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 focused on innovation. 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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Urgent vs Important - Reflections on the return to school

Published 2/27/2024 in Ismete Qatipi
Question 1: During the first face to face we used the language of Urgent vs Important to help frame our thinking around our use of...
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HOW MIGHT WE QUESTION

Published 2/23/2024 in Jennifer Jiang
Through the second face to face meeting, I was able to change my perspective on the question I was pondering. By listening to my peers...
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Urgent vs Important - Reflections on the return to school

Published 2/23/2024 in Jennifer Jiang
This is my second year in the Primary Arts Specialist teacher role and as I get settled into the school year, I've been finding it...
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How Might We - Teacher Professional Development

Published 2/2/2024 in Emilia Martin
This year, in my role as MYP coordinator, I've been considering how to support our teachers in developing greater confidence in the MYP. Here is...
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Launch Posters as Graphic Organizers

Published 2/2/2024 in Kiloran Fensom
After the students built their junk rockets, we thought we would try a poster as they did well with their Magic Show posters. Some of our...
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Rocketships and Space Stories

Published 2/2/2024 in Kiloran Fensom
In January we started our Space unit. We learned about the planets in our solar system and parts of a rocket. We did a sketching...
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HMW Scaffold for Student Support in Inquiry-Based learning?

Published 2/2/2024 in Isabella Di Stefano
When I arrived at Cohort 21, I had determined that I wanted to focus on “How might we effectively scaffold to ensure students are supported...
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HMW: Fuse AI with quality feedback for report card comments.

Published 2/1/2024 in Stacy Sargeant
How might we leverage AI technology and tools to analyze, interpret, and extract meaningful feedback and data from Edsby to optimize time for teaching and...
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How might we...

Published 2/1/2024 in Michael Black
How Might we... move towards building a collection of resources for students to reflect upon and self-regulate their well-being as needed depending on their age...
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HMW build student capacity for empathy through writers workshops?

Published 2/1/2024 in Chelsea Larock
Question 1: Your how might we question. I’m interested in looking at how teachers can build student capacity for empathy through the use of creative writing...
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How Might We...

Published 1/31/2024 in Diana Quatrale
How Might We...create more leadership opportunities for kindergarten students   After our first face to face meeting I was feeling a little overwhelmed and didn’t really have...
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How Might We...

Published 1/29/2024 in Gareth Jones
How might we develop financially literate students who gain a new respect for and resilience towards all matter's money? After a Covid hit second Face 2...
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Authentic Opportunities for Observation/Conversation

Published 1/28/2024 in Rebecca Philp
HOW MIGHT WE QUESTION: How might we leverage a relationship-based approach to create authentic opportunities for observation/conversation with students? My thinking shifted quite a lot both...
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How might we...

Published 1/28/2024 in Jon Campbell
How might we create an intentional GSA program that is fully embraced by the larger school community? With the holidays and my Grade 12 Internal Assessments...
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How might we build student confidence and resilience?

Published 1/26/2024 in Amy Fuller
Cohort 21 Cohort 21 2 ... How might we build student confidence and resilience, using parents as partners and to try to decrease escalated reactions...
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Developing my Action Plan

Published 1/23/2024 in Amy Foley
The second F2F Cohort 21 session was so helpful in giving me the space I needed to develop my thoughts around my action plan. I...
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Developing the Action Plan - Face to Face No. 2

Published 1/18/2024 in Denise Simpson
  After our second face to face. I was able to continue to narrow my focus on what I want to focus on this year with...
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Hello world!

Published 1/18/2024 in test2
Welcome to Cohort 21 Cohort 21. This is your first post and an opportunity to share a little bit about yourself as a learner....
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How Might We......

Published 1/11/2024 in Courtney Pickering
Coming into this year of Cohort as a coach, I was eager to connect with new colleagues and focus on my Professional Learning Plan throughout...
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How might we better integrate projects across subjects, grades, and campuses?

Published 1/6/2024 in Kerrie Robins
Well, I've changed my HMW question since our last Face-to-Face meeting! I'm told this is often part of the process, so I'm just going with...
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