with school staff, community partners, and families. He works diligently to discover and access appropriate resources for students, families and educators."
Daniele Vigliatore is a Health & Physical Education teacher with 18 years of experience. He is also a H.P.E Consultant with OPHEA Canada, a CIRA Ontario Executive and a PHE Canada Mentor. Daniele graduated from York University with a Specialized Honours Degree in Kinesiology and Health science. He is a believer of student-centered learning where inquiry and discovery spark the imaginations of young students. Daniele empowers educators & students to set goals and achieve more in Health & PE.
Testimonial from Summer 2020 session
I want to say that the Instructional leader was amazing! He was motivating, inspirational and a fantastic role model for any HPE teacher or specialist! Daniele's knowledge & experience in the field of Physical Education definitely inspired me to continue learning and finish my specialist in H&PE.
I am a fourth year student at the University of Toronto working towards a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree, with a particular focus in Physical Education. With an intention to attend teacher’s college post graduation, I have gained valuable experience through my volunteer work in elementary, and high school classes. I am passionate about working with youth, sharing physical education knowledge, and continuing to advance my professional journey as a teacher.
Testimonial from Physical Education Department Head
"A hard working student and passionate, aspiring teacher."
My name is Lee and I am as passionate about teaching and learning as I was on my first day more than 25 years ago. I have been teaching in a variety of roles in schools including literacy coordinator and learning coach for groups of up to 24 schools. I am most proud of being a classroom teacher and the proud father of a wonderful 11 year old boy who excels in school, sports, music , magic and life. I graduated from York and my brother [ Edward Jones-Imhotep] was a professor at York!
Testimonial from Winter 2021 Candidate
Thanks, Lee! You motivated and inspired me to do my best by giving such positive feedback every time. You are an amazing teacher and I would like to thank you for sharing such awesome resources which has helped me to gain immense knowledge…. Please do let me know if you plan to teach any other course as I would love to do it if you are the instructor.”
Currently a teacher with Simcoe County District School Board. Formerly a Physical Education teacher in BC, Florida, and North Carolina. I have been with York since 2011. Husband, father of two, and just an all round 'rad dude.'
Testimonial from Jeff Rosar (Spring 2017)
This guy changed my perspective and approach to teaching entirely. Take this course, it will change you too. (Jeff Rosar)
Julie Lovatsis is an educator, associate teacher, New Teacher Induction Program mentor and instructional leader. Her teaching experience spans over 18 years through a variety of grades within the primary, junior and intermediate divisions in various school settings. She expertly shares her knowledge and expertise in relation to meeting the needs of learners from diverse backgrounds and learning styles to support student achievement. Julie facilitates teacher and student abilities to explore and communicate with the global community by integrating technology within a wide variety of learning activities. She is a presenter of many educational workshops for teachers, parents and students that serve to enhance their learning and add to their knowledge. She mentors teachers and teacher candidates from several Faculty of Education programs to further develop their skills. As an educator she particularly enjoys AQ courses because of the theoretical and practical components, often reflecting on her own teaching practice to make necessary changes for the benefit of all students.
Testimonial from Spring 2018
“I enjoyed this online course in that it provided a significant amount of relevant information, practices and strategies that I will use as a primary teacher. It covered valuable curriculum content and assessment strategies that I had not come across in the past and that I will certainly incorporate in my classroom. I have taken a few online courses before. By far this has been the best one. I am also thankful for the instructor's ongoing feedback and positive remarks.”
Hello, My name is Ian Brandon and I'm currently in the role as an Instructional Profile Leader in the area of Special Education. I have taught in all elementary divisions which include Primary, Junior and Intermediate grades. I also spent a number of years as a Special Education Resource Teacher at a number of schools supporting many learners with special education needs. In my current role I am responsible for providing support to both the elementary and secondary panels in a number of key areas including IEP development, strategies to support all exceptionalities and to develop a general knowledge regarding how can we all best support a student with special education needs. Certainly one of the best strategies for all educators is to be willing to work together as a team member in both the planning and implementing program goals outlined for a student with special education needs. When we are willing to work together we are in a good position to support our students and families.
