The Ottawa-Carleton Education Network (OCENET) seeks to improve learning opportunities both locally and internationally. Linking their initiatives to the OCDSB’s strategic plan, OCENET helps further cultural proficiency in the District, contributes to the development of schools as community hubs, and encourages organizational learning and global citizenship.
Attracting over 300 international exchange students to OCDSB schools each year, students from Columbia, Spain, China and Vietnam were among those that chose Ottawa as their exchange destination during 2011–2012. Increasingly, international superintendents, principals and teachers are also making the trip to Ottawa and selecting OCENET and the OCDSB to provide professional development. Proud to be able to share the District’s vision with educators from around the globe, delegations from Kenya, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and others, were offered a series of workshops tailored to their specific interests, ranging from assessment and evaluation practices, to teaching English as a Second Language.
OCENET also works collaboratively with the OCDSB to enhance the scope of educational programs offered by the District. Over the course of the 2011–2012 school year, a committee that included secondary teachers and others who have considerable experience with international education, developed the International Certificate Program.
An exciting new program now piloting in six OCDSB secondary schools, its purpose is "to recognize and honour students who demonstrate a commitment to being motivated, engaged and active global citizens." Unique in Ontario, the International Certificate Program offers students unforgettable moments and valuable life lessons. From studying an international language and taking internationally-focused classes, to gaining a better understanding of global issues and participating in an internationally focused project of their choice, the International Certificate Program can open doors for students to post-secondary programs and careers. Based on the results of the pilot year, the aim will be to extend the program to additional high schools in subsequent years. For more information please visit the ICP webpage.
International Certificate Program
There’s a whole wide world out there for you to discover…so what are you waiting for? Start exploring today with the OCDSB’s International Certificate Program!