Ontario: Learning Together at Home
Stories from the field
Recently, learners and educators throughout Ontario began working together under very different circumstances. In what has been described by the provincial government as Continuous Learning, and by others as Emergency Remote Learning, Ontario Teachers are again working with their students — not in their classrooms — but rather from their homes. Join us as we converse with Ontario educators and hear, in their own voices, what it is like to be in Ontario: Learning , Together, at Home.
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Arianna Lambert is a grade 4/5 teacher with the Toronto District School Board. In addition to her classroom work, you’ll find her blogging at #ETFO’s heartandart.ca. A thoughtful, reflective educator, it was a pleasure catching up with Arianna to find…

Mahfuza Rahman is a Digital Lead Learner and Hybrid Teacher with the Toronto District School Board. In this conversation, we explore the meaning of both roles and how Mahfuza and her team have moved into this time of COVID-19 shutdown. A complex and…

Cal Armstrong is a mathematics teacher at Appleby College, Oakville. The school had actually been building the infrastructure for online learning for the past two decades. Listen in as we explore how that planning has stood up in this time of…

Rola Tibshirani is a teacher at All Saints Secondary School in the Ottawa Catholic District School Board. Her commitment for learning alongside her students has made this a very interesting time for Rola and her students. Listen how the work that she…

Jim Pedrech is the English and Canadian & World Studies department head at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Strathroy, Ontario. In this conversation, we learn about some of the projects that Jim had been working on before the COVID-19 shutdown…

Amit Mehrotra is Vice Principal at Heart Lake Secondary School in Brampton, In this conversation, he brings his unique perspective as a high school administrator to our discussion on how educators in the province are seeing the current COVID-19…

Jason To is a mathematics teacher at Westview Central Secondary School in the TDSB. He is a passionate advocate for de-streaming and, as you’ll hear in the conversation, the current COVID-19 shutdown has him concerned about his students, many of whom…

Zoe Branigan-Pipe is a Special Assignment Teacher for the Gifted in the Hamilton Wentworth School District. Zoe also teaches the Junior Additional Basic Qualifications Course at Brock University.

In this conversation, we focus on how her role has…

Michelle Fenn is an Instructional Leadership Consultant with the portfolios of Innovations and NTIP at the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Among other things, we explore her commitment to connecting in a different way with teachers in her…

Jamie Reaburn is Head of English, Huron Heights Secondary School, Kitchener. In this conversation we talk about how she is continuing to connect with students, colleagues and her family during this COVID-19 period.

In addition to his role as current President of ECOO (Education Computing Organization of Ontario), Andrew Forgrave is also a newly-minted retired educator. In this conversation, however, he pushes back against that familiar notion of retirement,…

Rolland Chidiac teaches Grade 3 in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. In this conversation, Rolland inspires educators to take a measured approach in the way we move into this time of remote learning. Holding an equity lens in front of him…

Danika Tipping is the head of English at London South Collegiate Institute in London, Ontario. She’s always been an imaginative and innovative educator and, as you’ll hear in this conversation, that sense of commitment to creativity is still strong…

Alanna King teaches English in the Upper Grand District School Board. But there is so much more to her teaching life than that. She is cohost of the “Read Into This” podcast, and is actively involved in the Ontario Library Association. Her passion and…

Colin Jagoe teaches Science at East Northumberland Secondary School in the Kawartha Pineridge District School Board. It was great to connect with Colin to talk about his experiences in the first weeks of remote learning. I appreciated Colin’s…

Jason is a hybrid-teacher digital lead learner in the Toronto DSB. He is a google innovator, Apple distinguished educators and a director at large of ECOO.

In this conversation, Jason talks about how someone so steeped in digital technology is making…

Tim King is an EdTech champion with a passion for bringing the tools of ICT to his students, and to the world. Yet, he brings a critical eye on the whole EdTech landscape and wants to engage us in conversations about equity, security and privacy. It…

Aviva Dunsiger teaches Kindergarten in the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. In this conversation, we explore experiences from her first week of remote learning. Listen as she talks openly about connecting with her students online, their…