"A guidance-oriented approach is a concerted approach by a school team and its partners, in which objectives are set and services (individual and collective), tools and pedagogical activities implemented to guide students in their identity development and career planning. These activities and services are integrated into the school’s success plan and its educational project; they are not simply a series of isolated actions in which the school team is not closely involved" (Making Dreams Come True: Achieving Success Through the Guidance-Oriented Approach, MEQ, 2002, p.18, emphasis added).
The GOAL Post
The GOAL Post* newsletter/blog highlights exciting GOAL-related activities in schools and in the community. As well, The GOAL Post contains a wealth of information on the Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC). Go to site
*The GOAL Post is published by the GOAL Network in collaboration with Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES), Direction du soutien au réseau éducatif anglophone (DSREA) and funded by MEES through the Canada-Québec Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction.
GOAL Teaching and Learning Tools
Teaching and Learning Tools are resources developed either individually by, or in collaboration between, the GOAL Network, the GOAL teaching community, the school boards, or LEARN.
GOAL Shared Content
In this section, GOAL "unofficial" lesson plans developed by our educational community will be posted.
Developing your own GOAL curriculum is an achievable undertaking. It can be accomplished:
• by working together with those in your educational and larger community
• by integrating materials and resources from the other sections found on this Web site into your existing classroom curriculum
• by a willingness to share your expertise with others
• by building on what is already successful in your classroom and at your school
Your GOAL coordinator at your school board is willing to assist you.
As an educational community, we have so much to share and learn from each other. Please send your lesson plans or other useful Web sites to us by contacting us.
Content Sharing Template Download
GOAL in Elementary Schools: Some Simple Strategies
This two-page document was created by Ingrid Hove-Gust, SWLSB. Download
GOAL Professional Learning
2018 – 2019 GOAL Network / ACGC Community of Practice (CoP) Meeting Dates
Meeting #4: Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Agenda and venus TBA.
Meeting #3: Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
Meeting #2: November 27, 2018.
Meeting #1: September 21, 2018.
Winter 2019: LCEEQ
Call for proposals Download
Winter 2018: LCEEQ
The theme of the 2018 LCEEQ Annual Conference was The Thinking Classroom. February 2018. Go to site
Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC)
CERIC advances education and research in career counselling and career development. Resources include surveys, researcher's database, publications, and literature searches. Go to site
GOAL Curated Resources (including Entrepreneurship)
Curated resources are helpful, vetted, external resouces (not developed by LEARN, our teaching community, or MEES).
- coming soon
Mathematics, Science and Technology
- Statistics Canada: Teachers Kits: Supports both elementary and secondary teachers in helping students develop basic statistical skills. It provides teachers with specific instructions on: finding interesting and grade-appropriate Canadian datasets; choosing appropriate graphs for different kinds of data; calculating basic statistical measures, with or without statistical software. Go to site
- The Adventures of Rafale - Environment and Sustainable Development (French): Government of Québec, Ministre du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques. Visit Le coin des éducateurs. Pedagogical activities, games and questionnaires are offered free. Go to site
- Tomatosphere by Let’s Talk Science. This resource for students in grades four to six provides many opportunities for students to develop inquiry skills as they investigate "why some tomato seeds might have been exposed to space or space-like conditions." Go to site
- Science.gc.ca: Government of Canada, Educational Resources include Ask a Scientist and Activity Book. Search by Type of Resource (Activities, General Resources, Lesson Plans) or by Educational Level (Elementary School, High School) and find Information for Teachers. Activity Book 7 includes experiments and activities from many different departments and agencies within the Government of Canada. This new version accommodates different age groups and skill levels. Go to site
- Scientists in School (SIS): SIS is dedicated to helping Kindergarten to Grade 8 students become 'scientists in their school', catalyzing long-lasting interest in science, technology, math, environmental stewardship and engineering and potentially encouraging future careers in science-related fields. Visit the Kidz Lab and For Teachers. Go to site
