Building a Cooperative Education Portfolio with the New Curriculum - Draft

The myBlueprint Support Team created a Building a Co-op Portfolio Lesson Plan to better support Ontario educators in meeting the expectations found in Strand A and B of the revamped Cooperative Education Curriculum.  

This lesson plan will help students create a co-op portfolio to display, reflect, and derive meaning from their experiential learning opportunities, develop skills and abilities related to an occupation while applying them to real-life situations, and apply their learning and hands-on experience to make the most informed decisions about their future.

This lesson plan includes:

  • A guide for teachers with instructions on how to introduce the portfolio-building project to students

  • A detailed portfolio-checklist of the different types of artifacts students will be adding to their portfolio throughout their co-op experience, including suggested reflection prompts

  • An exemplar portfolio (PDF) that aligns with the suggested portfolio checklist

  • A template Student Learning Plan

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Cooperative Education Lesson Plan Package

This resource contains a PowerPoint presentation and implementation ideas for myBlueprint with Cooperative Education students, including activities related to Who Am I Surveys, Job Shadowing, Financial Literacy and more.

This lesson plan package includes:

  • A Cooperative Education implementation powerpoint

  • 14 interactive and engaging lesson plans

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What's new? Shifts in Policy that Impact Practice with the New Curriculum

Shifts in Policy provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education

With the introduction of a new curriculum document, the Ontario Ministry of Education has outlined 14 changes that will impact educators practice in the delivery of the updated cooperative education curriculum.

Cooperative Education
and Other Forms of
Experiental Learning, 2000


The Ontario Curriculum
Grades 11 and 12,
Cooperative Education, 2018


 1. An experience based in the community  1. An experience connected to the community
 2.  A policy document  2. Curriculum and implementation policy document
 3. A single approach to co-op education  3. Two co-op courses, including a new course that does not require a related course
 4. Suggested topics and themes  4. Overall and specific curriculum expectations
 5. Pre-placement, integration and monitoring based on time/hours  5. A focus on student learning and demonstration of achievement
 6. Assessment and evaluation guided by learning expectations in the policy and related course achievement chart  6. Assessment and evaluation is firmly rooted in Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools and Cooperative Education curriculum
 7. Lack of an explicit connection between the experience, the learning, and its application  7. The explicit process to support the development of relationships between the experience, the learning and its application through the use of the Experiential Learning Cycle
 8. Learning expectations from the co-op policy  8. Curriculum expectations from the co-op courses in the curriculum document
 9. Curriculum expectations from the related course  9. Cooperative education curriculum expectations for co-op linked to a related course, the curriculum expectations include learning connected to the expectations form the related course
 10. Using the achievement chart from the related course curriculum document or from other curriculum documents  10. Using the achievement chart from the co-op curriculum document
 11. Inconsistent approach to the development of reflective skills  11. The explicit instruction to develop the skills of reflection and reflective habit of mind
 12. A policy which emphasizes specific roles and responsibilities  12. A policy which emphasizes the process of program development and implementation including the various roles as required
 13. Teacher-Centered  13. Students co-construct their learning with teachers, parents, and community supervisors
 14. Good for some students  14. Beneficial for all students

The Experiential Learning Cycle

The Experiential Learning Cycle as outlined through the Shifts in Policy shapes and supports students Cooperative Education Experience.

  • Participate in a learning experience connected to a community. Through immersion students are recognizing what they are thinking and what they are feeling during the experience.

  • Reflect on the experience in order to take meaning from this. Students reflect on their experiences to identify what they have learned about themselves and others as well as their topic of study.

  • Apply their learning to influence decision making and actions in various aspects of their lives. Students further explore how their opportunity has or may influence their future choices, goals, and plans.

(image source: Ontario Cooperative Education Curriculum Document, 2018)


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