A new partnership between York University’s Faculty of Education and the Ontario Association for Supervision and Curriculum development (OASCD) will give students access to valuable curriculum resources and leading edge information in education. York’s Faculty of Education is the only provider of AQ/ABQ and PQP courses to have this one-of-a-kind type partnership with the organization.
The partnership, which became effective with the summer semester, gives students who register for a professional development course through the Faculty of Education’s Office of Research and Professional Development, a free, one year membership to the Ontario chapter of ASCD, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that represents 175,000 educators from more than 135 countries and 58 affiliates. The membership gives students access to:
- Changing Perspectives, ASCD’s award winning annual journal that includes articles from recognized authors and practitioners;
- The Trillium – a quarterly newsletter containing articles on best practices, leading research and information on upcoming conferences and other professional development opportunities;
- discounts on OASCD conferences, workshops, books, videos, online services and more;
- web and print access to leading edge educational research;
- real opportunities to network with provincial, national, and international contacts, and to pro-actively participate in (an not just react to) educational policy design and development; and,
- scholarship awards.
“Ontario ASCD is pleased to partner with York University’s Faculty of Education in order to offer the benefits of networking with York faculty and students to our members,” said Angeline Savard, president of OASCD. “Moreover, we are proud to support Ontario educators in their ongoing pursuit of excellence, integrating into practice the exceptional resources provided by each of our organizations as Ontario ASCD continues its efforts to connect, inspire and advocate.”
“As a leading provider of professional development in Ontario, York is constantly exploring new and innovative ways of improving the professional learning experience for educators”, said John Morrison, coordinator of leadership programs in the Faculty of Education. “This partnership with the OASCD provides our course candidates with the most current insights and research into education, while also adding significant value and knowledge to their AQ/ABQ/PQP experience. Through the expansion of the resource and knowledge base, our hope is that our candidates will experience an engaging and enhanced professional learning experience.”
Founded in 1943, ASCD, is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Ontario ASCD is one of the regional affiliates whose members represent all facets of the Ontario education system––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members. Ontario ASCD is also the recipient of two international affiliate excellence awards for outstanding service to its members, and for major contributions to education.
For more information, visit the ASCD website.