Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3, 4-6
Type of Resource: Teaching Tips, Video
Description:
This video provides guidance in implementing components of the all-day kindergarten curriculum, such as self-regulation, play-based learning and inquiry stance.
Project Lead:
Lyn Vause
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 4-6, 7-9
Type of Resource: Lesson Plan
Description:
A key message to convey to students is that being a good role model is about following your dreams and being a positive influence to others as well. Our society seems to favour people of a certain appearance. We need to accept others for who they are, and understand that role models are persons who present positive characteristics such as kindness. Even young children can begin to form negative views associated with appearance. As children mature, they are exposed to media role models who are famous. This lesson helps children and adolescents discuss the characteristics of role models.
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Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Equity & Diversity, FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
This article examines how activist literacy educators enact more socially just practices that run counter to normal curve ideologies. Examples examined suggest how activist literacies involve challenging the ideological foundations of institutions and practices..
Project Lead:
Jim Cummins
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
Youth who are at greater risk for low academic achievement, low school attendance, low school engagement, and behavioural problems are often described as “at‐risk”. Left unattended, these problems can easily develop into substance abuse, criminal behaviour, and other long‐term anti‐social problems.
Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
This research summary outlines a 2009 systematic review that found that anti‐bullying programs in schools were effective in reducing bullying by 20% – 23%.  The summary outlines elements of anti-bullying programs that were found to be most effective at reducing bullying.
Project Lead:
Don Buchanan
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Lesson Plan
Description:
This lesson plan introduces the concepts of functional and appropriate clothing: clothing is something we use to enjoy the various types of weather and weather-related activities. Clothing is not something to compare each other by as students are sensitive to social comparison. Students may need support in making clothing choices based on weather, availability of clothing, and preference, but sometimes there is peer pressure and media pressure to conform or to look a certain way.
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Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Science
Type of Resource: Audio/Podcast
Description:
Teachers in Sudbury are sharpening their storytelling skills. Being a good storyteller can make you more interesting to students and lead to better learning. Dr. Clyde Herreid is the man teaching the teachers.
Project Lead:
Yovita Gwekwerere
Topic: Music & Arts
Type of Resource: Video
Description:
This video is used to show how to engage students through collaborative music creation. Composer Peter Wiegold teaches a workshop on improvisation, collective composition, and creative music making at the University of Toronto.
Project Lead:
Lee Bartel
Topic: Science
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Activity
Description:
This is a 8-pieced puzzle activity for students to put together the lifecycle of a butterfly. It includes pictures and words to help with their learning.
Project Lead:
Pat Bucci
Topic: Math
Grade: K-3, 4-6, 7-9
Type of Resource: Activity
Description:

This activity was initiated by the staff of Dr. David Suzuki PS in Windsor, as part of their whole-school mathematics leadership project. In this document, you will find the challenge tasks for Canada 150, of which most were developed by Kyle Pearce and Heidi Horn-Olivito from GECDSB and enriched by many contributions across Canada.

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Teaching Tips, Website
Description:
A website with computational thinking modules, prepares by Western University as part of a KNAER project. This website offers definitions, classroom activities ideas for different grades and games and simulations.

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Math
Grade: K-3, 4-6, 7-9
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal, Research Summary/Report
Description:

This is a case study on Eastwood Public School, an elementary school in the GECDSB, that set out to develop an understanding of how Concreteness Fading could inform planning of tasks, lessons, and units, both within and across grades.

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Math
Grade: 7-9
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal, Research Summary/Report
Description:

Critical Transitions in Student Mathematical Development, Elementary to Secondary School Literature Review and Research Study Findings.
This literature review shares information from recent studies that highlight the high cost of dropping mathematics in the senior years of high school, and will provide a synthesis of effective strategies for supporting students in their transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9 mathematics study.

