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What's New

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Classroom Robotics and Acquisition of 21st Century Competencies

The final report of the CODE project Classroom Robotics and Acquisition of 21st Century Competencies has been posted on the Strategic Action Research page of our website. Click here to access full report.

"A Powerful Professional Development Opportunity for Senior Leaders"

A summary document has been developed by Ken Leithwood and Catherine McCullough to highlight their professional development for Senior Leaders.

This activity is endorsed by CODE and a number of district school boards are currently involved.

Click here to see this new document.

Bias – Free Decision Making

The Council of Ontario Directors of Education has begun a project to support Directors as they work towards building inclusive school systems that support bias free decision making for all students and school communities. The project will provide written resources and directions to assist senior management of boards in structuring fully inclusive school and board environments.

Directors will receive guidelines for examining biases and addressing issues through positive strategies in decision-making.

The project, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education, was introduced at the August 2017 meeting of CODE and will report to the January 2018 meeting of CODE.

Seven former Directors of Education are leading the project and gathering input from senior administrative teams across the province.

Canadian Education Association Announcement

The Canadian Education Association (CEA) is introducing EdCan Network memberships which is a broadening of access to CEA benefits. Check this out at

TLF Round Six Final Research Report

Click here to access the Final Report and Synopsis of Round Six 2016-17 'Chronicling the Impact of the 21st Century Innovation Research Initiative on Students, Teachers, and System.' It includes summaries of program use of technology in the Ontario District School Boards.

CODE Chair:

CODE is pleased to announce that Anna Marie Bitonti, Director of Education at the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board, is the Chair of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education for 2017-2018. Read the announcement.

Student Injury Prevention Initiative

Preventing student injury and creating greater safety awareness in ourschools is the goal of the ongoing Student Injury Prevention Initiative, acomprehensive program designed to help school boards plan their student safetyresponsibilities in a sustained, proactive and systematic way. And to furtherthose aims, CODE has launched , a"one-stop" online community for questions,and to shareresources that enhance student injuryprevention measures in schools and school boards across Ontario. With fundingfrom the Ministry of Education, this inclusive destination for principals,supervisors, board safety leads, and others responsible for student safety intheir schools pulls together the most up-to-date information and best practicesfor the prevention of student injuries in the province.

New research report:

Transforming Learning Everywhere by Dr. Ron Owston reviews innovative learning environments in Hamilton Wentworth District School Board

Playing to Learn Project

The first of a series of strategic action research projects coordinated by CODE 2015 - 17. The project report evaluates 'the impact of teacher support for the use of video games in Grade 7 and 8 classrooms'. More information and full report here.

Technology Enabled Learning

Just posted, CMEC Global Competencies: EnglishFrench - March 2017

The CODE Student Injury Prevention Initiative Phase Three

With support and funding from the Ministry of Education (EDU), the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) successfully coordinated Phase One and Phase Two of this important initiative. CODE will once again have a key role in facilitating Phase Three of the Student Injury Prevention Initiative (SIPI). This phase focuses on ensuring that student injury prevention is approached in a sustained, proactive and systematic way.
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Conceptual/Research Synthesis for Ontario’s Technology and Learning Fund Report

This Report looks closely at Ontario’s evolving, multi-phased 21st Century Teaching and Learning Strategy which builds upon strong, positive and collaborative relations between the Ministry of Education and education leaders in District School Boards. More information and report here.

Ontario Directors Of Education Look At Innovation 2016

The Ontario government has provided special grants to district school boards to enhance technology equipment and software within thier boards. Each director received funding to investigate what might be valuable for their system and has provided a brief summary here.

Update on Phase 5 of The Technology and Learning Fund

Posted here you will find the Curriculum Services Canada reports and the artefacts developed by the district school boards. These documents show the positive results of the development of new learning in Ontario enhanced by the Technology Learning Fund. Brief Summary.