- Engineering is Elementary (EiE) (Boston). Grades one to five. “EiE serves children and educators in grades K–8 with research-based, teacher-tested curriculum materials for schools and after school programs. Go to site
- Canadian Space Agency. Government of Canada. Bring space to your classroom, and encourage your students' interest in science, math and technology. Go to site
- NASA for Students. Grade five to eight. Covers astronauts, the earth, rockets and space vehicles, the solar system, a “career corner” and more. Go to site
- Hope Builders - DVD: The documentary Hope Builders by filmmaker Fernand Dansereau is available at the National Film Board. This feature documentary zooms in on a Grade 6 class in Quebec where a teacher is implementing an experimental teaching method aimed at preparing children to take up environmental challenges. Over the course of a year, Dominique Leduc’s students will learn to identify, analyze and resolve a problem that exists in their world. This documentary can be used in a GOAL based activity or project on team-building, addressing environmental issues and making connections to the real world. Go to site
- Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF): Click on "Students" then "Opportunities for Students to Take Action" for a potential GOAL activity. Go to site
- Canadian Centre for Architecture: To live differently: A workshop for students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6. This program sensitizes students to their role as actors in society and invites them to collectively solve problems with their classmates, by exploring techniques of design, planning, and assembly. Go to site
- Weather Wise: A Virtual Exploration Guide to Weather and Climate: Presented by Canada Science and Technology Museum. With downloadable activity sheets and exercises, and the use of the Internet, students increase their awareness of the consequences of global warming by exploring common elements of weather, the greenhouse effect, and climate change. Emphasis is placed on what we can all do to slow down the production of greenhouse gases and the resulting environmental damage. Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities: To encourage students to develop an active relationship with their environment while maintaining a critical attitude towards exploitation of the environment, technological development and consumer goods. Geography, History and Citizenship Education: To interpret change in a society and its territory. Go to site
- Veterans Affairs: free resources for understanding and participating in Remembrance Day and Veterans' Week. See Tales of Animals in War, written for youth in kindergarten to grade 6 (ages 5 to 11), this newspaper explores the adventures of the Remembrance Clubhouse animals as they learn more about people’s experiences during times of war and military conflict. Also available are "Postcards for Peace," bookmarks, and posters. Go to site
- Virtual Museum of Canada: A wealth of information developed by the museum community and Department of Canadian Heritage. Browse the Teachers' Centre for "Learning Resources" and "Lesson Plans." Go to site
- myBlueprint, “All About Me” is a K-6 student driven portfolio. During 2018-2019, various English schools and school board in Québec are comparing Xello with myBlueprint. Contact your DEEN-CREATE representative to learn more. Go to site
- Career Cruising's Spark! for Grades 3-5. “Introduction and Overview of Spark!” This one-hour session walks you through the student side of the program and the tools available to an administrator in the Career Advisor Management System (CAMS). Go to site
- Xello is the rebranded version of Career Cruising. During 2018-2019, various English schools and school board in Québec are comparing Xello with myBlueprint. Contact your DEEN-CREATE representative to learn more. Go to site
- The Real Game (Grades 5-6): TRG is powered by Xello. This highly-interactive program requires students to assume adult roles, create simulated towns and businesses, and engage in international business ventures. Essential skills are developed and fostered, such as teamwork, decision-making, and the ability to make connections between school and future life/work roles. Go to site
General Career Development Resources
- CareerWise by CERIC. CareerWise offers a curated selection of relevant and thought-provoking articles on education, skills, counselling, employment and the workforce. Go to site
- HiHo Videos: Kids meet . . . people in a variety of jobs and careers. The children interview them, and they describe their occupations in child-friendly terms. Students may utilize these videos to develop examples of descriptions of various occupations. Videos can be found on Facebook and You Tube.
