2023 CALE Summer Institute – Invitation to apply

Learning and Designing Together: A Community of Teachers for Critical Action

  • Create culturally responsive curricula that empower students in the face of important issues of our time
  • Discuss critical pedagogies with a community of teachers and researchers from around the world
  • Develop meaning and purpose in your teaching, as you provide the same for your students

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For the second consecutive year, we are inviting teachers and educational innovators to join a unique professional learning community, organized at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. This Summer, educators from around the world will meet online to explore important ideas in Critical Action pedagogy and pressing issues, such as climate change, social justice, poverty and economic perspectives, career identity, the future of democracy, new technologies and more. You will have the opportunity to work with teachers from multiple countries and backgrounds to design new curricula that empower your students in the face of local and global issues affecting themselves and their communities.

The 2023 CALE Summer Institute: This August, teachers who wish to join CALE can take advantage of a FREE summer institute. Online activities will start on August 1st, and we will meet on Zoom on the following Tuesdays and Wednesdays (August 8, 9, 15 and 16).

Meetings will include guest panels of researchers on related themes, such as learning spaces (i.e., learning inside and outside the classroom), the impact of new technologies on learning, and culturally relevant education. Experienced CALE teachers will present and discuss successful lesson designs and experiences and will help new members of the community to incorporate critical action into their practice. You will also work closely in small groups with fellow teachers to design new critical action curricula. 

To support teachers in their design work, CALE offers a framework that includes a set of critical action approaches, including arts-based methods, storytelling, community engagement, critical action games, and critical making. Each approach is accompanied by examples and a design guide. The end product of the Summer Institute will be a complete lesson plan and implementation plan.

Your participation: Teachers who join the summer workshop and the broader CALE community will be assured of personal privacy and security of their information. They will be able to choose how much information to share and will collaborate with peers in a safe space. By the end of the workshop, participants will ideally have a draft lesson plan that they can work into their 2023-24 curriculum, as well as active membership in CALE going forward into the school year.

2023 CALE Summer InstituteFREE application and participationFully onlineActivities start on August 1st. Meetings will happen on Zoom on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (August 8, 9, 15 and 16)Limited spots available
Submit your application here: https://forms.gle/rAjWsY1AQp5DymbR7 (or click here to access)

The CALE community of teachers: The broader goal of CALE is to support teachers not only in designing such activities but in reflecting on their enactment and supporting one another during the school year. The design of such learning activities is a nuanced challenge, and one best achieved through close cooperation amongst teachers, including sharing and exchanging resources and lesson designs, and staying in touch as they enact their new designs during the school year. The ENCORE lab, a team of researchers, teachers and designers at the University of Toronto, has developed CALE as a safe space where teachers can develop and discuss their designs, exchange reports from classroom enactments, and engage in critical discussions.Learn more about CALE here: cale.org