Coinciding with the 2016 Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Learning Forward commissioned and supported a study of professional learning across the nation of Canada.
A research team led by Carol Campbell, Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, examined the professional learning that educators experience in the provinces and territories of Canada. The study identifies key components and features of effective professional learning and highlights findings from what educators in the nation experience.
Included here are reports and papers resulting from the study. More will be shared as they are completed.
The State of Educators’ Professional Learning in Canada: Executive Summary
By Carol Campbell, Pamela Osmond-Johnson, Brenton Faubert, Kenneth Zeichner, and Audrey Hobbs-Johnson, with Sherri Brown, Paula DaCosta, Anne Hales, Larry Kuehn, Jacqueline Sohn, and Karen Steffensen
This executive summary showcases the research questions addressed in the study, summarizes findings and conditions for professional learning in Canada, and concludes with implications for next steps. Examples of professional learning practices from various provinces highlight learning in action across the nation. Read Report
Bringing the Profession Back In
By Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves
In this call to action building on the Canada study, Fullan and Hargreaves outline an argument for meaningful professional learning and development. They conclude with actions for teachers, systems, and Canada to take to establish a culture of collaborative professionalism. Read Report
The State of Educators' Professional Learning in British Columbia: Executive Summary
By Sherri Brown, Anne Hales, Larry Kuehn, and Karen Steffensen
Several education organizations formed the British Columbia Education Collaborative, which undertook a comprehensive analysis of British Columbia’s education system and the state of professional learning in the province.This executive summary offers an overview of this analysis and raises questions for further exploration and consideration. Read Report