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ABOUT US

Learning Forward Ontario is an incorporated, non-profit professional educational organization established in 1991. Members include consultants, co-ordinators, principals,

vice-principals, teachers, superintendents, directors of education, business and support workers, and faculty of education personnel.

Learning Forward Ontario Mission & Vision

Learning Forward Ontario (LFO) is an incorporated, non-profit professional educational organization established in 1991. Members include consultants, co-ordinators, principals, vice-principals, teachers, superintendents, directors of education, business and support workers, and faculty of education personnel. LFO is an affiliate of Learning Forward-The Professional Learning Organization whose vision, mission and beliefs follow below:

 

Vision

Equity and excellence in teaching and learning.

Mission
Learning Forward builds the capacity of leaders to establish and sustain highly effective professional learning.

Beliefs

  1. Professional learning that improves educator effectiveness is fundamental to student learning.

  2. All educators have an obligation to improve their practice.

  3. More students achieve when educators assume collective responsibility for student learning.

  4. Successful leaders create and sustain a culture of learning.

  5. Effective school systems commit to continuous improvement for all adults and students.

 

Strategic Priorities Overview
Learning Forward's recently revised Standards for Professional Learning define the elements essential to educator learning that leads to improved practice and better results for students. Learning Forward's strategic plan is designed to advance the standards both nationally and internationally. Working simultaneously to serve the members of the organization and influence the wider education field, Learning Forward will focus on the three priority areas below over the next seven years.

Standards and Impact
Learning Forward establishes standards and examines evidence to strengthen and document the impact of professional learning.
 

Leadership and Practice
Learning Forward builds the capacity of its members, clients, partners, and staff to establish and sustain effective professional learning.

Advocacy and Policy
Learning Forward advocates policies and practices that strengthen the field of professional learning.

 

Meet Our Team

Learning Forward Ontario 2020-2021

Board of Directors

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Beate Planche

Co-Chair

Consultant, Coach and Sessional Instructor in Graduate Education at Western University.

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Brian Weishar

Co-Chair

Teacher, Department Head, Coach

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

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Karen Steffensen

Vice Chair

Student Achievement Officer

Ontario Ministry of Education

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Jenni Donohoo

Past Chair

Consultant/on Contract CODE

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Dawne Boersen

Treasurer

Superintendent, Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board

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Alison Golding

Secretary

Principal of Student Achievement K-8 

Simcoe County District School Board

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Michelle Krelle-Janke

Team of Directors

Student Achievement Officer

Ontario Ministry of Education

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Deborah McCallum

Team of Directors

Instruction and Assessment Facilitator

Simcoe County District School

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Brenda Sherry

Team of Directors

Teacher, Consultant, Coach: Designing Contemporary Learning Environments

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Karen Friedman

Team of Directors

Independent Educational Consultant, Coach and Mentor

Former Associate Director Programs, YRDSB

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Noa Daniel

Team of Directors

Teacher at Silver Pines P.S.

York Region District School Board

Consultant and Coach at Building Outside of the Blocks/VoiceEd Podcasts

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Tania Sterling

Team of Directors

Superintendent of Schools

York Region District School Board

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Janani Pathy 

Team of Directors 

Principal of Bill Hogarth Secondary School (YRDSB)

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Laura Callaghan 

Team of Directors 

Superintendent of Education, St. Clair Catholic District School Board

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Ian McCallum

Team of Directors 

Education Officer- Indigenous Education Office,  Ontario Ministry of Education