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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Information overload
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Information overload

Information overload has never been greater. Teachers are online looking for resources to support their student learning more than ever. We have Google, Twitter, Instagram,

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Doodling and dancing in 3Oville
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Doodling and dancing in 3Oville

Welcome to your Cohort 21 Blog. This journal is an integral part of your Cohort 21 experience. Here you will reflect, share and connect with

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Rediscovering My Passion
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Rediscovering My Passion

In my Twitter bio, I describe myself as a passionate educator. Sadly, at the beginning of this school year I started to wonder if that

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Permission in the pandemic
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Permission in the pandemic

This pandemic has given me moments to pause and reflect - and almost more importantly, permission to try new things, new strategies and new ways

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Remembering to Breathe
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Remembering to Breathe

It's Friday and I just sent out a tweet on thinking of things I am grateful for. As I hit the button I realized I

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