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CODE is pleased to announce that Monique Ménard, Director of Education at Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord is the Chair of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education for 2016-2017


Œuvrant dans le domaine de l’éducation et de la gestion depuis près de 25 ans, Mme Ménard est titulaire d’un BAC, concentration en administration des affaires, d’une maîtrise en leadership, d’un brevet d’agente de supervision et d’un spécialiste en enfance en difficulté. Elle a également suivi de nombreuses formations dans les domaines des ressources humaines, de la santé et sécurité au travail, de la planification stratégique, de la gestion de projets, du développement organisationnel et de la gestion axée sur les résultats. Au cours des années, elle a assumé des postes d’enseignante, de diagnosticienne, d’enseignante ressource, de direction-adjointe, de direction d’école, de surintendance, de vice-présidente au Collège Boréal, et de consultante indépendante dans le domaine du leadership, de la gestion, de l’efficacité personnelle et systémique, de la santé et sécurité et du développement organisationnel. Elle détient son poste de direction générale du Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord depuis 2013.

Having worked in education and management for almost 25 years, Ms. Ménard holds a BA with concentrations in linguistics and Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Leadership, a supervisory officer’s certificate and a Special education specialist qualification. She also has various training and certificates in human resources, organizational development, project management, strategic planning and health and safety. During her career, she assumed various positions including but not limited to: resource teacher for exceptional children, diagnostic teacher for schools in the Nipissing region, vice-principal, principal, supervisory officer, improvement coach (personal and systemic), vice-president, corporate services at College Boréal, independent consultant in both business and education and, since 2013, is the Director of Education at Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord.

CODE Represents:

Association des gestionnaires en éducation franco-ontarienne (AGEFO)
Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers' Association (OCSOA)
Ontario Public Supervisory Officials' Association (OPSOA)

The Technology and Learning Fund

Makes a Difference for Ontario’s Students

There is no doubt that classrooms and schools in Ontario are changing with the introduction of technology enabled learning and teacher and student innovation. District School Boards are reporting heightened student engagement, deeper learning of 21st Century skills and increases in student achievement. To learn about the exciting changes taking place I encourage you to read the Technology and Learning Newsletters that tell the story of technology changing teacher practice and the growth of 21st Century student learners. Recently posted Newsletter #4 shares board success stories of opportunities to increase student achievement, and includes student and teacher testimonies about the significant impact that technology has on their learning and their life.

Frank Kelly
Executive Director, CODE

Technology Newsletter No. 1 - May 2015
Technology Newsletter No. 2 - September 16, 2015
Technology Newsletter No. 3 - March 2016
Technology Newsletter No. 4 - August 2016

Go to the Technology and Learning Fund site to find out more.

Leadership for Learning Academy

The Leadership for Learning Academy is developed in partnership with OCSOA, OPSOA and AGEFO and is intended to provide Ontario Directors and Superintendents with an opportunity to engage in an inquiry based professional learning experience that focus' on system – wide innovation and technology enabled pedagogical practice.

Find out more.

New Equity and Education Web Resource


Responding to requests from school boards for a companion piece that builds on and enhances the information contained in Going Deeper, CODE is pleased to introduce a complementary online component to the Going Deeper rubric. Here you will find practical information, tips, resources and "Look Fors," conveniently broken down into modules reflecting the rubric's eight areas of focus. It's all designed to help guide your board toward effective implementation of Equity and Inclusive Education in Ontario's schools.

Visit the Going Deeper web resource at

Equity and Inclusive Education: Going Deeper


"Every student has the opportunity to succeed,
regardless of ancestry, culture, ethnicity, gender,
gender identity, language, physical
and intellectual ability, race, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, socio-economic status
or other factors."

