Cohort 21

Cohort 21 is not your typical professional development. It's a highly personalized learning experience supported by an active community of educators. Being a member of Cohort 21 means committing to an eight-month process of professional growth and inquiry. The Cohort 21 experience is facilitated through four face-to-face sessions that are interconnected through rich online collaboration, blogging and conversation.

2021-22 Season 10 - Registration Now Open!

Cohort 21's mission is to build a community of passionate CIS Ontario educators who are interested in refining and redesigning their practice through the exploration of new pedagogies, ideas and learning tools. This year we are excited to celebrate 10 years of professional learning and action with the launch of our 10th season

The last two school years have been unlike any other that any of us can remember in education. As educators, we experienced disruptive social, technological and pedagogical change at a pace and depth that we are only now beginning to see and feel the impact of in our schools. With much of the same uncertainty still present for the coming academic year, we need opportunities like Cohort 21 to provide a rich inter-school professional learning community to support change and innovation.

Professional learning communities like Cohort 21 are more important than ever. If you are looking for supportive, inspirational and collaborative professional learning community to help guide your practice this year Cohort 21 may be for you! 

Cohort 21 is not your typical professional development. Being a member of Cohort 21 means committing to an eight month process of professional growth and inquiry. As a member, YOU WILL:

  • be engaged in a highly personalized learning experience supported by an active community of educators.
  • take part in four face to face sessions held at different locations (Virtual or Live)
  • participate on social media platforms (Twitter, your own Cohort 21 Blog)
  • use Design Thinking to support your Action Plan process
  • engage in your own personalized Action plan.

Click here to read feedback from the Cohort 21 alumni who have successfully completed the programme.

Welcome to a Professional Growth and Action Opportunity

Watch our launch announcements for curriculum leaders and for teachers.

Curriculum Leaders


Key Dates 2021-22

Please Note: The final dates for the last two sessions will be determined by the will of the group and/or possible locations if we can gather in-person. Only one of Friday or Saturday will be the final confirmed date. The current ambiguity is to allow some flexibility once the program gets underway and to allow for input from the participants.

Registration closes September 30th


Learn More from this Infographic

Cohort 21 Season 10 Infographic

Did You Know?

Cohort 21 was born in 2012 when 20 passionate educators came together one Saturday morning to talk and think about the future of education.  We may have grown and the world has changed around us but the mission is still the sameto build a community of passionate CIS Ontario educators who are interested in refining and redesigning their practice through the exploration of new pedagogies, ideas and tools. 



Garth Nichols
Lead Facilitator

Justin Medved
Lead Facilitator

CIS Ontario: Follow Cohort 21 on Twitter
For additional information, please contact:
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/ Event Manager

Imagine finding yourself surrounded by 50 like-minded professionals with only one idea in their head: "How can we help each other become better teachers?".

— Tomas Paz Johnstone, Crestwoood Preparatory College


Cohort 21 featured on the Google for Education: Transformation Center.

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