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School Board / School Authority
YMCA of Greater Toronto
Your Role
Manager of Professional Learning


Hello all!

I am currently Manager of Professional Learning with the YMCA of Greater Toronto after 40 years teaching students & teachers.

As a founding teacher at the YMCA Academy – a secondary school serving youth who prefer an alternative approach - I learned a great deal about Harm Reduction, Appreciative Inquiry, and the Transtheoretical Stages of Change model.

I've been involved in technology supported, project-based learning since the late 1970s (yeah, yeah - LONG time ago!) and I continue to explore & develop deep applications of the latest Web 2.0 technologies – particularly as it relates to learner agency, passion, motivation and cognitive intent. 

I serve on the Board of Directors of iEARN-Canada, the conference committee for the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario, and am a global ambassador with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

I support both face-to-face and online learning for the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and am also co-founder of the Minds On Media model of professional learning which truly reflects how I wish classrooms to be. 

I encourage all students & teachers to be mindful – to ‘take charge of their own learning’. If you'd like to learn more about my thoughts, ahas, frustrations and excitement regarding education check out The Construction Zone!

Love…rock-climbing, motorcycles, mountains, oceans…yeah, adventures – even at my age!! lol

Find me online at:

Twitter: @peterskillen


Blog: The Construction Zone

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At 6:26pm on May 10, 2013, Hanca Chang said…

Happy Friday, Peter, and welcome to Mentoring Moments! Looking forward to meeting you at the Leadership Skills for Classroom Teachers session next week. Best, Hanca


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