The Professional Learning Office in York University’s Faculty of Education hosted a delegation of educators from Singapore for a morning session on Friday, May 26 at the request of the Ministry of Education.
The 11-member delegation was led by the Director-General of Education, Wong Siew Hoong, and was comprised of curriculum officers from the Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education, Singapore.
The group is visiting Ontario to learn about the development of Canada’s and Ontario’s education system, in particular the philosophy and principles of primary and secondary education with respect to the English Language curriculum.
More specifically, the delegation is learning about:
• pedagogies that foster deep learning and the development of 21st century competencies (e.g., self-directed learning, harnessing of digital technologies for e-learning and tutoring (learning through media), approaches to developing effective oracy skills, and students’ voice);
• differentiation (models of differentiated support for different profiles of students, including at-risk students);
• adolescent literacy, critical Literacy, and multiliteracies; and,
• reading-writing connections and cognitive models of writing.
York instructional leaders Lana Parker (pedagogies that foster deep learning and the development of 21st century competencies) and Diane Vetter (critical literacy, adolescent literacy, literacy theory and pedagogy) made presentations to the delegation.