May 1997

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Journal of Distance Education Special:
Online Teaching and Learning

The Journal of Distance Education is planning a special issue, Focusing on Online Teaching and Learning. The issue, to be published in late 1997, will explore all aspects of on-line teaching and learning from grade school to post-secondary.

The journal’s editors invite anyone who’s interested to submit manuscripts for review. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • points of view of on-line learners
  • different modes of on-line learning
  • instructional design issues
  • human/computer interaction
  • cost issues

This issue will also highlight exemplary courses (articles should be 2,000 words or less) and features about developments in hardware, software, hot web sites, or interesting multi-media adaptations for net-based instruction.

Submissions in either English or French are welcome. To receive the guidelines for contributors, contact the co-editors: Joan Collinge, or Vivian Rossner, Centre for Distance Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6.

Bell Institute for Learning Design

The Independent Learning Centre, in association with Sir Sandford Fleming College and Bell Canada, is supporting the development of the Bell Institute for Learning Design.

This professional development program is intended to help teachers and other professionals understand principles of learning as they apply to technology and to make good choices in the use of technology for classroom and education programs.

For information about courses, contact Mary Yannakis at (416) 325-4252.

Teachers, Students Learn By Keeping Journals

Students engaged in distance learning at the Independent Learning Centre are using course journals to communicate with their teachers, to reflect on their learning and to keep a record of their progress through the course.

Several different teachers work with the same student over the length of a course, each teacher building on the previous teacher’s learning conversation with the student. Different teachers apply the same standards to students’ work to achieve accurate and consistent results.

For more information about how course journals help students and teachers learn, contact Mary Yannakis at (416) 325-4252.

Action Research

Teachers in the Brant County Board of Education are integrating research into their daily classroom practice. Teachers are working together in small groups to collect and analyze information about the effectiveness of what they do in classrooms, to plan needed changes and evaluate the impact on student learning.

For more information about how this action research, or teacher research, can enhance student learning and teacher professionalism, contact Jackie Delong, Superintendent, Brant County Board of Education (519) 756-6301.


Orbit is a lively and readable periodical published by OISE/UT. The theme-based format contains articles of interest to teachers from junior kindergarten to the end of secondary school. Issues that Orbit will examine in 1997 include: gender; secondary school change; assessment; and school Improvement. Subscription rate: $38.52.

For information, tel: (416) 447- 8186; fax: (416) 447-2713.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving teaching and learning. The association serves nearly 200,000 members who believe that all students can succeed in a challenging, well-planned educational program.

Members in ASCD’s 68 affiliates include students, teachers, parents, professors, school board members, principals, superintendents and directors of education. ASCD offers professional development opportunities and publishes a range of books, videos and other materials on education. ASCD’s current yearbook is reviewed in this issue of Professionally Speaking.

For more information about ASCD’s Ontario group, contact Linda Ness at (519) 578-3890.


Phi Delta Kappan brings an academic focus to articles on educational research, service, curriculum and leadership. Issues, trends and policy are examined in this peer-reviewed periodical, which is published monthly except for July and August.

To subscribe, contact Phi Delta Kappa International Inc., 408 N. Union, PO Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana, USA 47402.

Subscriptions cost $42 US per year for individuals, $46 US for organizations.

Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program

The Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program is a 250-hour course leading to a Supervisory Officer’s Certificate or Business Supervisory Officer’s Certificate. The program is offered in four instructional modules and includes a practicum component.

Participants must meet the requirements for admission outlined in the Ministry of Education and Training’s Regulation 309 (see the Consolidated Ontario Education Statutes and Regulations).

Information about the certification program is available from the approved delivery organizations. In 1996-97 the SOQP was offered by: The Catholic Community Delivery Organization, James McGirr (905) 890-0708 ext. 4370 or 4400; Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network, Reg Shadbolt (613) 545-6223; Metropolitan Toronto School Board, Margaret Wolchak (416) 397-2595; Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation, Marg Couture (905) 238-0200.

PS Calendar

If you would like to list your conference or event in Professionally Speaking, please contact the College library with the information: fax (416) 961-8822; phone (416) 961-8800 ext. 679 or e-mail:

May 21-23
3rd International Conference on the Child

The Family and Children's Rights in the Year 2000

Montreal, Quebec
Contact: Organization for the Protection of Children's Rights
5167 Jean-Talon est.,
Suite 370, Montreal
H1S 1K8

tel: (514) 593-4303
fax: (514) 593-4659

May 26-30
Milk International Children's Festival

Forums and performances for school audiences

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ont.

Contact: Harbourfront Box Office
tel: (416) 973-4000

June 18-22
Canadian Library Association Conference and Trade Show

Ottawa, Ontario

Contact: Beverly Patacairik
tel: (613) 232-9625 ext. 304

June 20
Ontario College of Teachers

Council Meeting

121 Bloor St. East, 6th Floor

Contact: Charlie Morrison
tel: (416) 961-8800 ext. 628

June 29 - July 1
Dimensions of Learning

The 5th Annual Summer Users Conference
Philadelphia, Penn.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Contact: ASCD
1250 N. Pitt St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

tel: 1-800-933-2723

fax: (703) 299-8631

July 6-11
The International Association of School Librarianship & the Association for Teacher-Librarianship in Canada Joint Conference:

Bridging the Gap: Information Rich but Knowledge Poor

Vancouver, B.C.

Contact: Lynne Lighthall

4093 W. 14th Ave.
Vancouver, B.C. V6R 2X3

tel: (604) 228-1480

July 20 - 22
National Association of Secondary School Principals

Leadership Academy: Building Learning Communities for All Students

Boston, Mass.

Contact: NASSP
tel: 1-800 253-7746 ext. 238
fax: (703) 476-5490

July 23 - 26
National Association of Secondary School Principals

3rd International Convention of Principals

Boston, Mass.

Contact: NASSP
tel: 1-800 253-7746 ext. 238
fax: (703) 476-5490

August 22
Ontario Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Summer Institute

Multiple Intelligences

Presenters: Carlene Ridley, Ann Donahue, Carleton Board of Education

Location: Immaculata High School, Ottawa, Ontario

Contact: Jim Tayler
tel: (613) 748-0060
fax: (613) 749-3187

September 8-10
1997 CEA Convention

Creating School Success, Combatting School Failure

The Harbour Castle Westin Hotel
Toronto, Ontario

Contact: Canadian Education Association
252 Bloor St. W. Suite 8-200
Toronto M5S 1V5
tel: (416) 924-7721

September 11 - 12
Ontario College of Teachers

Council Meeting

121 Bloor St. East, 6th Floor

Contact: Charlie Morrison
tel: (416) 961-8800 ext. 628

October 25 - 26
Ontario Modern Language Teachers' Association

Fall Symposium

Nipissing University, North Bay

Contact: Lise Moore
tel: (905) 681-2143 (after 1 p.m. daily)

November 13 - 15
Ontario School Counsellors' Association

OSCA '97 "Today! Tomorrow! Together!"

International Plaza and Hotel Conference Centre, Toronto

Contact: Ward Pipher
tel: (905) 820-1347 ext. 6
or Sue Allen
tel: (905) 812-1376 ext. 606

December 5 - 6
Northeast Region ASCD Affiliate Conference Assessment

Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Mass.

Contact: Mary Forte Hayes
tel: (617) 237-7881
fax: (617) 237-7810

December 11 - 12
Ontario College of Teachers

Council Meeting

121 Bloor St. East, 6th Floor
Contact: Charlie Morrison
tel: (416) 961-8800 ext. 628