Testimonial from Summer 2018
Personally, I wanted to thank you once more for a great AQ course, I learned a lot from you. The resources you gave us are very practical and useful and I know I will use them this coming year. - Summer 2018 participant Thanks again for all your patience, generosity in sharing of resources, wealth of knowledge, and sense of humour. - Summer 2018 participant
I am a consultant with a large board in the GTA. My portfolio is K-8 Literacy Instruction & Assessment. Previous to this role, I spent 3 years as a literacy coach, and before that 9 years teaching everything from Kindergarten to grade 8 to FSL! My "why" is helping educators reach their potential so that they can help their students to do the same.
Testimonial from Candidates, Assessment and Evaluation AQ, Fall 2020
"Jennifer's communication was always positive, constructive, and inclusive." "Jennifer provided timely and meaningful feedback on my progress updates and submitted assignments."
Hello/ Aanii/Olá. My name is Jessica Medeiros and I am a Saulteaux/Portuguese educator. I am an Assistant Curriculum Leader in an Indigenous-focused secondary school program in the TDSB. I have worked and researched in Public Education and Post-Secondary settings focusing on support, retention and best practices of urban Indigenous education. I am interested in the layered, individualized, cultural supports and frameworks required for Indigenous and all students to thrive in colonial systems.
Testimonial from Assistant Curriculum Leader
Our program requires a good team teacher and you are that and more. I like making improvements with you to our program so our students have the best chance at success.
Kwe’, Hello, My name is Adrienne Plumley. I am a Mi’kmaw and Métis educator from Tkaronto. Currently I am an Instructional Leader for Indigenous Education with the TDSB’s Urban Indigenous Education Centre. Throughout my career I have developed and facilitated professional learning for school board staff and the broader community. Professional Learning sessions I’ve developed and facilitated include centering Indigenous Education into programming, curriculum and resource development.
Testimonial from Centrally Assigned Vice-Principal and School Principal.
Adrienne's commitment to centering Indigenous Education while supporting student and educator learning is inspiring.
I have been teaching for 20 years and have not stopped learning. Children are incredible, fun to work with and they guide us educators along the way. I have worked as a Math Coach and have trained teachers in Nigeria, China and Mongolia. Making the classroom a special place where people feel safe to take risks, think big and think critically is how I have always worked with students, teachers and teacher candidates. I happily continue to learn from those that I teach with every day.
Testimonial from TDSB teacher
"Working with Leyla helped me make connections in Math to the whole child learner. We had fun and it wasn't intimidating. I never felt judged and learned so much with each coaching session. I use strategies she worked on with me and my students in all subjects. It was really eye opening to myself as a teacher and how I observed my students."
I am a Literacy Resource Teacher for TCDSB and have also taught Vocal Music, ESL, and worked as a Teacher-Librarian. I have a Master’s in Education and Principal’s Qualifications. I am an Information and Computer Technology and Music specialist. My passion for professional learning has led me to present at various workshops, including the Connect Conference in 2019. I am excited about teaching the Integration of Information and Computer Technology Additional Qualification courses at York.
Testimonial from Literacy Resource Teacher
Joana is passionate about professional learning, and works collaboratively to ensure success.
Tina Ginglo is currently an Education Officer on secondment from the Toronto DSB to the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Professionalism, Teaching Policy and Standards Branch where she supports initiatives such as NTIP, Mentoring for All and TLLP. Beyond the classroom, Tina has had many diverse experiences including teaching in both initial teacher education programs and additional qualification courses. Tina strives to make information technology an integral part of her teaching and assessment practices and as a tool for engaging learners. As an Instructional Leader in both staff development and literacy, she has supported many teachers’ professional learning journeys from beginning teacher practice to more experienced teacher research and inquiry. She has shared how she embeds technology in her reading and writing workshop at board and provincial conferences. Prior to joining the Ministry, Tina completed a two year secondment at TVO where she was part of a team that showcased TLLP projects on TeachOntario and designed and developed the digital math resource mPower for K-6 Ontario students and teachers. She is also a #baseballmom, #blueslover, #cookieaficionado. You can follow Tina on Twitter @tginglo
Testimonial from Summer 2018
Tina was phenomenal. She was very approachable. The course work was very well layed out and manageable, having the weekends to "catchup" was helpful. We had many professional, engaging and meaningful professional discourse conversations. There are many strategies and resources to take away in this short amount of time. I can't thank you enough!!!!
