Making the Connection: Growing Collegiality and Collaboration Between K–12 and PSE Educators

The Conference Board of Canada, 74 pages, March 1, 2018
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This report offers insights into how partnerships and communities of practice can improve the connection between K–12 and PSE educators in the arts, humanities, and social sciences—to the benefit of educational institutions, educators, and students.

Document Highlights

The expansion of post-secondary education (PSE) in recent decades has made the need for cohesion between primary/secondary education (K–12) and PSE more obvious. One way to improve the connectivity of K–12 and PSE is to encourage collegial relationships and collaboration between educators in the two sectors. In collegial environments, K–12 and PSE educators can expand their networks; identify collaborators who contribute to their teaching or development as an educator; and address issues of mutual importance as peers.

This report offers examples for supporting collegial environments in which K–12 and PSE educators can collaborate. It also offers recommendations that policy-makers, K–12 and PSE leaders, and providers of educator professional development can implement to improve the K–12/PSE connection.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1–Introduction

  • Making Connections Between K–12 and PSE
  • About This Report
  • Limitations

Chapter 2–School–PSE Connections for Educator Learning

  • Reasons for K–12 and PSE Connections
  • Benefits of Collegiality and Collaboration Between K–12 and PSE
  • Missed Connections
  • Ways K–12 and PSE Educators Can Collaborate
  • School–PSE Partnerships for Co-learning

Chapter 3–School–PSE Collaboration for Teaching the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

  • Three Case Studies of Collaboration
  • A Pan-Canadian Network of History Educators
  • A Regional Community of Practice in the Arts
  • Team-Teaching for College Preparation

Chapter 4–Making the Connection

  • Lessons for Successful School–PSE Collaborations
  • What’s Missing From School–PSE Connections?
  • Recommendations for Supporting School–PSE Collaborations
  • Conclusion

Appendix A–Bibliography

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