OJEN provides educational materials and free or low-cost professional development opportunities for teachers who are helping youth learn about the justice system.
OJEN Law Institutes are continuing professional development programs that offer teachers a forum for learning, dialogue and exchange with leaders from the legal system. Each year, Law Institutes are held in different locations around the province, providing teachers with the opportunity to connect with justice sector professionals working in their local region. OJEN’s Summer Law Institute, our flagship annual event, takes place every August in Toronto.
OJEN also provides workshops for educators and educators-in-training on the content and use of our resources. We work with public and separate school boards at board-wide PD days all around the province to deliver fresh new resource training and other supports to Ontario’s teachers. We also connect with subject councils like the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers Association (OHASSTA) and the Ontario Family Studies and Home Economics Educators’ Association (OFSHEEA) to support their members. We also work with faculties of education across the province to support the learning of teacher candidates.
OJEN’s Judge Shadowing program allows small groups of teachers to shadow a judge for a day. Participating teachers will connect with a judge, observe his or her courtroom in action, and benefit from follow-up discussions
OJEN is also developing a couple of exciting new online tools that will help us support Ontario’s teachers in new ways! Sign up for OJEN’s Newsflash to receive updates on this process.