I recently retired from the role of coordinator of special education for the Halton Catholic DSB. I spent the past 21 years of my journey in education, in a variety of roles within the special education department. I am a lifelong learner who believes wholeheartedly in finding creative ways to support the whole person that every learner is. I have developed and implemented a plethora of new initiatives and PD to support educators. Come learn and grow with me!
Testimonial from Superintendent of Special Education -October 2019
Perhaps what I admire most about Wendy is her ability to quickly establish trust and lead with the importance of relationships at the forefront. As a result, Wendy leads with both compassion and conviction. She is fierce in her resolve and humble in her approach which results in positive outcomes for students and families, even in the most challenging of situations. I have benefitted from her wisdom and counsel in so many situations, and marvel at her ability to get to the heart of any matter.
I am so excited to be a part of York's Faculty of Education to share my love of learning with candidates! I am a Secondary School teacher of Mathematics and Chemistry in the Halton District School Board. Currently, I am the Acting Department Program Lead of my school's Science Department and an International Baccalaureate teacher at the school. This has increased my passion for working with staff on innovative assessment and program delivery strategies to improve student success!
Testimonial from 2021-Classroom Teacher
"Mark always has our backs and supports us as we determine our philosophy of education in the scope of the science department. His efforts inspire our efforts. His passion for teaching and learning inspires students' passion for school and strengthens their engagement. Definitely something to take pride in!"
24 years - HPE Teacher - PDSB 3 years - Coordinator HPE -K-12 - PDSB I believe in the whole child and the role that being active, nutrition, and safe healthy choices everyday plays in one's overall wellness and mental health.
Testimonial from Unkown - Anonymous Evaluation
"Thank you for showing us that there is so much more to health and physical education (HPE) than rolling out a ball. My experience in HPE both at elementary school and high schools was not good. You have showed us and taught us how easy it is to create a includes physical education experience that promotes, safety, inclusive and authentic experiences for our students. I feel completely comfortable Teaching HPE now and am excited to do so. Thanks so much for your wisdom and passion and passing it on to us. I wish my HPE experience, as a student, was like what you taught us.
Dr. Liam Rodrigues is a founding teacher of East York Alternative; co-writer of the original Ontario College of Teachers’ Guidelines for Alternative Education and has been affiliated with alternative schools for a quarter century. In 2014, he worked with alternative school students, Ontario’s Shaw Festival and ORION research and education network, to develop the first student-sourced curriculum material for the season’s production of Arms and the Man. He is the Secondary Co-chair of Toronto’s Alternative Schools Advisory Committee and Curriculum Leader at SEED, the continent’s oldest public alternative school. Rodrigues has written and presented internationally on Life Writing in Jazz and Education, on literature, cinema and drama. In 2017, he contributed a chapter to Alternative Schooling and Student Engagement: Canadian Stories of Democracy within Bureaucracy.
Testimonial from Summer 2015
"I have never taken an AQ like this before. Liam has changed how I see my work.... This course gave me permission to be better as a teacher and for the students I work and learn with."
My name is Vicki Steele and I am currently working as a K-12 Learning Coach for the Toronto District School Board. An educator of 21 years, I have a range of experiences in different grades, programs, and school boards. I have spent the majority of my teaching career in FSL settings, and have studied in both Canada and France. I've enjoyed presenting workshops at conferences in support of FSL programming, Inquiry Based Learning, and Mentoring. I am passionate about working with teachers and students to bring second language learning to life.
Testimonial from Teacher, TDSB
"Thank-you for an engaging experience. The content was relevant and it was easy to follow along. I enjoyed myself and learned interesting techniques, as well as points of view I hadn't considered."