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Equity & Diversity, FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
Type of Resource: Video, Website
Description:
On this site you'll find information about the history and traditions of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Native American cultures, information about the challenges facing Aboriginal communities today, and curricula for incorporating this information into your teaching practice.
Project Lead:
Jean-Paul Restoule
Topic: Equity & Diversity
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal
Description:
This paper provides an overview of a KNAER project that examines how demographic data may be taken into consideration when planning for student achievement in order to identify opportunity gaps and to monitor progress in addressing these gaps. The authors provide suggestions on how student data can be collected and disseminated.
Project Lead:
Carl James
Topic: Equity & Diversity
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
This report has been compiled by Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group based on insights gathered from participants and presenters at the Oct 24, 2011 Discussion Forum: ReThinking Demographic Data in Terms of Student Equity, held Oct 24, 2011 at York University.
Project Lead:
Carl James
Topic: Music & Arts
Type of Resource: Video
Description:
This presentation looks at a project that three elementary school teachers took on in the classroom involving two parts: vocal improvisation and composition and notation.
Project Lead:
Lee Bartel
Topic: Equity & Diversity, FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
Type of Resource: PowerPoint
Description:
Using the Deepening Knowledge Project, this Power Point presentation examinines commonly stated resistances in teaching Aboriginal issues.
Project Lead:
Jean-Paul Restoule
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
This research summary was developed by the Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being (KNSWB). It outlines a 2017 meta-analysis of 82 school-based universal social and emotional learning programs. Findings confirm that the benefits of social-emotional learning have long-term effects for students in seven outcome areas.
Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Lesson Plan
Description:
This lesson plan introduces students to the intentions of advertising and marketing. Girls as young as 5 to 6 years old state that their ideal size is smaller than their real size. Media exposure can affect children’s body image and could lead to disordered eating. Overweight children are just as likely to internalize and endorse stigmas pertaining to overweight and obese individuals. This is related to the media perpetuated belief that people have full control over how much they weigh and how they look and that if they purchase certain diet foods or join certain clubs, they will weigh less and be happier. Students need to understand that advertising is used to make you want something you don’t necessarily need.
Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
Mindfulness‐based interventions have been broadly shown to be effective for a variety of psycho‐social problems, and may be effective with youth....many educators are choosing to include mindfulness exercises or practices as part of their classroom routines. A recent systematic review has examined what we know about some of the effects of mindfulness programs in school settings.
Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Topic: Language Arts
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal
Description:
This article attempts to provide ESL teachers, school administrators, and policymakers with a concise overview of what matters in promoting academic success among learners of English in Canadian schools.
Project Lead:
Jim Cummins
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
This research summary was originally developed by the E-BEST team of Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and has been updated by the Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being (KNSWB). It outlines a 2011 meta-analysis of school-based social and emotional learning programs. Findings show strong evidence that social-emotional learning has a positive impact on academic achievement. Based on the findings, successful approaches to programs are highlighted.
Project Lead:
Don Buchanan
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

This is a learning brief that provides information from the GECDSB Math Task Force's research on a teaching model which values mathematics expertise for all teachers and includes useful links at the end for educators to enhance learning.

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Math
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Lesson Plan, Video
Description:
This resource shares the lessons prepared for grades 1/2 and 2/3 about repeating patterns. Practitioners participating in the Math Network share their lesson plan and videos implementing and discussing the class activities with students.

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Math
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Video
Description:
This resource is a classroom documentary of Bronna Silver Grade 2/3 experience with symmetry at St. Andrews P.S. in Toronto. First, there are a series of videos where she shares some of her reflections after exploring symmetry + coding with her class. A second page offers a lesson plan and materials to work with students and a third and fourth page offer a definition of symmetry in math and other resources that teachers can use to build deeper understanding around this concept.

