Tuesday, November 22, 2011

TARGET - A professional learning community

TARGET meetings are wonderful places to connect with like-minded educators:

"This past week I attended the first TARGET meeting of the year.  I came to this meeting with a plethora of ideas in my head about an Action Research project that I had an interest in but lacked any type of vision on how to proceed.  In conversation with a colleague from another school, I discovered that we shared a similar interest in the area of assessment.  We decided to collaborate on our Action Research and are excited about the opportunity to work on a valuable project together and the purpose that our research will ultimately serve.  TARGET provides the invaluable structure of a professional learning community; providing support for the development of educational research made through connections with like-minded educators throughout Southern Ontario. The food was good too!"
                                   - a satisfied TARGET member

Friday, November 18, 2011

Our first meeting - a great turnout!

On Thursday, November 17, TARGET welcomed 42 educators from 13 different schools to the first general meeting of the 2011/2012 academic year. Leanne Foster delivered an informative and humorous keynote on developing critical questions. Many relationships were formed through this thoughtful professional learning community. We are working at developing partnerships via peer mentoring, all in our quest to truly support and guide educators through the action research project. We look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on January 26.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

TARGET researcher published in the National Post

Roberta Longpré is an expert in the sleep habits of teenagers, and it is all because over the past decade many have showed up in her classroom each morning yawning and exhausted.
"In my last 10 years of teaching in four different schools I have seen a lot of tired teenagers," says the head of student services at Branksome Hall, a private girls' school in Toronto. "I started doing some reading into and looking at what's going on."
Ms. Longpré formulated plans for a full-fledged study after joining a research group called TARGET, short for Toronto Action Group for Excellence in Teaching.
Read her article in the National Post.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wine and Cheese October 13

The Toronto Action Research Group for Excellence in Teaching cordially invites you to a Wine and Cheese action research event.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Crescent School, Toronto

Keynote: Seonaid Davis
Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development at Havergal College

Seonaid has worked for the last twelve years as a teacher trainer at Havergal College. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Toronto in Curriculum Design. In her capacity as teacher trainer, Seonaid is responsible for ongoing mentoring of teachers that centres on the implementation of 'teaching for understanding' and effective assessment and instructional strategies. Seonaid will focus this keynote presentation on the significant role that action research has to play in teachers' ongoing development of reflective practices.

Wine and light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: Erica Sprules
416.785.3410 ext. 315

Meetings for the 2011/2012 Academic Year

Thursday, November 17
 3 pm - 5 pm at Crescent School

Thursday, January 26
 3 pm - 5 pm at Crescent School

Thursday, February 23
 3 pm - 5 pm at Crescent School

Thursday, April 12
 3 pm - 5 pm at Crescent School

All necessary materials will be provided, as will light refreshments at each meeting.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Publication in Dialogue Magazine

Leanne Foster (St. Clement's School) wrote an article entitled "Action Research: From Knowledge Keeper to Knowledge Seeker", which was published in the current edition of Dialogue Magazine. It explains the benefits to teachers of partaking in action research, as well as how to become a member of TARGET.

Click to view a copy of the article.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Successful 1st Annual TARGET Symposium!

The Sterling Institute hosted the 1st Annual TARGET Symposium on April 11. Thirty-six delegates from nine independent schools, one Ontario university, and one catholic school attended this celebration of action research. Such topics as a gap analysis of OSSLT results, test anxiety in physics classes, sleep patterns of high school girls, community service completion rates, mindulfness, and deciding upon the most appropriate tech tools were presented in a poster format. Fifteen other studies currently being completed were shared in round-table discussions.

Delegates also enjoyed a keynote from researcher Dr. Shelley Stagg Peterson from OISE entitled "Teachers Learning Together Through Action Research."

TARGET and The Sterling Institute would like to congratulate all 2010/2011 action researchers for their hard work and dedication to the field of education.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


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