Kelly Wright is currently a K-12 Instructional Coach with Peel District School Board Curriculum and Instruction Support Services. She has 22 years of teaching experience. She has taught all grades from Kindergarten to Grade 8, both as a classroom teacher and in supporting roles such as ESL, Music, Literacy Coach and Early Literacy Teacher. Kelly has a passion for teaching and learning in the Primary grades and actively takes part in Early Years professional learning sessions as co-learner and facilitator in the study of learning. As educators, it is our responsibility to believe in the abilities of our youngest learners. We must recognize that children are capable, confident learners. They are naturally curious and actively investigate the world around them. They are able to effectively communicate and take an active role in their learning. When educators share these beliefs about young children, they use their observations and understanding of child development and program/curriculum expectations to respond, extend and challenge each learner through play and inquiry.
Testimonial from Winter 2017
The best AQ course I've taken so far! Thanks to the wonderful instructors who did a great job running the course, providing feedback and being very knowledgeable.
It's so exciting to be in environments where we can be learning about learning. Amplify this surrounded by colleagues with a passion, drive and love of music education in schools and you've got a recipe for an AQ that will support your professional learning. Working and learning with the amazing teachers in the Vocal Music AQ at YorkU has elevated my understanding of the role relationships play in learning. Coming to know ourselves as educators, connecting with the community of learners we work with and deepening our knowledge of the music curriculum are skills and mindset that we can explore together. A learner first and teacher second, all are invited into our music community to learn, work and play.
Testimonial from Course Evaluation: Fall 2017 Session, Summer 2018 Session
-"Thank you Jill! The class was very engaging and thought provoking." -"Course was engaging and provided many opportunities to grow as an educator. The instructor set the tone and allowed participants to learn in a caring, inclusive and respectful community." -"enjoyed the final ILP presentations, making it more casual and interactive." "-Learning through experience -Excellent workshops -Critical thinking - lots of wondering"
Graduate from York University's Urban Diversity Initiative, Faculty of Education... Teacher for the Toronto District School Board Pedagogue for TVO Lover of all things related to Art, Literature, Health, People, and Positivity
Testimonial from Summer July, 2018
I really enjoyed the course in terms of learning new techniques, learning from other's experiences, learning information from resources, learning by mistakes/correction method and learning by self directed goals. Excellent way to learn with active participation of instructor. I am so inspired with the course experience that I am planning to sign up for Primary Basic in near future.
I have always loved learning with and from my students while providing engaging hands on learning experiences that reflect their identities and experiences. I have taught in Japan, Egypt and South Korea in various contexts. I've led a local private sponsorship group for 8 years and visited Jordan to meet with refugees as part of Canada's private refugee sponsorship program. These experiences have shaped my perspectives of culture and language and continue to drive my passion for advocating for ELLs to have equal access to learning in Ontario schools. I currently work as an ESL/ELD lead in a medium size school board north of Toronto and have the experience and perspective of supporting ELLs in rural communities with small (but growing) numbers of newcomers. I've had the privilege of working with the Ministry of Education, OTF, ERGO and other ESL/ELD leads across the province to advocate for ELLs. I look forward to continuing to learn from you and your context of teaching and advocating for ELLS and their families.
Testimonial from Winter 2018 - TELL Part I
Christine was amazing as an instructor. She is so incredibly knowledgeable and she really tried to stretch our thinking. I think I am now a better / more aware classroom teacher because what I learned from her applies to so many of my students - not just ELLs. This course was uniquely practical. There was good theoretical learning but we planned lessons, tried them with our students, reflected and revised. I've taken so many courses where I have spent hours putting together amazing unit plans that will never be used. It was holistic in the sense that we learned about everything from policy, curriculum planning, needs of parents, technology etc. The course really helped me build insight and empathy. We really do need to be advocates for ELLs. Nothing that I can think of. Liked that we could work at our own pace.Readings, videos, resources were really good!Thank you for a great learning experience!
I am delighted and excited to be a part of this amazing AQ program. I co-instruct PQP Pt. 1 with an amazing partner and I also teach PQP Pt. 2. I am a educational leader who has held a variety of experiences; teacher , VP, field principal, central principal support and training for a variety of employee relations, labour relations, contract implementation matters and senior manager. I am thoroughly honoured and privileged to be able to share my experiences, knowledge and skills and continue learning as an educational leader in Ontario.
