University of Toronto School – Collaborative Customization

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Every school is unique and offers a range of programs for their students. The University of the Toronto School (UTS) is no different. UTS is a university preparatory school, grades 7 through 12, affiliated with the University of Toronto. Located on U of T’s St. George Campus, UTS offers high-achieving students a specialized curriculum and a unique co-educational learning environment that encourages creative interests and physical activity as well as a sense of social responsibility. It is within this high performance environment that Edvantage Interactive customization options become a natural fit for the UTS science department.

What did they do?

Working collaboratively the Chemistry teachers at UTS took the existing content in the Edvantage books and realigned the content to their curriculum. This meant moving chapters and sections to different books. At UTS there is an accelerated learning environment that takes all chemistry students through a common core course and then the option of an advanced course or AP course.

Why did they do it?

In the past have multiple streams for senior chemistry created a juggling of print resources. Now the department has their own, customized resources in print and digital form. “We’re very pleased with the end result” remarked Department Head Jennifer Pitt-Lansbury, “not only do we have cost effective books for our students, we have exactly what we want.” What UTS created were three books that follow their curriculum, three new covers and an additional Organic Chemistry supplement that can be used after the AP exam in May. Click on the book covers below for the Table of Contents for each book.

Next Steps?

During this school year the department will fine tune the books to better match their teaching needs. At the same time, they will take content from the online study guide at and customize it to better reflect the day-to-day routines of their classrooms. Clearly these chemistry teachers are modelng how to successfully create professional learning communities to their students.  A winning solution for everyone.