About Us

History and Organizational Profile

The Manitoba Rural Learning Consortium (mRLC) was established in 2011 to support rural school divisions in addressing the unique challenges facing rural education. mRLC works across and within school divisions with a focus on consultation, coaching and collaboration. School divisions commit to the network by purchasing a membership and engaging in network activities.


"It is evident that the mRLC is responding to a real need in the rural Manitoba school divisions. (It) has very quickly established itself as a helpful and important partner in support of student learning." - Superintendent


Intention

The Manitoba Rural Learning Consortium (mRLC) is a cooperative dedicated to rural education. Collaborative and innovative professional learning networks and research projects serve educators in ensuring quality teaching that benefits the learning of all students.

The mRLC is a CO-OPERATIVE owned and managed by its members to meet their mutual needs.  Costs are shared between Manitoba school divisions and educational partners. 

The mRLC conducts RESEARCH PROJECTS, to explore the impact of dynamic educational practices on student learning in our rural settings.  We connect people, ideas, and sound action research principles. 

The mRLC empowers ACTION LEARNING SCHOOLS to be responsive to their student achievement data, creating the conditions conducive to providing intentional and timely responses that produce results. 

The mRLC operates LEARNING NETWORKS, to bring together rural educators to connect with others regarding relevant topics, to develop their practical skills and access resources for improving student achievement.  Topics are identified by the membership, with a current emphasis on literacy and numeracy, as well as leadership and cross-cultural awareness.  Networks are facilitated by both educators within our membership and consultants from beyond.  Each network will operate for a minimum of three days in a school year and network offerings are outlined under Services.  Many of the products of networks are offered out to the public after the action research period is completed.

 

A Description of mRLC Networks
 
  1. Learning from one another: groups capitalize on their individual differences and diversity through sharing their knowledge, experience, expertise, practices and know-how.
  2. Learning with one another: learning together, experiencing the learning together, co-constructing the learning making meaning together. Collaborative inquiry, and collaboratively learning about recent research are good examples of this activity.
  3. Learning on behalf of one another: learning between individuals from different groups or schools on behalf of other individuals within or outside their network.
  4. Meta Learning: having individuals understand the processes of their own learning so they can replicate it in other situations or with other groups.1
  • Use a collaborative inquiry model
  • Remain practical and applicable using an action research approach
  • Meet repeatedly over time
  • Geared towards all educators
  • Offer mentoring between network meetings
  • Use a variety of in-person and technology formats for meetings
  • Provide products and processes to be used in home divisions