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Harvard University Center on the Developing Child

Through partnerships and innovative programs the Center brings forth research on pedagogy, child development, and tools that will help you develop your teaching practice to better serve your students.

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child

Supporting English Language Learners

Grades 1- 8 Video and Print Resources
This resource provides a rich source of exemplary teaching practices that can be put to immediate use in the classroom and in the school. It also exemplifies best practices of schools welcoming newcomers and working effectively with community partners and families.
The print resources facilitate note-taking, inquiry, reflection and planning before, during and after viewing. Download the Viewer’s Guide in PDF for complete instructions on how to use the print and video resources.

Supporting English Language Learners

The Balanced Literacy Diet

This resource provides an overview of balanced literacy in the elementary grades. It was developed by university-based and school-based literacy experts, working together to put what is known about best practice into a form that we hope you will find both effective and practical.

The Balanced Literacy Diet

Math Knowledge Network

The MKN uses evidence-informed practices to improve mathematics education. The three guiding principles: addressing educator-identified needs for improved student learning, changing attitudes toward mathematics and fostering inclusion. The 4 contributing communities of practice include Math Leadership, Critical Transitions, Indigenous Knowledge, and Computational Thinking. Supported by many Ontario school boards, universities, and education organizations, the MKN is a hub for resources that you can use in your classroom, and as a tool to expand your knowledge of mathematics education to further develop your professional practice.

Math Knowledge Network

Learning for a Sustainable Future – Pedagogical Resources

Never before have the demands placed on education been greater. As the world’s population nears the 7.5 billion mark and environmental limits are being exceeded, educational practice needs to change to better prepare citizens to address the rising economic social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. This requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for a sustainable future.
LSF has developed a series of professional development tools to assist educators in implementing transformative learning and teaching in their classrooms.

Learning for a Sustainable Future – Pedagogical Resources

Google Tools for Education

Wishing you know more about Google tools for education? Wish no more! Google has an entire library of online tutorials to help you, from basics of using their platform to info on how to use the tools to facilitate learning of the diverse needs of the students in your classrooms.

Google Tools for Education

Everyday Mental Health Resource

This resource was co-developed over the past two years by School Mental Health ASSIST and ETFO. It has been designed to provide K – 8 educators with evidence-based strategies to help develop the social and emotional learning skills of students in the following areas:
Stress Management and Coping Skills;
Emotion Identification Skills;
Positive Motivation Skills;
Relationship Skills;
Self Confidence and Identity Skills; and
Executive Functioning Skills.
These activities were informed and field tested by ETFO members. In addition, ETFO members were involved in a research project to determine the efficacy of the activities.

Everyday Mental Health Resource

The Speech-language Resources Website

The Speech-language Resources Website has a variety of high quality programs, books, booklets and worksheets, many of them free, that can be used in your classroom. The learning activities are designed to support your students’ comprehension and use of spoken and written language. The resources can be used for students across the K-12 years.

The Speech-language Resources Website

Differentiation Is / Differentiation is Not Infographic Poster

This infographic poster looks at the definition of differentiation in terms of what it is and what it is not.

Differentiation Is / Differentiation is Not Infographic Poster

Characteristics of Differentiated Instruction Poster

This infographic poster is a quick summary of how teachers can differentiate instruction for students in various ways.

Characteristics of Differentiated Instruction Infographic Poster