About the Learning Institute
Education and learning are our passion.
The SickKids Learning Institute (LI) is keen to make a difference in the lives of children and their families through our work with learners, using innovative learning approaches and technologies facilitated by expert faculty. We strive to be exceptional collaborators, empowering individuals and teams to be the very best they can be through supportive educational programming and continuous learning.
The LI is a champion of advancing inclusive environments where everyone belongs. We are committed to creating learning environments where everyone feels safe, represented, included, respected and valued.
Whoever you are as a learner we are excited to work with you! Whether you are a new staff member building a career in paediatrics or a seasoned professional expanding your knowledge and deepening your expertise, we are here to support your learning. Perhaps you are a community provider or an international learner wanting to know more about leading practices in children’s health care; or an engaged patient or family member seeking reliable health information – we are here for you too.
Education is fundamental to SickKids’ vision: Healthier Children. A Better World. Every day we work to advance a learning culture at SickKids that is creative and dynamic, we aspire to have our organization known worldwide as a place where we learn from and with each other at all times.
Who we are
Improve child health outcomes and systems of care worldwide through learning and education.
Using learner-centred educational practices and state-of-the-art technologies, we will create and deliver exceptional learning experiences that advance practice and transform care. Through advanced thought leadership, knowledge dissemination and scholarship we will stimulate change and drive innovation in education.
Improve Outcomes; Cultivate Learning; Build Capacity
The Learning Institute is a catalyst for change, with a focus on continuous improvement. We partner to advance education and learning, accelerating knowledge implementation.
Our training efforts result in high quality care delivery. Our emphasis on scholarship, faculty development, use of best practices and technologies to support learners, enriches our academic hospital and many stakeholders locally, nationally and around the globe. Our approach to collaboration is respectful and culturally responsive for all learners.
Whether we are working with children and their families, parents, students, international learners, staff or faculty, we seek the balance between process and outcome. We believe in the importance of empowering people, and building capabilities through collaboration. We use evidence informed best practices in education and learning, and facilitate systems transformation for sustainable results.
As a world-renowned academic health sciences centre, SickKids embraces and promotes the value and importance of education as one of three pillars within our organization: care, learning and research. The Learning Institute was founded in 2007 to support and enhance education and teaching activities across the organization and beyond. Our mandate is broad as we support all types of learning, including the education of academic students and trainees, development of specialty knowledge and skills, continuing professional development of staff, education of children and their families, and knowledge exchange with local, national and international communities. We provide exceptional learning experiences to deepen knowledge and expertise in the delivery of high quality paediatric care.
The Learning Institute embraces interprofessional approaches and brings together educators from all disciplines. We are a community of educators and learners; multiple networks of passionate and engaged people with diverse knowledge and skills who teach, coach and mentor individuals and groups to grow and thrive professionally. We offer programs and services that support our hospital community to create, deliver and evaluate education and training. Our unique services are also offered to external partners who wish to participate in our exceptional educational offerings or to those looking for customized learning experiences.
The Learning Institute connects people, spaces and learning products in multiple ways. Through virtual communities and physical spaces, we promote excellence in education and learning. We are creative and strive for excellence in everything that we do. We seek new partnerships and promote networks that enhance learning, advance education scholarship, improve knowledge translation and offer creative education solutions and services to ultimately improve outcomes for children and their families.
The Learning Institute 2021-2025 Strategic Plan will enable SickKids to be a strategic systems partner in children's health locally, nationally and internationally.
Our Education Leadership and Faculty
Become a Member of the Learning Institute
At the Learning Institute, our vision is to improve child health outcomes and systems of care worldwide through learning and education.
To continue to build our capacity for advanced thought leadership, knowledge dissemination, scholarship and innovation in education, we have implemented a membership to bring together our education community and facilitate our learning culture. Membership includes:
- Being part of the Learning Institute network
- Access to regular updates
- Invitations to Learning Institute educational events
- Opportunities to engage with interprofessional colleagues in educational activities and scholarships
- Ability to provide your expertise and feedback
- Profiling your work and/or the work of your team
- Participation in mentorship activities
- Use of the Learning Institute logo for internal and external education related posters and presentations (internal members only)
International Education offers paediatric specialty education and training services that are customized to international learners’ specific needs and can take place at SickKids or in their home country.