For Teachers

Teachers, are you ready to bring the real-world into your classroom?

We know educators are continually seeking ways to create a dynamic learning experience in their classrooms. The Co-operative Minds program can help by providing free lesson plans that align with curriculum and connect to transferable skills. For example; Grade 7-12 teachers can meet curriculum requirements in Business and Social Studies through our sustainability themed challenges, or Math requirements through our Financial Literacy themed challenges. Grade 2-6 teachers will find links to various streams of curriculum in Math, Language, Art, Drama, Health and Physical Education and Social Studies.

Thanks to our generous program sponsors from the co-operative and credit union sector, our program is free to use for all Ontario teachers.

Have questions? Need support? Our team of co-operative educators and teacher mentors are here to help! 

Email us at: or download our Teacher Brochure.

To access free resources and lesson plans- register as a teacher partner 
  • Co-operative Minds- Community Building in the Classroom:
    • Recommended for Grades 2-6
    • Full lesson plan, includes all resources, culminating task and rubric
    • Curriculum links to Math, Language, Art, Physical Education, Drama, Social Studies
  • Lesson Plans for Grades 9-12
    • Includes resources and step-by-step instructions
    • Options for condensed or longer lessons
  • Co-operative Design Workshop:
    • Recommended for Grades 9-12 
    • Two-three 60 minute blocks
    • Curriculum links to Business, Social Studies, Canadian and World Studies, Math, Design and Technology
  • Virtual or In-person (where available) Presentations
    • Financial Literacy- 60 minutes
    • Co-operative Business Model - 60 minutes

"Doing the Co-operative Minds challenge with Ontario Co-operative Association was like seeing butterflies come out of their cocoon. An authentic challenge like this one was a great opportunity for students to safely take a risk and stretch them out of their comfort zone as they problem solved a real challenge facing CYL. The process was clearly laid out and easy to facilitate. I was impressed with the student’s ability to take on other perspectives and build empathy for players involved in the program. When it came to presenting to the organization I couldn’t believe how great the students were at pitching their solution and clearly explaining their thinking. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants an authentic challenge that will build student confidence and develop leadership skills they can carry with them."

             -Brett Manlow, Teacher at Centennial Secondary School, Belleville, Ontario

Have a question about Co-operative Minds?

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