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Phase 3: Implementation

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The Curriculum and Resources website is designed to help educators, parents, students, teacher candidates and the public access the curriculum and related learning resources in a user- and mobile-friendly format. A downloadable version of each curriculum is available on the website.

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Each curriculum on the Curriculum and Resources website has a version history section that lists any updates that were made to the curriculum after it was issued. The ministry strives to issue each curriculum in the spring to ensure that educators have sufficient time to plan for the next school year. Teacher supports and other resources are sometimes added to the curriculum after the issuance of the curriculum context and the mandatory expectations. In addition, edits to the curriculum may be made following issuance to correct minor errors. These updates are documented in the version history section.

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Implementation of curriculum is supported through a set of resources developed by the ministry for each revised curriculum and posted on the Curriculum and Resources website. These resources include the following:

  • Key Changes document: This document highlights the revisions made to the previous version of the curriculum.
  • Parent’s Guide: This guide for parents provides an overview of the revised or new curriculum to support parents in making connections between what their child is learning at school with their child’s learning outside the classroom.
  • Webinars and other professional learning opportunities: These resources are designed for educators and focus on providing more information about the revised curriculum expectations, effective teaching and assessment practices and various topics that support curriculum implementation.

To support school boards and schools with the implementation of a revised curriculum, the ministry provides annual funding to school boards through the education funding formula for textbooks and learning resources, digital resources and curriculum implementation.

In addition to ministry-developed resources and webinars, the ministry often partners with third-party organizations to provide educators with access to additional classroom-ready resources and professional learning supports, including sample lesson and assessment plans, introductory training sessions, planning supports and webinars.

The ministry informs school boards whenever implementation resources and teacher supports are added to the Curriculum and Resources website.

To promote effective evaluation of the resources and efficient use of funds, the ministry:

  • requires every third-party organization that supports resource development to collect feedback on the effectiveness of their resources and to report back to the ministry
  • collects feedback on its available resources through the Curriculum and Resources website
  • offers educators an opportunity to fill out a feedback form or survey after participating in ministry-led professional learning opportunities
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In Ontario classrooms, educators use two categories of learning resources to support their teaching: textbooks and supplementary resources.  

School boards are required to select Minister-approved textbooks from the provincial Trillium List for use in their schools. A textbook on the Trillium List is a comprehensive learning resource that meets criteria established by the Ministry of Education. It may consist of a single resource or a package of resources, and may be in print or digital format, or a combination of both.  

A supplementary resource is any learning resource that is not a textbook. Examples include storybooks, novels, dictionaries, instructional guides and online learning tools. A supplementary resource is not comprehensive. It supports only a limited number of curriculum expectations, or the curriculum expectations in a single strand, as outlined in the curriculum policy document for a subject or course.  

School boards are expected to ensure an effective process is in place for the selection of supplementary resources and that learning resources are appropriate to the diverse learning strengths and interests of their students, age-appropriate, free from bias and discrimination and enable the promotion of inclusion. More information about textbooks and supplementary learning resources can be found in the Appendix.