Testimonial from Summer 2019 -PQP candidate
It was extremely useful to have Instructors who currently practice and have a range of experience. The shared approach of Principal and Employee Services Senior role (with the experience of Principal) was excellent and gave us the opportunity to consider actual practice. In conjunction with the above, the combination of professional readings with the practical group work, individual work, and different formats for all learning was wonderful. Thirdly, I felt directly supported and valued as part of the group and that made a big impact on me.
Welcome everyone to my profile. I have been an educator with the Durham District School Board for 32 years. I began my elementary teaching career teaching in Oshawa and taught across all divisions for 18 years before moving into the role of an administrator. Currently I am the Principal of a French Immersion school in Pickering. As a school leader I have not only had the opportunity to lead my staff but have had regional experience leading capacity building workshops for teachers and administrators. I believe adult teaching and learning is key to the improvement of student outcomes. As a learner at the table in my own school, I have come to value the excitement and growth of my staff as we explore best practices.
Testimonial from A. Carty Teacher June 2017
"Thank you for allowing me to learn and grow as a teacher. I will miss you sense of humour and your integrity in always putting the students first. I am so glad I had the opportunity to learn from you."
Unbelievably I have been teaching for over two decades. Fourteen of these years I was humbled to be a Health and Physical Education Curriculum Head. Ten of these years I have learned from tremendous educators as an Instructional Leader in intermediate and senior Phys. Ed. AQ courses, with an innovative, progressive institution - York University. I have a steadfast determination to put students first, which is the pillar of my educational philosophy. I pride myself on continually enhancing my emotional intelligence, and fostering a climate of collaboration and engagement.
Testimonial from Andrew (participant 2018)
Thanks again for everything during the HPE course over the summer. You pushed me out of my comfort zone, in a safe environment. Had an absolute blast and was sorry it was over!!
I am an enthusiastic, seasoned mentor educator who has been involved in professional development for teachers for many years. I was a seconded member of faculty at York in the pre-service program for P/J teacher candidates for three years, have taught several AQ courses and served as a resource teacher with my school board. I provided support to school staffs and facilitated board workshops. Last summer, I was in Guatemala as part of a mission team and had the privilege of providing professional development opportunities for teachers in rural schools. I am an encourager and lifelong learner who is passionate about sharing best practices with other educators to support today’s capable, competent young learners.
Testimonial from Primary ABQSpring 2019 session.
"It was very comprehensive and I enjoyed the layout of the course. Instructors were excellent mentors and were very responsive. Content had a lot of resources to support the course work. Thank you for a well designed and interactive on-line course experience."
Brian Aspinall is an educator, author, three-time TEDx speaker, coder, and consultant. Having worked with ministries, unions, universities, district and school teams, and corporations, he is an internationally recognized thought leader in digital skills education. As a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in coding and computational thinking, Brian empowers educators to achieve more in the classroom using modern teaching tools and technology.
Testimonial from Ontario School Board, 2018
Brian empowers educators to achieve more in the classroom using modern teaching tools and technology.
Joanne Marie Babalis has been a Kindergarten teacher for most of her 14 year career with the public school board. After Teacher’s College, she took over 15 additional qualification courses and specialized in areas such as Special Education and Literacy (Reading, Writing, Oral Communication, etc.). Through these experiences, Joanne became an advocate for ALL children, no matter their special abilities (learning exceptionalities) and worked very hard to ensure that everyone was supported and succeeded. Joanne finished her Master of Education on inquiry-based learning and began to complete her Principal’s Qualifications before having children. She embraces all leadership opportunities and loves to encourage those who are interested in Early Childhood Education! Joanne, now a mother of two small children, aged three and two, also instructs educators at York University the Kindergarten Additional Qualification courses, where she continues to study at the PhD level on the topics of educational photography, family engagement, and designing space that promote multi-age (cross grade) creative learning. She has mentored teachers/RECEs/administrators/students through her consulting/workshops around Canada and her teaching blog http://myclassroomtransformation.blogspot.com/ has inspired over 3 million visitors worldwide. Joanne recently opened The TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre in Spring 2018 and has welcomed children and families from all across Ontario, with over 500 visitors that have enjoyed programming, language lessons, and special events. “Mrs. Babalis” or “Ms. Joanne” as the children like to call her, loves all of her students, especially being creative with them! She sees every day as an opportunity to learn something new, and views children as lead researchers with so much knowledge and potential! Visit her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/joannebabalis/ and Twitter @joannebabalis where she posts on a daily basis and be sure to say hello!
