Rethinking Learning for the
21st century

The mission of Cohort 21 is to build a community of passionate CIS Ontario educators who are interested in refining and redesigning their practice through the exploration of new pedagogies, ideas and tools.

Your First Step

Registration for Cohort 21 opens in May. CIS Ontario Schools can submit educators from any division, department or role. The Cohort 21 experience runs from October to April. It is made up of four face to face sessions inter-connected by rich online discussion and supported by our passionate team of volunteer facilitators and coaches.

May - June

Building Community

The first face-to-face session is dedicated to building relationships. It is here that we setup the framework and mindset for the year. This session is also about professional learning networks and the tools that enable them. Participants walk away with a new toolkit and community with whom to connect, collaborate and learn.

October

Design Thinking

It is during the 2nd session that the “Action Plan” is launched and innovation begins. Through rich Design Thinking protocols participants are asked to think deeply about their practice and identify a challenge that needs addressing. The day concludes when everyone publishes their thinking to their Cohort 21 blog to allow for personalized feedback and support.

November

Innovation

Each year the third face to face session is held at a non-school location. Cohort 21 has formed unique partnerships with many different start ups and learning organizations. Throughout the day members will hear from special guests, thought leaders and Cohort 21 alumni to help ignite inspiration and continue to support the Action Plan process.

January

The End of the Beginning

The final face-to-face session is a celebration of learning. Cohort members connect in small groups to share and reflect on their Action Plan journeys and commit to bringing their learning back to their own schools. The day ends just as the Cohort 21 experience began: with a commitment to the ongoing process of refining practice and exploring new pedagogies and tools.

April

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Caution: U-Turn Ahead
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Caution: U-Turn Ahead

I left today's second F2F session with a specific question: How might we develop an inquiry-based unit which allows students to co-create academically rigorous success

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The elephant in the (class)room
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The elephant in the (class)room

When I applied to Cohort 21, it was with the initial curiosity of exploring one of the following concepts: Balancing the push for open-ended, inquiry

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The Magic Number
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The Magic Number

I didn't quite follow the instructions. BUT! I felt a little bit of magic in the air, followed it, and am pretty excited to see

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The Power of Three (Part 1)
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The Power of Three (Part 1)

What a great first face to face session with #cohort21. The room was filled passionate teachers with one common goal; bettering the education world to

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How Might We Start a School?
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How Might We Start a School?

For those of you unfamiliar with the brainstorming and iterative process known as Design Thinking, one of its most beneficial takeaways comes in the formation

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student beta testing - gulp!
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student beta testing - gulp!

Currently I am beta testing my Cohort21 side hustle; gameof5.com with all 5 of my classes. My early impression is that students seem engaged by

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Sub-2: Closing the Praxis Gap
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Sub-2: Closing the Praxis Gap

At ~04:15 EST on Saturday, 12 October, Eliud Kipchoge crossed the finish line of the Ineos 1:59 challenge in Vienna, having completed a marathon (26.2mi/42.2km)

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