Archive for May 16, 2017

Learning to Listen (Educational Leadership Article)

The theme of the May issue of Educational Leadership is Lifting Leaders, and one of the articles is titled Learning to Listen by Shane Safir – and it is also available to read for free, here.

From page 17 : “Listening is at the heart of school transformation. It’s the one skill that allows leaders to connect across racial, cultural, gender, and socioeconomic differences; to gather rich data on the front lines of change; to build staff capacity through reflective questions; and to drive reform through the power of relationships. This simple shift in approach—from telling to asking, from expert to learning leader, from hero to host of meaningful dialogue—can help leaders close the gap between their vision and their day-to-day actions.”

The author describes 5 reasons to implement a learning leadership model:

  1. Listening helps us tune in to dominant narratives and shift them.
  2. Listening helps us keep our finger on the pulse of complex change.
  3. Listening helps leaders stay true to their values in the face of pressure.
  4. Listening helps leaders model humanity and compassion in the face of trauma.
  5. Listening helps us reimagine data and bring student voice into the equation

Check it out! TDSB teachers can contact the Professional Library to request a full copy of the article of any of the others  that are not so free.


May 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

UDL: Universal Design for Learning (Educational Leadership article)

The theme of the April 2017 issue of Educational Leadership is Differences, Not Disabilities, and one of the articles by Salend and Whittaker is titled UDL: A Blueprint for Success. 

From page 60: “Just as architects create blueprints to design buildings that everyone can use, the UDL framework encourages teachers to be educational architects who build student success (Salend, 2016). Here, we describe a seven-step pedagogical model to guide educational architects in developing UDL instructional blueprints.”

The seven steps are:

  1. Understand Students’ Learning Differences
  2. Identify Educational Goals and Learning Objectives
  3. Examine Aspects of the Learning Environment
  4. Identify Barriers to Student Success
  5. Select UDL Solutions to Address the Barriers
  6. Ensure that UDL Solutions Are Well-Implemented
  7. Evaluate the Efficacy, Acceptability, and Fidelity of UDL Solutions

TDSB teachers may contact the Professional Library to receive an emailed copy of the article in full – f or any other article from this issue. Phone (416) 395-8289 or email

Also check out some of our newest book titles on UDL:


May 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Ministry announces more money for school broadband access

Announced May 15, 2017: From the news release:

“The province is improving access to high-speed broadband connectivity in schools across Ontario – particularly in northern, rural and remote schools – to provide all students with reliable and equitable access to learning resources.

Improving broadband connectivity and access ensures that students from every region of the province have equitable access to online information, courses and resources needed for 21st century learning.

Depending on the needs of individual schools, infrastructure upgrades will include:

  • Investing in new fibre optic infrastructure to connect schools to an internet service provider
  • Improving network capacity to handle large amounts of data required to use new technologies in the classroom
  • Ensuring a broadband speed of 1 Megabit per second per student and updating the network design to be more student-friendly

Check it out! Rowan

May 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

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