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Staff Development Council of Ontario

Growth Through Staff Development


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.

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Learning Forward Ontario aims to improve student learning in Ontario by providing leadership and support for those responsible for professional development.

We facilitate this by:

  • promoting the Learning Forward’s New Definition of Staff Development;
  • promoting the development and use of the Learning Forward standards-based staff development processes;
  • providing forums for the sharing of expertise, experience, and resources;
  • supporting the development of a network of those responsible for professional learning in education;
  • facilitating collaboration with other professional organizations that pursue and support excellence in student learning;
  • conducting and disseminating research on professional development in Ontario.

Learning Forward Ontario 2016 - 2017 Board of Directors

  • PRESIDENT • MOSES VELASCO
  • Student Achievement Officer – Ministry of Education
  • TREASURER • DAWNE BOERSEN
  • Superintendent
  • Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board
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  • DIRECTORS AT LARGE

  • DR. JENNI DONOHOO
  • Provincial Literacy Lead
  • Literacy GAINS
  • BEATE PLANCHE, Ed.D.
  • Researcher/Consultant, Former Superintendent (Curriculum & Instructional Services)
  • York Region District School Board