Testimonial from Elisabetta Marsala - FDK teacher YCDSB (2016)
It all began in August 2016, when I was thinking about which AQ course to take. I have been following Joanne Babalis’ blog for a few years now and was always inspired by her teaching style, inquires and documentation. I was aware that Joanne taught the Kindergarten AQ and began to search if she was teaching in the 2016/17 year. Well to my advantage she was! So I decided to take her course. She taught a course that was hands-on and practical. The format of the course allowed you to really be a part of the learning and direct the learning towards your interests and wants (for example, as a PLC group you were given a choice to do a book study or plan various readings per week), just like you would do with your own students. The blended course was great because you were able to network with teachers from across Ontario in person and through social media (Twitter). It gives you an opportunity to connect with other teachers and share your thoughts, ideas and take them back to your own classroom. Joanne inspired me to grow in my journey and move away from the old and jump right into the new ways of delivering the FDK program. I have become more knowledgeable and confident to deliver a program that reflects the new Kindergarten document (4 frames, play based learning). Joanne really allowed us to think outside the box. She gave us many opportunities to share provocations, visit other classrooms and listen to many guest speakers. She really made sure that we were given a variety and always kept us thinking and wondering. After taking Kindergarten part 1, I made a decision to take part 2 and the specialist. I can now say that I have transformed my teaching style and incorporated many new philosophies into my classroom. I am more confident in delivering the Kindergarten program. Joanne has inspired me to be the teacher I am today. I am able to take risks and try new things in the classroom and not feel like it's not the right thing to do! I recommend my colleagues to take any course or workshops that joanne Bablis teaches because they will come out feeling inspired and ready to take on new challenges!
Charlie has a Masters Degree in Education (focus on teaching students with learning differences how to read) with 30 years teaching experience in the Elementary Panel. I have been a course developer/writer and instructional leader for 15 years with York. I believe that all children can learn if given the right environment, use of evidence based learning strategies and a teacher who truly cares about each student and his/her success inside and outside the classroom.
Testimonial from Summer 2018 I really appreciate the ongoing "check ins" to stay connected with all of us.
"Thank you, Charlie, for a wonderful experience in Special Education Part 2. Would definitely take a course with her or York U again!" "The feedback from the course instructor was useful in understanding and getting a full grasp of expectations. " "Charlie was an amazing course instructor. Always responded back to emails in a timely manner, always willing to help and provided feedback on lessons. Will definitely take another AQ with York U would love to have Charlie Craig again if she is teaching other AQ's." "Thank you SO much for answering all of my questions, so quickly, and for the rubrics, weblinks and the picture/website instructional sheet that you sent. I really, really appreciate it! This is the first time that I have experienced an AQ course where ALL of my questions have been answered, and where I feel that my individual needs are considered."
Facilitating AQs at York University since 2006. Formerly Central Lead Teacher - Arts and Music and Instructional Leader, Music, Toronto District School Board. Looking forward to working, learning and collaborating with educators to enhance inclusive learning experiences in music for all students.
Testimonial from Fall 2020 session candidates.
Amazing course! Alki was so wonderful and knowledgeable. A big thank you to Alki for preparing an interactive course that balanced theory and application. The course was very content rich - ready go resources and applications were shared generously throughout. Alki is experienced, relaxed and knowledgeable. Thank you for being such a great teacher/mentor/zoom host! I was on the fence at first to take my part 3 online, but seeing that you would be our instructor sealed the deal for me!
Matthew Webbe is an Elementary Principal with the Toronto District School (TDSB), with several years of leadership experience in various K-8 school settings (inner-city, French Immersion and congregated sites). He has been an AQ instructor at York University since 2012. Before his school administration experiences, he was a Centrally Assigned Teacher (Elementary Guidance and Career Education) for five years supporting a portfolio of elementary schools in the eastern part of Toronto. Matthew's work involved implementing culturally responsive, equitable intervention and inclusive programming, which focused upon an anti-oppressive framework, student transitions (6 to 7 and 8 to 9), numeracy, science and literacy. Matthew has a Master of International Education from Charles Sturt University and is currently finishing his Master’s of Education – Curriculum & Professional Practice. Matthew is a graduate of the Bachelor of Education program from York University, focused on Urban Diversity Education (Regent Park).
