With the support of the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Catholic Principals' Leadership Development  Ontario, Leadership en action and Principal Association Projects,  the service partners for Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario (CPCO), L'Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO) and Ontario Principals' Council are preparing a series of three podcasts and three webinars for principals and vice-principals.

Through this three-part series, principals and vice-principals will gain a better understanding of key changes in the curriculum and focus on implementation leadership strategies through a student-centered inquiry stance respecting equity and culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy. 

These resources will support principals and vice-principals as they

  • deepen understanding of the key changes to the revised Language curriculum, program planning for diverse learners as well as implications for assessment and evaluation

  • consider effective leadership moves to support implementation of the curriculum with staff

  • explore sample inquiry questions to provoke school-based learning and goal setting and

  • engage in opportunities to interact with participants to ask questions and learn best practices from one another.

How will I lead the implementation of the new language curriculum at my school? Podcast

Episode 1: Getting started: engaging staff through a critical inquiry approach

Features Usha James from the Learning Consortium. Listen in as Usha and our project leads from CPCO and the OPC discuss an inquiry based approach to leading the implementation of the Ontario’s Revised Language Curriculum (Grades 1-8) with a focus on leadership moves/actions to support principals and vice-principals in beginning this important work.

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Episode 2: Continuing the work: leadership moves/actions

Usha James from the Learning Consortium continues the conversation about leading the implementation of the Ontario’s Revised Language Curriculum (Grades 1-8), through an inquiry approach alongside our project leads from CPCO and OPC.  This episode will focus on modelling the inquiry process.

Stay tuned, this podcast will be available soon! 


 Usha James

Usha James spent 12 years as a secondary teacher and five years seconded to Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, as an instructor in the Initial Teacher Education Program and Director of the Secondary Program. Usha has contributed to The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2), a non-profit Canadian educational organization,  for many years and was appointed Executive Director of TC2 in 2016. She has worked with educators and administrators of kindergarten to post-secondary students, supporting their efforts to improve the quality of their learner’ and their own thinking. Usha has seen how an understanding of how to nurture quality thinking can deepen understanding and practice of assessment, instruction and curriculum design in all subject areas as well as significantly enhance efforts to create more equitable and inclusive environments and learning opportunities. She has worked extensively with administrators and senior district leaders to help them nurture thinking schools and systems, supporting their strategic and school level planning and building capacity in leadership teams to think critically about their practice.  

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Webinar Series

Informed by the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Right to Read Report, the revised Language curriculum reflects a focus on evidence-based strategies. Participants in this series will gain a deeper understanding of these changes while considering a variety of actions/leadership moves that support all educators in Grades 1 to 8 as they plan for and teach the revised curriculum. 

 Webinar 1: A Leader's Introduction - October 16 (Recording available)

This 60-minute webinar provided an overview of some of the key changes to the Language curriculum with a focus on the first four areas of change: curriculum introduction, vision and goals, program strands and instructional approaches.

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Webinar 2: Supporting Diverse Learners - November 28 at 10:00 a.m. EST

This 60-minute webinar will consider key changes to the Language curriculum  with a focus on program planning for students with special education needs, students with disabilities and program planning for English language learners. 

 Webinar 3: Assessment and Evaluation - January 24 at 10:00 a.m. EST
This 60-minute webinar will provide an overview of some of the key changes to the Language curriculum with a focus on assessment and evaluation. 

You can register for one or more in this series. 

For French language webinars, please visit www.adfo.org