What is Cohort 21?

Welcome! Thank you for expressing interest in Cohort 21. The mission of this professional development initiative 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 learning tools. If this sounds like something that appeals to you then please take a moment to review this infographic before moving on with the registration process.

Cohort 21 is not your typical professional development. It is a highly personalized learning experience supported by an active community of educators. Being a member of Cohort 21 means committing to a eight month process of professional growth and inquiry. The Cohort 21 experience is facilitated through four face to face sessions that are interconnected through rich online collaboration, blogging and conversation. Using social media platforms (Twitter,Google, your own Cohort 21 Blog) and a Design Thinking framework you will connect and engage in a personalized action plan. This structured inquiry into the refinement of your practice will hopefully yield a valuable professional learning experience for both you and your students. But don’t take our word for it. Click here to hear from the Cohort 21 alumni who have gone through the programme before you.

Committing to Cohort 21 – Season 8 (2019-2020) means committing to the following four face-to-face sessions:

Saturday, October 5th@ The York School8:30 – 3:30
Saturday, November 16th@ Branksome Hall8:30 – 3:30
Friday, January 17th@ We Global Learning Institute8:30 – 3:30
Friday, April 3rd@ Trafalgar Castle8:30 – 3:30

***Please book these dates into your calendar now to ensure they do not conflict with other school events. Attendance at the face to face session is essential to maximizing your learning experience.

Beyond just showing up physically; Cohort 21 is about committing to pushing your practice and professional thinking in new directions. It is about making the time to DO & TRY something new. It is about taking a risk and challenging your assumptions about teaching and learning. Cohort 21 is uniquely set up to support you in this process as a highly engaged team of CIS Ontario facilitators and coaches will are available  throughout the year to help support you in your Action Plan. All that we expect is that you bring with you a “Growth Mindset” and the willingness to trust the process. Committing to Cohort 21- Season 8 (2019-2020) also means committing to reflecting on your learning through your  very own Cohort 21 blog, participating in regular Twitter Chats and supporting other Cohort 21 members through comments on their blogs between these face-to-face sessions.

By filling out the registration form you are agreeing to the above dates and expectation and have been approved by your Curriculum Leader and/or Head of School to join Cohort 21 for the 2019-2020 academic year. You and your direct supervisor also understand that the cost of this professional development is $875 which will be billed to your school in October 2019 by CIS Ontario.

Click here to stay in touch about season 9

Throughout the Cohort 21 experience participants will:

    • Engage in a year long “Action Plan” enabled by design thinking and supported by the cohort.

    • Actively reflect on their practices while taking part in a larger, meaningful discussion about the future of teaching and learning

    • Be reading, writing, and reflecting about teaching and learning though their Cohort 21 blog.

    • Become attuned to their schools mission statement and how it relates to the 21st century

  • Be a part of a highly motivated cohort of learners who will continue to critically assess their teaching in terms of student success

Cohort 21 brings together passionate teachers from all across Ontario and exposes them to a rich professional learning experience. The end result is a inter-school professional learning network built on a foundation of collaboration and innovation. Cohort 21 is not limited by grade or discipline; but rather embraces the possibility of interaction between division levels and experiences in education.

If you are interested in joining the 2019-2020 cohort we are looking for teachers who are:

    • highly motivated, inquisitive and passionate about teaching and learning

    • highly collaborative and open-minded about the future of education

    • interested in actively blogging and tweeting and experimenting with new web 2.0 tools.

  • willing to invest a year of their time to commit to a paradigm shift of educational innovation

If you have any questions, please direct them to [email protected]

The Cohort 21 Team

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  1. Hello,

    I have recently opened a school in Kenya. I was wondering if cohort 21 would eventually be willing somehow partner with us as we are looking for technology integration down here, however, it is difficult with both the resources and the experience of teachers. Having someone to help them set up and learn about using technology in the classroom would be truly amazing and transformational to their practice.

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