(Achieving Excellence, Ministry of Education)

Developed by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE), in consultation with a representative group of English- and French-language board system leaders and with support and funding from the Ministry, Equity and Inclusive Education: Going Deeper establishes a set of policy outcomes presented in the form of a Rubric. It is intended to assist and support boards in achieving the best academic and social outcomes among all students. Equity and Inclusive Education: Going Deeper provides an opportunity for boards to look to the future, and take those steps that will support continued implementation in order that all students can reach their full potential, regardless of background or personal circumstances. For more information and to use/download the Rubric.....

More Information and Downloads - Updated on November 27, 2014


Strong Districts and Their Leadership

Update October 2015 - A new article has been published related to the work done in the Strong Districts and Their Leadership project. De-mystifying Effective District leadership, A Seven-year CODE, IEL, MOE Collaboration, by Kenneth Leithwood and Catherine McCullough.

Project & Report - In the 2012/2013 school year the Council of Directors of Education in partnership with the Institute of Education Leadership (IEL) commissioned Dr Ken Leithwood to identify and describe, from the best available research, the characteristics of high performing school systems and the leadership required to develop such systems.

Go to the the Current Project page to learn more and download the report.

Parent Engagement is Important to Student Success

The Council of Ontario Directors of Education is pleased to provide two new resources to support parents.

Update October 2015 - New materials have been developed to assist Parents to inspire their children to learn and love math. (Elementary Grades)

BackParent Engagementground - Several sets of materials have been developed by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Go to the Parent Engagement web page.

Accédez à la page Web la participation des parents

Listening Stone

The Listening Stone Project

Update March 2016 - Reporting on the Findings from the Ontario Ministry of Education's First Nations, Métis and Inuit Focused Collaborative Inquiry Initiative 2013 – 2014 and 2014-2015

Click Here to go to the Listening Stone Project and read the recently posted Year Two Report

Strengthening Partnerships Between:
CODE and Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health

Student well-being "lives" in the context of child and youth well-being and as such, school boards and public health units share in this important mandate. Strong partnerships that focus efforts on strategic priorities can improve health outcomes for children and students, positively affect their achievement and reduce preventable illness and injuries, which in turn will contribute to a healthier and better-educated citizenry.

Working toward these shared mandates and common goals, in October 2013 the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) and the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (COMOH) formed a provincial partnership committee.

Go to the CODE-COMOH Page to find out more.

CODE Summer Learning Project

2014 Planning Guide

Summer Learning 2014

CODE has developed a revised Summer Learning Program Planning Guide for district school boards. The Guide offers a brod range of examples and also details deliverables and expectations for summer learning programs.

2014 Planning Guide and more information in English & French

CODE Health & Safety in Schools Project

Health & Safety

As part of the CODE Health and Safety In Schools project and as a support to the Ontario Ministry of Education Student Injury Prevention Initiative a series of student safety resource guides and safety checklists have been developed for student safety in Grade 7 to 12 science labs and technological education facilities.

New: Executive Summary in English & French Posted April 16, 2014.


Other CODE Projects Include:

The Listening Stone Project

Learning from the Ontario Ministry of Education's First Nations, Métis and Inuit Focused Collaborative Inquiry Initiative 2013 - 2014.

Click Here to go to the Listening Stone Project.

CODE Summer Learning Project: 2013 Report

CODE with funding from the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat continues to coordinate a summer learning program and research study designed to help primary students close the achievement gap.

CODE Advisories

CODE has developed a series of advisories to assist senior administrators. These brief statements on practical aspects of administration and student learning are concise and based on the experience of practitioners and include a historical and political perspective where needed.


CODE manages the School College Work Initiative (SCWI) which has developed numerous projects across the province and provides forums at the regional level to facilitate pathways for students going to college.


CODE administre l'Initiative de jonction écoles-collèges-milieu de travail (IJECT) comprenant de nombreux projets partout en province incluant des forums régionaux, le tout ayant comme objectif de faciliter l'accès au collège pour les élèves du secondaire.

CODE Past Projects

CODE on its own and in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Education has completed a number of projects focused on specific educational initiatives that are of interest to our membership.