We are CCSDL | Learning | Visionary | Perfection
We are the Canadian Coalition of Self Directed Learners. A group dedicated to sharing our experiences, challenges and opportunities for self-directed learning through a network of devoted Canadian educators.
“In its broadest meaning, ’self-directed learning’ describes a process by which individuals take the initiative, with or without the assistance of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identify human and material resources for learning, choosing and implement appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes. (M. Knowles, Principles of Androgogy, 1972)“
The purpose of the organization is to promote within, and externally, an understanding of each member schools program and culture fostering a knowledge of self-directed learning. Using the strength of our varied geographic locations our educational experiences and the uniqueness of our member schools programs we will disseminate information and promote self-directed learning.
Through a collaborative approach to professional development, member schools are encouraged to undertake joint projects, which will allow us to learn from each other. This supportive approach will assist members to address common concerns and seek solutions which will be of benefit.
Members of the organization will enhance self-directed learning through periodic review of the founding principles, research, current and best practices and utilizing the skills of the membership to enhance the model.
Member schools will serve as a resource to those groups who are interested in learning about self-directed instruction and will, where applicable, assist schools wishing to undertake self-paced, self-directed learning.
The 5 Pillars of Our Programs
1 – Independent Study
All material for courses is assembled into self-study packages known as Learning Guides. The Learning Guides also provide many opportunities for students to collaborate with each other. The ultimate goal of independent study is to foster a sense of ownership of the knowledge learned.
2 – Teacher-Advisor Role
Each of our students is assigned a teacher-advisor who they will remain with until graduation. Students will meet with teacher-advisors twice daily and for a longer period every week. It is the teacher-advisor’s duty to set goals, encourage them, make sure they are keeping on track, and communicate with parents.
3 – Continuous Progress
Students set their own individual pace for learning which allows for continuous progress. Continuous progress also allows the student to begin and finish courses at any time during the school year.
4 – Individualized Schedules
In Personalized Self-Directed Learning there is no master schedule or regular classes. Students move freely to learning centers accessing subject areas for support.
5 – Differentiated Staffing
The students will have support resources available to help them succeed throughout their high school career. Along with Teacher-Advisors, there are teachers and school assistants who are subject experts available to answer questions.