Guidance-Oriented Approach to Learning (GOAL)
"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
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For information about GOAL please contact Marsha Gouett.
*The GOAL Post is published by the GOAL Network in collaboration with the Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec (MEQ), Direction du soutien au réseau éducatif anglophone (DSREA) and funded by MEQ 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
GOAL activites developed by our educational community are posted in this section.
Developing your own GOAL activites is an achievable undertaking and 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 website 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
GOAL Network / ACGC Community of Practice (CoP) meeting dates for 2022-23:
Meeting #5: Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 1:00-4:00. Online.
Meeting #4: Monday, March 20, 2023, 9:00-12:00. Online.
Meeting #3: January 23, 2023. Online.
Meeting #2: November 8, 2022. Online.
Meeting #1: Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Online
(AQISEP) Association québécoise d'information scolaire et professionnelle, 53e congrès, June 2023
Details coming Go to site
LCEEQ 14th Annual Conference, Monday, February 6, 2023;Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Details coming soon. . . Go to site
CERIC Cannexus23, Virtual + In-Person,Ottawa, January 23-25, 2023
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This is the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) annual conference. "Be part of Canada's largest conference focused on career and workforce development. Choose between attending virtually or in-person at our first hybrid conference. Stretch your budget – Register by Sept. 9 to take advantage of special Gratitude rates!"Go to site
QPAT October 13-14, 2022
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The QPAT 2022 guest speaker is Rick Mercer. Check the QPAT convention site for Rick's bio. More details coming soon . ..Go to site
(AQISEP)Association québécoise d'information scolaire et professionnelle, 52e congrès, Célébrons l’évolution, June 15-17, 2022
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Le révolution intelligence artificielle "a le potentiel de transformer pratiquement tous les secteurs de l’économie dont le réseau de l’éducation, le marché du travail, etc. L’évolution, c’est un défi qui consiste à se préparer et à préparer les jeunes aux nouvelles compétences du marché du travail. Nous devons donc, dès maintenant, tenir compte du savoir, du savoir-être et du savoir-faire." Go to site
CERIC Cannexus22, January 24-26, 2022 and reflection on February 4, 2022
The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) annual conference was fully virtual.Go to site
LCEEQ 13th Annual Conference, February 7-8, 2022
LCEEQ Conference 2022, "The Reflective Practioner" provided the opportunity for reflection and collegial exchange on a number of issues including: a deeper understanding of learning, how the curriculum should enhance such, the role of assessment, equity, and diversity, optimizing technology, and the importance of health and well-being for all.Go to site
QPAT October 14 & 15, 2021
An evening with Margaret Atwood;Check the QPAT site for further details. 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
Updated: March 3, 2023
GOAL Curated Resources (including Entrepreneurship)
Curated resources are helpful, vetted, external resouces (not developed by LEARN, our teaching community, or MEQ).
- Éducaloi Teaching Guides: The free teaching guides enable teachers to create their own law-related learning activity. They vary in length and in target audience. Most of them are also available in French, and can be used to teach French as a second language. Refer to the attached table which provides the title of the guide, the level, the applicable subject areas, an adapted introduction, and a link to each guide. Download
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 Archived
- 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 in Grade 5-8. Covers astronauts, the earth, rockets and space vehicles, the solar system, a “career corner” and more. Go to site
- Canada Agriculture and Food Museum: Space to Spoon exhibition!
