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Centre for Urban Schooling

Model School for Inner Cities (MSIC)

CUS Facilitator(s): Dr. Nicole West-Burns, Jeff Kugler, Karen Murray
Associates: Alan Silverman, Serge Parravano, James Eslinger, Dr. Joseph Flessa

During the 2010 – 2011 academic year, CUS continued to support the work of the TDSB Model Schools for Inner Cities. The work this year focused on Principal’s Academies as well as supporting the work of the Model School Cluster Leadership Teams.

For the Principal’s Academies, CUS worked with the 109 administrators from the MSIC Initiative for several sessions to deepen their understanding about creating more schools where Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy is a priority. The focus of these sessions led us to the creation of an equity tool for school staff to use to assess their progress in areas related to equity. The CUS-created Framework for CRRP became the base for the tool, and school administrators, Teaching and Learning Coaches, Community Support Workers, as well as others, added to and tweaked the tool to create a document that will be most effective and useful for schools. The tool was piloted in all seven MSIC clusters, and the final document will be published for any schools looking to have support in examining themselves on the continuum of doing equity-based work across schools, inclusive of, but not limited to classroom instruction.

Additionally, over the course of the year, the CUS School Services team continued to meet regularly with the Model School Cluster Leadership Teams, comprised of Model School Lead Teachers, Community Support Workers and Teaching and Learning Coaches. Our work centred around providing support to the projects that the teams were already charged with doing: Parent Academies and Teacher Leadership Networks in all of the clusters.

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