The Digital Lead Learner (DLL) program is designed to build teacher capacity in the areas of
digital learning technologies, teaching and learning.
The Goals of the DLL program are to:

  • Support TDSB and Ministry of Education priorities through digital learning technologies with an emphasis on the action items in the Multi-Year Strategic Plan the Vision for Learning, specifically Deep Learning Through Technology and the Global Competencies.

  • Build deep learning through technology and knowledge capacity within each Learning Network through a sustainable professional learning model.

  • Inspire, foster and support innovative teaching practices and learning experiences with educational technologies in TDSB classrooms.

Starting in 2018-19 the DLL program entered into a 3-year model.

Year 1 - Personal Learning

First-year DLLs are teachers, who have never been DLLs previously, who have a keen interest in learning more about using digital technologies to support teaching and learning and who feel they would benefit from focussed, intentional professional learning. It is expected that in their first year as a DLL they will share their learning and support their school community in the areas of deep learning through technology and the Global Competencies. The DLL program is a leadership opportunity with a three-year commitment.


DLL Year 1 members can expect to learn about key technologies and pedagogical approaches including Global Competencies, Universal Design, GSuite for Education, Assistive Technologies, Digital Citizenship, the TDSB Virtual Library and more. This learning will take place both in person and online.


The program strives to have 4 teachers from each Learning Network.

Year 2 - Contributing

Second-year DLLs will leverage year one learning and in addition to supporting their school community will participate in a variety of professional learning offerings to the system such as after-school Technology Enabled Learning Sessions (TELS), Professional Learning Pathways and the annual K-12 Ed Tech Marketplace as a presenter.

Year 3 - Supporting

Third-year DLLs in addition to supporting their school community will work directly with first-year DLLs to guide them in their professional learning, support the creation of resources and participate in the annual K-12 Ed Tech Marketplace as a presenter.  

DLL Mentors - Leading

Mentors are experienced DLLs who in addition to supporting their school community provide mentoring, coordination, facilitation and leadership to the overall DLL program initiatives and efforts. DLL Mentors will work directly with second-year and/or third-year DLLs.