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Equity & Diversity, FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
Type of Resource: Video
Description:
In this video presentation, Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, explores the causes of disadvantages for Aboriginal families and advocates for the promotion of equitably- and culturally-based interventions.
Project Lead:
Nicholas Ng-A-Fook
Topic: Language Arts
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Activity
Description:
This activity includes two worksheets for students to practice copying sight words to create sentences in a short poem.
Project Lead:
Pat Bucci
Topic: Equity & Diversity, FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal, PowerPoint
Description:
This presentation and paper from the the 2012 CSA annual conference, provides an overview of a KNAER project "Kimaaciihtoomin e-anishinaabe kikinoohamaakeyak" or Beginning to Teach in an Indigenous Way, which sought to raise awareness of Aboriginal cultures and issues among teachers and their students in elementary and secondary schools in southern Ontario.
Project Lead:
Jean-Paul Restoule
Topic: Equity & Diversity
Type of Resource: Video
Description:
Joel Westheimer, professor with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education, speaks to teacher candidates and Ottawa Catholic School Board teachers about citizenship education in a globally-aware classroom. Presented in partnership with the ongoing KNAER research project, Joel discusses the tenets of a “good global citizen,” and the difference between one who is good by following the generally-accepted rules and one who takes it upon her/himself to challenge them. Dr. Westheimer also touches on the steps teachers can take to facilitate the process of creating empathetic, socially-aware, and critically-thinking leaders through classroom activity.
Project Lead:
Nicholas Ng-A-Fook
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Chart, Lesson Plan, Website
Description:
Children can confuse being “healthy” with being thin. Teachers and parents can help by defining health with them. Students need to see that there are many facets to health such as: feeling happy, being rested, and listening to self-regulating prompts such as hunger, thirst, satiety and so on. Children at this age can see people on diets and confuse this with “being healthy.” At this stage, children are beginning to endorse stigma around size and shape, perhaps believing that persons of thin sizes are healthy or somehow better than persons of larger sizes.
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Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Activity, Chart, Lesson Plan, Website
Description:
This lesson plan introduces students to normal and healthy differences between people. Family modelling of diet and exercise can influence children's notions that being fat is bad and that it is okay to be dissatisfied with your body. Children begin to associate being overweight with negative connotations. Self esteem is significantly based on the opinions of others as weight and appearance can dictate who children want to have as friends. Learning that everyone is different and it is okay to be different needs to be a primary focus.
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Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Activity, Chart, Lesson Plan, Website
Description:
This lesson plan introduces students to body image and learning that it is okay to be different. Body image relates to how we see ourselves: our size, shape, colour (anything that contributes to what our body looks like). This can be anything from our freckles to our feet. It also includes how we “dress up” and try to change our bodies. This lesson will teach students that all bodies are different and that our bodies allow us to do many different things. Children at this age can begin to form negative attitudes around “difference” so it is important for them to learn to appreciate that everyone’s body is different and that is positive.
Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Science
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Activity, PowerPoint
Description:
This 8-slided Power Point shows students several different types of weather. It includes graphics and simple sentences, as well as weather identification activity on the final slide to reinforce their learning.
Project Lead:
Pat Bucci
Topic: Equity & Diversity
Type of Resource: Video
Description:
Speaking to teacher candidates from the University of Ottawa and full-time teachers with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, OCDSB teacher and University of Ottawa graduate Bonnie Burlton shares her own globally-inspired educational experiences. During her talk, presented in partnership with of the ongoing KNAER research project, she explains how she stumbled into the world of microfinancing while volunteering in Cameroon, eventually founding Drombaya, a self-sustaining and locally-driven community loan service. Bonnie also demonstrates how one student’s comment about yoga pants turned into a multi-month, cross-curricular global education project in her classroom, culminating in a “thrift shop fashion show” through which students raised awareness of clothing costs, branding, and more.
Project Lead:
Nicholas Ng-A-Fook
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
Schools have long been seen as a primary source of health promotion programs for children. Current health promotion practices in schools include such topics as: alcohol consumption, drug use, smoking, obesity, physical activity, sex and relationship education, and well‐being. Recent reviews suggest that...
Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Topic: Science
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Activity
Description:
This document provides three activities for students to reinforce their learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly.
Project Lead:
Pat Bucci
Topic: Math
Grade: K-3, 4-6, 7-9
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal, Research Summary/Report
Description:

In this report, excerpts and recommendations from current research addressing various aspects of excellence in teaching, pedagogical and content knowledge, teacher leadership, and overall school improvement are provided. Issues discussed in the report include venues for improving mathematics instruction, student engagement, and content knowledge.

For more innovative math resources, visit the MKN website and the MKN page on TVO's TeachOntario website.

Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Language Arts
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Activity
Description:
This document contains eight pages of ideas to incorporate literacy in various early years subjects areas and activity centres.
Project Lead:
Pat Bucci
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: PowerPoint
Description:
This presentation outlines research on obesity as well as health and physical activity initiatives in schools that aim to reduce childhood obesity. Twenty initiatives are discussed including the release of the sedentary guidelines, nutrition labelling initiative, making prevention a priority and others directed toward getting kids more active and less sedentary.
Project Lead:
Carolyn Crang
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal, Teaching Tips, Website
Description:
This online magazine features articles that connect 'math to coding and coding to math' in an effort to provide resources, teaching strategies and practices that are useful for teachers, students and parents.

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic (MKN)
Topic: Math
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal, Teaching Tips, Video
Description:
This video is an introduction to Playful Mathematics for young children.

