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On this website, multi-level teams (classroom, school and board) of educators and students provide answers to the question, “What’s the difference that makes the difference?” as they discuss key factors that lead to student success and help close achievement gaps in their boards. Their stories are captured as Skype conversations with supporting artefacts and relevant data.

The purpose of the website is to foster conversations about effective and differentiated instruction and about collaborative inquiry as a way of learning for educators. You are encouraged to make connections to your own practice and context.

Although a particular focus or initiative may serve as a catalyst for change, the conversations describe a synergy–an interaction of a variety of supports and conditions that have a positive impact on student learning. Over the course of the conversations, five key themes emerged as being common to all of the boards. Click on a theme or a board to find out more. 

Want to Delve Deeper?

Related resources and research, with questions to guide your thinking, practice and planning for professional learning, are included in the Delve Deeper section at the bottom of each Theme page.


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Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board
Kenora Catholic School Board
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Limestone District School Board
District School Board Ontario North East
Durham District School Board
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Delve Deeper – Exploring Ideas for Professional Learning

Guiding Questions

You’ll find discussion questions related to professional learning on each theme page. You can use the questions to think about your own learning or to start a conversation with learning teams. What’s the difference that is making (or will make) the difference? is a key question you or teams can revisit when thinking about student engagement, achievement and well-being.

Supports for Practice

This section points to a variety of resources that you can check out to support learning and practice - yours or for an educator learning team.

We also want to hear your story. Please go to Contact Us to let us know what you’re doing that has made a difference. You’ll notice social media icons on each page, feel free to share as you please. Are you using a tool in a different way than might be expected? Have you revamped something you found here for your learners?

Research Connections

You will find a variety of research based materials here - articles, publications as well as quotes and excerpts from experts related to (learning, teaching and leading). Use them to focus your learning or your team’s learning to delve deeper into areas of practice that make a difference.