CODE Represents:

CODEC - Conseil ontarien des directeurs et des directrices de l’education catholique
CODEP - conseil Ontarien des directions de education des conseils publics
ECCODE – English Catholic Council of Directors of Education
PCODE - Public Council of Ontario Directors of Education

The CODE Consortium for System Leadership and Innovation (CCSLI) releases Hargreaves and Shirley Report - Leading from the Middle: Spreading Learning, Well-being, and Identity Across Ontario.


The purpose of CCSLI is to enhance the educational experiences and outcomes for all students and staff. The Consortium builds connections and mobilizes knowledge among and within school boards, researchers, and the Ministry as well as through partnerships at the provincial and local levels.

Since 2005 CCSLI has represented ten Ontario district school boards that have been involved in this province-wide initiative.

The Consortium held a symposium on November 2, 2017, attended by close to 150 participants to hear about the report from Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley. The report and executive summary are posted on the CODE Consortium web page.

Go to the CCSLI web page to learn more.

Strong Districts and Their Leadership Learning Modules


The pursuit of exemplary leadership practices and improving the learning for all students is the fundamental role of school district leaders.

Quality leadership practices are necessary to support this.

Beginning in the 2012/2013 School Years CODE commissioned Dr. Ken Leithwood to document the qualities and conditions of Strong School Districts.

This was followed up with further work and study in Phase One (2015/2016) and Phase Two (Spring 2016 to present).

Go to the the updated SDL Project page to learn more.

The CODE Student Injury Prevention Initiative

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The Ministry of Education (EDU) introduced the Student Injury PreventionInitiative (SIPI) in January 2013. As noted in the Deputy Minister’s June 2016 memo, a “key initial objective of this initiative was to help establish and maintain a culture of safety mindedness in all school boards and schools as well as ensure that student injury prevention and safety is the highest of priorities for all.

Now in Phase Three CODE has a key role in facilitating Phase Three of the SIPI. This phase focuses on ensuring that student injury prevention is approached in a sustained, proactive and systematic way.

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The Technology and Learning Fund

Makes a Difference for Ontario’s Students

There is no doubt that classrooms and schools in Ontario are changing with the introduction of technology enabled learning and teacher and student innovation. District School Boards are reporting heightened student engagement, deeper learning of 21st Century skills and increases in student achievement. To learn about the exciting changes taking place I encourage you to read the Technology and Learning Newsletters that tell the story of technology changing teacher practice and the growth of 21st Century student learners. Recently posted Newsletter #4 shares board success stories of opportunities to increase student achievement, and includes student and teacher testimonies about the significant impact that technology has on their learning and their life.

Frank Kelly
Executive Director, CODE

On the Technology and Learning Fund site you will find the latest TLF Guides (February 2017), all of the the Newsletters plus Curriculum Services Canada reports and the artefacts developed by the district school boards.

Listening Stone

The Listening Stone Project

New November 2016
The Listening Stone Project Year Three Report

Click Here to go to the Listening Stone Project and read the recently posted Year Three Report which follows on the Year One and Year Two reports noted below.

The Listening Stone Project Year Three Report now available, focuses on Starting Points,Turning Points and Learning Points. This report documents change over time and provides details on the work accomplished through the Fist Nations, Métis and Inuit – Focused Collaborative Inquiry 2015-2016.

Reporting on the Findings from the Ontario Ministry of Education's First Nations, Métis and Inuit Focused Collaborative Inquiry Initiative 2013 – 2014,Year One and 2014-2015,Year Two are also posted. Click Here to read Year One and Year Two Reports.

Strengthening Partnerships Between:
CODE and Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health

Student well-being "lives" in the context of child and youth well-being and as such, school boards and public health units share in this important mandate. Strong partnerships that focus efforts on strategic priorities can improve health outcomes for children and students, positively affect their achievement and reduce preventable illness and injuries, which in turn will contribute to a healthier and better-educated citizenry.

Working toward these shared mandates and common goals, in October 2013 the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) and the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (COMOH) formed a provincial partnership committee.