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Language Arts
Grade: 7-9
Type of Resource: Lesson Plan
Description:
This is a lesson plan where students will begin to analyze messages in advertisements and present their findings to the class. Students will discover that advertising is a construction that preys on our insecurities, presents false hope, and reinforces stereotypes to try and convince us we need to buy something. Adolescents are increasingly self-conscious about their physical appearance; parents and teachers can play a protective role in helping them to accept their changing bodies.
Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Language Arts
Grade: 4-6
Type of Resource: Lesson Plan
Description:
This is a lesson plan designed to teach the students that advertisements sell more than just a product. There are often hidden messages in them and the students need to always be aware of what they are. Children and pre-adolescents can be very sensitive to the opinions of others,which makes them also vulnerable to advertising messages.This lesson addresses the advertising tactic of making assumptions about who will be watching the ads,and how ads try to create a need for people to purchase the products.
Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Language Arts
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Lesson Plan
Description:
This is a lesson plan designed to teach students to be a little more critical when watching television. The lesson will reinforce that things are not always as they seem on television because the media portray them one way, when in real life they are completely different. Advertising strategies should be discussed in order to increase the students’ awareness of the power of media images. Students need to come away with the knowledge that media (and what they see on television) are not always “real” and they need to think about the images they see and question when media doesn’t make sense. Children at this age have vivid imaginations and they are also easily swayed. At times they may not be sure of what is real or not (whether or not animals can talk).
Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Math
Grade: K-3, 4-6, 7-9
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal, Research Summary/Report
Description:

This guide is a protocol for professional development in mathematics especially developed for the whole school inquiry or for work with teams of educators from across all grades. The goal of the Facilitator (e.g., Coach, Math Lead) is to support the school’s professional learning community until the group is confident enough to lead their own learning. Building educator efficacy and leadership is a central goal of this process and is what contributes to its sustainability over time.

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Science
Grade: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Activity
Description:
This activity is a five-part case study which examines research conducted by Canadian biologists on whether the physical appearance of baby chicks have something to do with their chances of survival. Students read through the process of conducting an experiment using a controlled and experimental group and analyze results from graphed data.
Project Lead:
Yovita Gwekwerere
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Activity, Lesson Plan, Teaching Tips
Description:
At an early age, children begin to form negative attitudes toward those who are different. They also begin to associate being overweight with negative characteristics or habits. As soon as children begin to form their perceptions, they need to learn the difference between tattling and reporting. Adults need to support the ideas that: words hurt; teasing is not okay; and no one deserves to be bullied. (For additional reference, please review the attached list of “Common Misconceptions About Bullying”). When adults don’t intervene and help children/students solve issues, they are modeling that being a silent bystander is acceptable.
Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Website
Description:
This website provides educators and community members with resources and research, including an "Asset Building Toolkit" and a "Research Resources" section, which contain a variety of resources designed to support professionals working with families, schools, health and children’s services and research resources.
Project Lead:
Erica van Roosmalen
Topic: Equity & Diversity
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal
Description:
Stan Kozak, Curriculum and Policy Consultant, provokes and encourages thoughtful discussion amongst teachers and teacher candidates on transformative learning and teaching strategies, incorporating themes of environmental, citizenship, and sustainability education.
Project Lead:
Nicholas Ng-A-Fook
Topic: Music & Arts
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Video
Description:
Composer Peter Wiegold teaches a workshop of creative music making with high school band students in Toronto, ON. Enter the following password when prompted: knaer2
Project Lead:
Lee Bartel
Topic: Language Arts
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Activity, Teaching Tips
Description:
This document is an assessment tool used to screen phonological awareness. It looks at various skills typically mastered by students from the preschool level to Grade 2.
Project Lead:
Pat Bucci
Topic: Well-Being
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report

 

Description:
There is growing pressure placed on educators to increase academic performance scores. This can translate into the perception that time spent in the classroom is more beneficial to academic performance, compared to time spent promoting and doing physical activity. This systematic review suggests that this perspective is flawed because providing opportunities for physical activity benefits academic achievement by improving school engagement.
Network Lead:
Don Buchanan
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3, 4-6
Type of Resource: Teaching Tips, Video
Description:
This presentation outlines the importance of playful learning for young children, including research evidence of its effectiveness in different types of playful learning that educators and parents can use to engage children in learning.
Project Lead:
Pat Bucci
Topic: Language Arts
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Activity
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal, Research Summary/Report
Description:

This guide is used by the GECDSB Principals to support sessions on Number Sense, organized in their schools.

