|MORE THAN 750 TEACHERS ATTEND EMSB PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY|
MONTREAL, AUGUST 28, 2002— On the eve of the start of the 2002-2003 academic year, more than 750 teachers from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) participated in a professional development day focusing on Building Learning Communities at Buffet Durante in Ahuntsic.
EMSB Director of Pedagogical Services Joseph Lalla emphasized that this was the first of four such sessions during the year geared to support schools in their mission to instruct, to qualify and to socialize students within a student centered learning environment. The goal is to facilitate and support the implementation of the Quebec Education Program, to assist schools with their individual success plans and to support matters related to research, practices in assessment, evaluation, learning and the integration of Information and Communications Technologies within the curriculum. Plenary sessions focused on "Regulating student learning and the motivation to learn" and "Nurturing Collaboration in Cycle Teams."
This is the third year of Quebec’s new curriculum, which promotes project-based learning, teamwork and simultaneously allows for addressing students individual learning styles. Students have two years to complete a cycle. Two years ago, Grades 1 and 2 became Cycle I and last year Grades 3 and 4 were transformed into Cycle II. This year Grades 5 and 6 will complete the course at the elementary level and become Cycle III. Preparation for implementation at the secondary level begins next year, with the official implementation taking place in 2004.
Subsequent professional development sessions will be held October 28, February 3 and May 5.
Michael J. Cohen