- Vocational Information Centre (VIC): Career Exploration Guides and Resources for Younger Students." Go to site
GOAL and Entrepreneurship
- Introduction to Entrepreneurial Culture: Project Development Guide for Teachers: This older guide provides a range of tools to assist teachers in their task and to understand the objectives for projects submitted under the Québec Entrepreneurship Contest (now OSEntreprendre) and the Introduction to Entrepreneurship Measure. Go to site
- Action Research for Community Problem Solving: Program Education Environmental Citizenship (PEEC): Developed by Claude Poudrie, the AR:CPS approach advocates a citizenship education learning strategy, which leads students to take concrete actions in their communities, given that the strategy is geared toward having them solve a real problem by developing and then implementing an action plan. Go to site
- BDC Entrepreneurial Potential Self-Assessment Quiz: BDC (Business Development Canada) is dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. The "Entrepreneur's Toolkit" includes the online entrepreneurial potential self-assessment quiz, which consists of 50 questions and should take about 10 minutes to complete. Business templates and other resources are all free. Go to site
- GoVenture (Commercial + Free materials): GoVenture is one of the original and most widely used series of educational games and simulations in the world. Over a decade in the making, GoVenture represents the future of learning: experiential, social, and gamified. Lemonade Stand: Go to site
- Dragon's Den Blog: This popular CBC series features aspiring entrepreneurs who pitch their ideas to celebrity investors. The Dragon's Den Blog includes valuable articles on what makes a successful entrepreneur. The episodes, the pitches, and other relevant links can be accessed through the blog. Students can gain ideas for pitching their projects, practice pitching, and develop confidence. Go to site
- Bizworld (Friendship Bracelets) (Commercial, USA): Bizworld teaches children the basics of entrepreneurship, business, and finance in a hands-on manner. This project-based learning program gives children the opportunity to learn first-hand how to start and operate their own business. See Teacher Resources Go to site
- EntreEd (National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education) K-12 USA: For teachers and others who help students all ages find their own entrepreneurial opportunities. EntreEd champions entrepreneurship education and provides advocacy, leadership, networking, technical assistance, and resources nationally across all levels and disciplines of education, promoting quality practices and programs. EntreEd states that entrepreneurship provides a viable answer to many issues related to opportunities for women and minorities, disaffected youth, rural economic development, global competition, unemployment, invention and innovation, financial literacy, and application of core subjects. Go to site
- Ensuring a Smooth Transition from Elementary to High School. Québec 2012. The purpose of this guide is to provide people in the education and health and social services systems with information about the nature of a smooth transition, thus allowing them to analyze, improve and implement measures aimed at meeting students’ needs with respect to their transition from elementary to secondary school. Go to site
- Elementary to Secondary School Transition: Ontario Ministry of Education: Resources include: Fresh Starts and False Starts: Young People in Transition from Elementary to Secondary School (PDF, 4.33 MB); and Transition and Pathway from Elementary to Secondary School: A Review of Selected Literature (PDF, 492 KB). Go to site
Events and Contests
- Let's Talk Science Challenge. The Let’s Talk Science Challenge is a team-based, competitive enrichment event for Grades 6-8 students that takes places each Spring. Let's Talk Science Challenge 2019 will take place at the McIntyre Building of McGill University. At the same time, UQÀM will be hosting their first ever Défi Parlons sciences in French. Schools with immersion programs are welcomed to register their students in either challenge depending on their language of education. There will also be an event in the Eastern Townships, in Sherbrooke. For more details, please Go to site
- Science Literacy week. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Annual event in mid-September. Upcoming September 16-22, 2019. See resources for kids. Go to site
- Green Apple School Program (Metro and Super C Grocery Stores): The goal of the updated Green Apple School Program is to encourage Québec students to adopt healthy eating habits by participating in a project that will have a positive impact on their home, school or community. Metro will invest $1 million by awarding $1,000 grants to elementary and high schools in Québec. Application deadline is usually March 31. Go to site
- Défi Osentreprendre (formerly the Québec Entrepreneurship Contest): Student participants must be Québec residents and be enrolled in a public or private educational institution recognized by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur. The completed electronic registration must be officially submitted to the OSEntreprendre Challenge by the deadline of 4 p.m. on March 12, 2019. Go to site
GOAL MEES Resources
Academic and Career Guidance Content (ACGC) / Contenus en orientation scolaire et professionelle (COSP)
ACGC is specific learning content for students from Elementary Cycle Three to Secondary Cycle Two. These content items and their accompanying Expected Student Learning Outcomes address three broad themes: self-knowledge, knowledge of the world of school, and knowledge of the world of work. For further information and documentation, please see the ACGC (Elementary) section of this site. Go to page
2017-2018: Implementation of the ACGCs compulsory in Elementary Cycle Three.
2018-2019: Implementation of the ACGCs compulsory in Secondary Cycle One.
2019-2020: Implementation of the ACGCs compulsory in Secondary Cycle Two.
For more information about ACGC, contact your school board's GOAL consultant. For the latest news and updates on ACGC, see also The GOAL Post. Go to site
Making Dreams Come True
Making Dreams Come True: Achieving Success Through the Guidance-Oriented Approach (2002) is the foundational Ministry document outlining GOAL's rationale, definition and objectives, and provides examples of classroom projects. Download
Ensuring a Smooth Transition from Elementary to Secondary School
This guide provides education and health and social services personnel with information so that they may analyse and improve measures aimed at meeting students' needs during their elementary to secondary transition. Download