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

In this report, excerpts and recommendations from current research addressing various aspects of excellence in teaching, pedagogical and content knowledge, teacher leadership, and overall school improvement are provided. Issues discussed in the report include venues for improving mathematics instruction, student engagement, and content knowledge.

For more innovative math resources, visit the MKN website and the MKN page on TVO's TeachOntario website.

Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Chart
Description:
This developmental chart is an accompanying resource to the lesson plans on body image and outlines research on how students feel about body image and ways that you can talk to them about it.
Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Math
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Video
Description:

This website includes three lesson studies: 1) Repeating Patterns in Grades 1/2; 2) Repeating Patterns in Grades 2/3; 3) Repeating patterns Side-By-Side (lesson sequence on Repeating Patterns using 2 different pedagogical approaches, shown side-by-side)

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Teaching Tips
Description:

A research mini is a side-by-side comparison of two different pedagogical approaches for the same content topic.

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Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Teaching Tips, Video
Description:
One of five videos in the “Research to Practice” video series, produced by Nipissing University for the School-Board University Research Exchange (SURE). Each of the five short videos are intended to assist – as well as inspire – teachers to become researchers. Each video showcases various teacher-driven research as well as collaborations between School Boards and Universities.

For more innovative math resources, visit the MKN website and the MKN page on TVO's TeachOntario website.

Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Teaching Tips, Video
Description:
One of five videos in the “Research to Practice” video series, produced by Nipissing University for the School-Board University Research Exchange (SURE). Each of the five short videos are intended to assist – as well as inspire – teachers to become researchers. Each video showcases various teacher-driven research as well as collaborations between School Boards and Universities.

For more innovative math resources, visit the MKN website and the MKN page on TVO's TeachOntario website.

Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic (MKN)
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Teaching Tips, Video
Description:
One of five videos in the “Research to Practice” video series, produced by Nipissing University for the School-Board University Research Exchange (SURE). Each of the five short videos are intended to assist – as well as inspire – teaach video showcases various teacher-driven research as well as collaborations between School Boards and Universities.

For more innovative math resources, visit the MKN website and the MKN page on TVO's TeachOntario website.

Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic (MKN)
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Teaching Tips, Video
Description:
One of five videos in the “Research to Practice” video series, produced by Nipissing University for the School-Board University Research Exchange (SURE). Each of the five short videos are intended to assist – as well as inspire – teachers to become researchers. Each video showcases various teacher-driven research as well as collaborations between School Boards and Universities.

For more innovative math resources, visit the MKN website and the MKN page on TVO's TeachOntario website.

Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Teaching Tips, Video
Description:
One of five videos in the “Research to Practice” video series, produced by Nipissing University for the School-Board University Research Exchange (SURE). Each of the five short videos are intended to assist – as well as inspire – teachers to become researchers. Each video showcases various teacher-driven research as well as collaborations between School Boards and Universities.

For more innovative math resources, visit the MKN website and the MKN page on TVO's TeachOntario website.

Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

The conversation of mathematics proficiency cannot be framed in the context of rote versus discovery learning because neither defines nor describes mathematical proficiency. This is a learning brief that provides information from the GECDSB Math Task Force's research and includes useful links at the end for educators to enhance learning.

For more innovative math resources, visit the MKN website and the MKN page on TVO's TeachOntario website.

Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Equity & Diversity
Type of Resource: PowerPoint
Description:
This presentation examines teaching environmental education in Ontario schools through specific policy frameworks and provides suggestions on how to make learning relevant.
Project Lead:
Nicholas Ng-A-Fook
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

This is a learning brief that provides information from the GECDSB Math Task Force's research on supporting all mathematics learners through responsive learning environments and includes useful links at the end for educators to enhance learning.

For more innovative math resources, visit the MKN website and the MKN page on TVO's TeachOntario website.

Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Equity & Diversity, FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
Type of Resource: PowerPoint
Description:
This presentation outlines a study that examined barriers and supports to Aboriginal students accessing post secondary education institutions.
Project Lead:
Jean-Paul Restoule
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Website
Description:
This website provides educators with research based resources and lesson plans designed to support students in developing positive body images.
Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Music & Arts
Grade: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Video
Description:
This presentation shows an action research project that looked at the extent to which will “safety nets” (such as the use of the pentatonic scale) improve student confidence and competence, and engage students in creative tasks such as improvising, composing, and performing?
Project Lead:
Lee Bartel
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:

Although teaching ‘the basics’ is a function of our schools, the real challenge for educators is teaching mathematics that is rooted in, but not limited to, ‘the basics’. This is a learning brief that provides information from the GECDSB Math Task Force's research and includes useful links at the end for educators to enhance learning.