Now available: January 12, 2018 Meeting Notes and the CODE/COMOH Committee's Terms of Reference updated April 2018.

Go to the CODE-COMOH Page to find out more.

Leadership for Learning Academy

The Leadership for Learning Academy is developed in partnership with OCSOA, OPSOA and AGEFO and is intended to provide Ontario Directors and Superintendents with an opportunity to engage in an inquiry based professional learning experience that focus' on system – wide innovation and technology enabled pedagogical practice.

Find out more.

New Equity and Education Web Resource


Responding to requests from school boards for a companion piece that builds on and enhances the information contained in Going Deeper, CODE is pleased to introduce a complementary online component to the Going Deeper rubric. Here you will find practical information, tips, resources and "Look Fors," conveniently broken down into modules reflecting the rubric's eight areas of focus. It's all designed to help guide your board toward effective implementation of Equity and Inclusive Education in Ontario's schools.

Visit the Going Deeper web resource at

Equity and Inclusive Education: Going Deeper


"Every student has the opportunity to succeed,
regardless of ancestry, culture, ethnicity, gender,
gender identity, language, physical
and intellectual ability, race, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, socio-economic status
or other factors."

(Achieving Excellence, Ministry of Education)

Developed by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE), in consultation with a representative group of English- and French-language board system leaders and with support and funding from the Ministry, Equity and Inclusive Education: Going Deeper establishes a set of policy outcomes presented in the form of a Rubric. It is intended to assist and support boards in achieving the best academic and social outcomes among all students. Equity and Inclusive Education: Going Deeper provides an opportunity for boards to look to the future, and take those steps that will support continued implementation in order that all students can reach their full potential, regardless of background or personal circumstances. For more information and to use/download the Rubric.....

More Information and Downloads - Updated on November 27, 2014

Parent Engagement is Important to Student Success

The Council of Ontario Directors of Education is pleased to provide two new resources to support parents.

Update October 2015 - New materials have been developed to assist Parents to inspire their children to learn and love math. (Elementary Grades)

BackParent Engagementground - Several sets of materials have been developed by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Go to the Parent Engagement web page.

Accédez à la page Web la participation des parents

CODE Summer Learning Project

2014 Planning Guide

Summer Learning 2014

CODE has developed a revised Summer Learning Program Planning Guide for district school boards. The Guide offers a brod range of examples and also details deliverables and expectations for summer learning programs.

2014 Planning Guide and more information in English & French

CODE Health & Safety in Schools Project

Health & Safety

As part of the CODE Health and Safety In Schools project and as a support to the Ontario Ministry of Education Student Injury Prevention Initiative a series of student safety resource guides and safety checklists have been developed for student safety in Grade 7 to 12 science labs and technological education facilities.

New: Executive Summary in English & French Posted April 16, 2014.


Other CODE Projects Include:

The Listening Stone Project

Learning from the Ontario Ministry of Education's First Nations, Métis and Inuit Focused Collaborative Inquiry Initiative 2013 - 2014.

Click Here to go to the Listening Stone Project.

CODE Summer Learning Project: 2013 Report

CODE with funding from the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat continues to coordinate a summer learning program and research study designed to help primary students close the achievement gap.

CODE Advisories

CODE has developed a series of advisories to assist senior administrators. These brief statements on practical aspects of administration and student learning are concise and based on the experience of practitioners and include a historical and political perspective where needed.


CODE manages the School College Work Initiative (SCWI) which has developed numerous projects across the province and provides forums at the regional level to facilitate pathways for students going to college.


CODE administre l'Initiative de jonction écoles-collèges-milieu de travail (IJECT) comprenant de nombreux projets partout en province incluant des forums régionaux, le tout ayant comme objectif de faciliter l'accès au collège pour les élèves du secondaire.

CODE Past Projects

CODE on its own and in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Education has completed a number of projects focused on specific educational initiatives that are of interest to our membership.