Model School Cluster E7
CUS Facilitator(s): Jeff Kugler, Dr. Vanessa Russell, Dr. Nicole West-Burns
Cluster Facilitator(s): Mary Ampomah, Shauna MacKendrick, Cathy Pollock, Simona Scala
The Centre for Urban Schooling, School Services Division worked in collaboration with the Model Schools for Inner Cities Teaching-Learning Coaches and Lead Teacher from this cluster to facilitate the Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy (CRRP) Leadership Network: A Professional Learning Community. There were seven sessions that ran from December through May 2012. Two teachers from every school in the cluster attended the sessions. Some teachers were returning and had participated for three years, while others were new to the network, but had a desire to continue to build capacity in each local site.
This work supported embedding CRRP into the curriculum; supported the initiatives of TDSB Closing the Gap Task Force Report and Opportunity Gap Report; and supported the focus of the Ministry’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy.
The Teacher Leadership Network, specifically, allowed participating teachers to differentiate their focus within CRRP, while working toward an inquiry project related to critical consciousness in their classrooms. The teachers decided WHAT they would like to explore to challenge status quo by engaging in curriculum, activities, conversations, and building of relations that support students becoming critically conscious individuals. Each teacher, with support, created his or her own path for learning in this model, and the sessions were held within a Professional Learning Community-type format for reflectionand pushing the thinking, as well as a place for new ideas to be learned and shared.