For more innovative math resources, visit the MKN website and the MKN page on TVO's TeachOntario website.

Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Equity & Diversity, FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
The Deepening Knowledge Project is an initiative of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education to infuse Aboriginal worldviews and pedagogies into a large one-year consecutive initial teacher education program.
Project Lead:
Jean-Paul Restoule
Topic: Science
Grade: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Activity
Description:
This activity is a biology, chemistry, and ecology case study for students to learn about genetically altered foods. Study Questions inquire about the FDA, genetic modification, and health and safety issues.
Project Lead:
Yovita Gwekwerere
Topic: Equity & Diversity, FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
Type of Resource: PowerPoint
Description:
This Power Point presentation provides a better understanding of the historical and political significance behind "Idle No More".
Project Lead:
Jean-Paul Restoule
Topic: Science
Type of Resource: Research Summary/Report
Description:
Case studies and problem-based learning are powerful pedagogical techniques for teaching Science. This report outlines the evidence behind using case studies to teach science and gives specific guidance to teachers on how they can include case studies in lesson planning.
Project Lead:
Yovita Gwekwerere
Topic: Equity & Diversity, FNMI (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
Type of Resource: Video
Description:
This project consists of video interviews of 14 Aboriginal, Métis, Francophone and Anglophone artists in Greater Sudbury and Manitoulin Island about their art to support the new Ontario Ministry of Education: The Arts Guidelines, particularly Visual Arts.
Project Lead:
Kathy Browning
Topic: Math
Type of Resource: Graphic/Infographic, Research Summary/Report
Description:

This is a visual representation of the recommendations for Quality Teaching, Teacher Leadership, School-based Leadership, Professional Development, School Boards, and Researchers from a research summary prepared by the Mathematics Leadership Community of Practice.

For more innovative math resources, visit the MKN website and the MKN page on TVO's TeachOntario website.

Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Music & Arts
Grade: 7-9, 10-12
Type of Resource: Video
Description:
Composer Peter Wiegold teaches a workshop for a high school band in Waterloo, ON.
Project Lead:
Lee Bartel
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Lesson Plan
Description:
Family modeling of diet and exercise can influence girls’ notions of anti-fat and body dissatisfaction. Overweight children are just as likely to internalize and endorse stigmas pertaining to overweight and obese individuals. This may be due to the media and the belief that weight is solely an issue of individual responsibility (i.e., “they should eat less”). Children can learn that there are many ways to enjoy movement, not only through participating on sports teams.
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Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Math
Grade: 10-12
Type of Resource: Article - Newspaper/Magazine/Journal
Description:

This is an article about the Wellington Catholic District School Board, that is developing creative ways of promoting computer science at the secondary school level, with a focus on engaging all students.

For more innovative math resources, visit the MKN website and the MKN page on TVO's TeachOntario website.

Network Leads:
George Gadanidis, Donna Kotsopoulos, Dragana Martinovic
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Lesson Plan, Website
Description:
This lesson is designed to teach students to be a little more critical when watching television. The lesson will reinforce that things are not always as they seem on television because the media portray them one way, when in real life they are completely different. Advertising strategies should be discussed in order to increase the students’ awareness of the power of media images. Students need to come away with the knowledge that media (and what they see on television) are not always “real” and they need to think about the images they see and question when media doesn’t make sense. Children at this age have vivid imaginations and they are also easily swayed. At times they may not be sure of what is real or not (whether or not animals can talk).
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Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson
Topic: Well-Being
Grade: K-3
Type of Resource: Chart, Lesson Plan, Website
Description:
Children at young ages notice if adults model being on a diet or talking about it. Teachers and parents should be as confident and comfortable with their own body image as possible to model acceptance and love for oneself. It is important to emphasize the nutritional value of food and support the idea of food as being part of a social and pleasurable need. It is also important not to over monitor or regulate a child’s eating, but to encourage them to self-regulate and attend to cues such as hunger, thirst and satiety.
Project Lead:
Lorayne Robertson