What does a satellite orbiting 798 km from Earth have to do with the food on our plate? Space to Spoon demonstrates how Space technology benefits Canadian farmers and sustainable agriculture. It also highlights the Canadian Space Agency’s Earth observation satellite, RADARSAT-2, and its cutting-edge successor, RADARSAT Constellation. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a stimulating experience with hands-on models, interactive elements, and stunning graphics, in Ottawa. Go to site
- Ingenium: Find educational programs under the Ingenium brand, the three museums — the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. 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
- 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
- Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec: The goal of thematic visits for preschool children and primary level students is to teach them to view, understand and appreciate works of art. Using observation, discussion and educational activities, the children learn how to describe, analyse and interpret works of art. They thus acquire notions of art history and learn artistic vocabulary. French only. Go to site
- Xello for Elementary: In this program "students record and reflect on their interests and skills to uncover their own abilities so they can confidently achieve their goals." Ask your principal whether your school or school board has purchased a licence. Go to site
- myBlueprint, “Spaces” is a K-6 student driven portfolio. It is also a platform for teachers, parents and administrators to "build a meaningful record of student progress." Ask your principal whether your school or school board has purchased a licence. 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). Ask your principal whether your school or school board has purchased a licence. Go to site
- The Real Game (Grades 5-6): TRG is powered by CareerCruising. 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 Resources
- 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.
General Academic / Training Resources
- Career Bullseyes by myfuture (Australia’s National Career Information Service, managed by Education Services Australia (ESA)): Careers are placed within a 4-level target. The outer level shows the career options which require the highest level of education, while the innermost level shows those with the least. Sign-in is required to use this tool. Go to site
- 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 The annual conference – Cannexus22 – is now fully virtual, January 24-26, 2022 with a bonus day for reflection on February 4, 2022. Go to site
- Discover Your Inner Trade: The Right Job for You. This Government of Québec website helps students explore the profiles that most closely match their "type": Directive, Innovator, Methodical, Objective, or Social. This site presents a selection of the best job opportunities throughout Québec. Go to site
- Vocational Information Centre (VIC): The VIC website is an education directory that provides links to online resources for career exploration, technical education, workforce development, technical schools and related vocational learning resources. For younger students: Go to site
GOAL and Entrepreneurship
- Introduction to Entrepreneurial Culture: Project Development Guide for Teachers: This original 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
- OSEntreprendre Reference Framework – Entrepreneurial Development: This reference consists of two visual placemats developed in 2019. 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. See the table of risk factors and protective factors during the transition from elementary to secondary. Six principles and analysis grids were developed to help implement measures to ensure a smooth transition. Go to site
- Thirteen. Video by Young Actors Project. This Canadian video is from the point of view of a 13-year-old whose family moves from Winnepeg to Vancouver in December. She starts in January at a new school. She tries strategies to make new friends, experiences bullying, and questions what she sknows about herself. It is 38.25 minutes. Go to site
Events and Contests
- Semaine des entrepreneurs à l’école will take place from November 8 to 19, 2021. For students from elementary to university, throughout the 17 regions of Québec. "On the program are 700 presentations, to be delivered in class or on virtual platforms by hundreds of passionate entrepreneurs!" Go to site
- Défi OSEntreprendre, An entrepreneurial project in elementary and secondary school: Registration opens at the end of November 2021. The electronic registration form to the OSEntreprendre Challenge must be officially completed no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Go to site
- InventFuture.Global Challenges (for students aged 8-18) are a series of three on-line, interactive, working educational sessions all focused on a specific global issue as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In 2021 The Learning Partnership (TLP) participated in the judging of the Water Challenge. Debra D. Kirby, President and CEO of TLP writes in the March monthly update: "The learning curve was fast and steep, outpaced only by their creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. These students thought deeply about their inventions and learned how important it is to collaborate and communicate to bring creative ideas to life. . . .I am thrilled that we have been part of this inaugural event as a founding member of the Invent Future Global alliance of 11 international education organizations." Contact TLP.
- Let's Talk Science Challenge: McGill University. The Let’s Talk Science Challenge is a team-based, competitive enrichment event for Grades 6-8 students that takes places each Spring (April-May). Registration is usually open in November prior to the event. Also offered in 2020 French ast Université du Québec à Montréal and Université de Sherbrooke. Go to site
- Science Literacy week. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Annual event in mid-September. Upcoming September 21-27, 2020. 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. Green Apple School Program grant applications for the 2020-21 school year opens September 12, 2020. Application deadline is usually March 31. Go to site
Updated on: October 11, 2022
GOAL MEQ 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
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 (2012) 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