Testimonial from Testimonial from a TDSB Educator (TDSB) Summer 2018
"I really enjoyed learning from Matthew and Kenisha (Bynoe) in the Kindergarten AQ. They were engaging instructors who provided ongoing feedback, diverse with their instructional approaches and created an environment which was inclusive and safe. It was obvious that their content knowledge and experience teaching Kindergarten made the learning meaningful."
I have been an educator for 30 years. I have experience teaching both elementary and secondary in academic as well as special education classroom settings. I was a Program Lead for the Life Skills programs at both Robert Bateman and White Oaks before it was renamed as CPP. I am currently an Instructional Program Leader with the Halton District School Board in the Student Services Department. I oversee the Autism portfolio for our board. I was diagnosed with Autism as an Adult.
Testimonial from Principal
Passionate about her job, very knowledgeable about autism and really cares about the students
I am a veteran Administrator working for the TDSB. I enjoy teaching PQP Part 2 as it provides a learning and teaching platform to enrich all engaged in the program. You will find I am very focused on the needs of the candidates to support their educational learning. The key always will be focusing on process rather than just the end product.
Testimonial from .
After 7 years as a Physical Educator, I spent 14 years as the Co-coordinator of Health and Physical Education for the East York Board of Education. My next role was Vice-Principal at East York Collegiate for 4 years and I finished my career as a Principal for 12 years in the Upper Canada District School Board. I have taught the York University PHE AQ for 10 years.
Testimonial from Debra White Summer 2017
"One of the best courses I have taken. Very hands on, lots of fun and lots of practical information"
I have been an Administrator for 14 years, serving various communities within the York Region District School Board. I am most passionate about ongoing professional learning and finding creative ways to infuse new learning - content and process, into as many interactions with students, staff and families as possible! The opportunity to meet new people, develop understanding through shared conversations and appreciate perspectives what I value most about the PQP course.
Testimonial from Summer 2018
I wanted to acknowledge our outstanding instructor, Kimberly Maybury. She facilitated this course exceptionally well, balancing the theoretical work with practical work, and supported all of the members of the class with consistent, relevant, and very useful feedback. It is clear that Kimberly has a great passion for her work and her passion was very motivational for me as a PQP candidate. Kimberly is an asset to the York University PQP team, and I sincerely hope that I will have another opportunity to work with her again, perhaps in a PQP Part 2 course in the summer of 2019.
As a Literacy Teacher and Department Head of English with the York Region District School Board, I'm passionate about rethinking how we teach and assess in the secondary panel. My role includes building staff capacity to support all learners by embedding disciplinary literacy strategies and culturally responsive pedagogy into their practice. I'm hopeful that we can create more equitable and authentic learning opportunities for all by reimagining what school and learning look like.
Testimonial from Teacher and Vice-Principal
"Exceptionally deliberate and purposeful. Sara's work is founded in a clear sense of the curriculum and in instructional strategies that benefit students." / "Progressive, forward thinking, and inclusive. Tirelessly committed to innovation and disruption of barriers to learning."
I am a HS Dance Educator with the HWCDSB. My energy and passion for movement is contagious. I strongly believe in ongoing PD including attending classes/workshops in all genres (African Dance & Contemporary are personal favs). A career highlight was presenting at the CODE Conference. I love to share innovative strategies and instructional approaches that provide and advocate for safe, inclusive and accessible movement spaces. Looking forward to learning with you! Andrea M.Ed, Dance Specialist
Testimonial from Summer 2020 Session
Andrea went above and beyond as an instructor for Dance, Part 1. She came to each virtual session with enthusiasm and energy, offered fantastic resources, modelled tangible lesson ideas, and built upon our ideas to make them richer for our students. I am most grateful for the mentorship that she extended to us even after the course was over.Her interest and assistance “inside the classroom” and beyond is a testament to the caring and high-quality leadership she provides in dance education.
Online: No manadatory live online meetings.
Virtual Blended: Regularly scheduled mandatory live online meetings.