Character Education for April is Cooperation


The TDSB Professional Library has created an updated resource list of JK-12 fiction and multimedia materials supporting the April Character Education trait: Cooperation! 

April’s Character Education trait is Cooperation

Check out our full Cooperation booklist (  or see some highlighted titles below.

Elementary Titles

Big tree down! by Lawlor, L.  After a summer thunderstorm knocks down a big tree, a young boy watches his neighborhood come together to clean up.

It takes a village by Clinton, H.R.  A picture book adaptation of the former Secretary of State’s best-selling book shares uplifting messages about how a community that comes together can make a difference.

Pass the ball, Mo! by Adler, D.A. With the big game coming up, Mo Jackson, the shortest member of the basketball team, is determined to learn how to pass the ball in time to help his team win.

Smon Smon by Danowski, S. The author takes us on a journey into a beautiful, mysterious world where cooperation and generosity save the day and friendships make it wonderful.

Intermediate Titles

The Ambrose deception by Ecton, E.  Three Chicago students, Melissa, Wilf, and Bondi, participants in a competition for a ten thousand-dollar scholarship, band together to solve a mystery behind the competition.

Deadpoint by Tate, N.  After a terrible accident high on the side of the mountain, it’s up to Ayla to face her fears and get help for her friends

The Gauntlet by Riazi, K.Farah, the Muslim protagonist, is joined by her friends to rescue her little brother with ADHD who has vanished into a mysterious board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand.

Heart of the storm by Buckley, M. Undertow trilogy, 3 | Review | Escaping to the surface after months of imprisonment, Lyric Walker returns to Coney Island to warn the world of the Great Abyss only to encounter a very different home where humans and Alpha are working together to rebuild.

Young Adult Titles

A name earned by Tingle, T.Since his father gave up drinking, basketball star Bobby Byington’s life is finally on track, but he wishes he could say the same for his girlfriend and a fellow teammate.

The Last Wild Boy by MacDonald, H. Nora tries to protect the baby Adam, the last male who can procreate naturally in her society, with help of her friend who is also a fugitive.

Running on Empty by Bates, S.S.  After a freak accident, Leon Kline, a track and field star’s future is changed. But he meets a friend who even gets him running again.

These resource lists are produced to support teacher-librarians and teachers as they deliver instruction regarding the Character Education initiative and may be appropriate for read-alouds, literature circles, library displays and more.

Check out our past Character Education Resource lists:



Please note the following points:

  • These are selected resources based on favourable literature reviews;
  • The Professional Library may own some of the listed books; teachers should also check their school libraries or local public libraries for availability;
  • Teachers should preview the books for appropriateness before instructional use or recommending them to students.

April 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

Leading the Energized School


Educational Leadership March 2018 issue focuses on improving school climate.

Check out these articles!

These articles can be accessed by our TDSB staff. Please click here for access information.

A Changing Culture in Houston
A Matter of TRUST
A Restorative Climate for Learning
Creating the Grateful School in Four Phases Development Over Punishment
Fighting the Normalization of Failure
Fostering More Vibrant Schools
Helping Students RISE AND SHINE
Joyful Leadership IN PRACTICE
Maybe Your Mirror Is Fuzzy
New Books to Enrich Your School’s Climate and Culture
Numbers of Note. Scorecard on student attitudes about teachers, grades, and the future in US.
Q&A. An interview of superintendent Tiffany Anderson of the Topeka Public Schools in Topeka, Kansas is presented.
Silent Treatment
Surveying School Climate
The Emergent Power of TEACHER LEADERS
The Empathetic School
The Fast Track to Sustainable Turnaround
The Power of Collective Efficacy
Professional Library has a book by the author: Collective efficacy: how educators’ beliefs impact student learning
The “Principal Effect” on School Climate
When Teachers Need a Recharge

Enjoy Reading!

Judy Chyung – Librarian
TDSB Professional Library
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April 7, 2018 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

An April Shower of New Books in the TDSB Professional Library!

AprilPlease visit to see what’s new for you!  Topics include Math, Personal Finance, French, Early Years, STEM, Mental Health and more.

To see the books in the picture above,  link to:

To have your choices couriered directly to your school,  please contact us at or 416-395-8289.

You can also use our online catalogue for the self service “Steps to request a book” on the top right of the New Books List.

Make your Professional Library a part of your Learning Conversations today!

April 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

April is Autism Awareness Month


The TDSB Professional Library has oodles of books and article to support teachers of students on the spectrum. Check out our updated list of resources: or our Autism/Asperger’s Pinterest board.

TDSB staff may log into the library catalogue to reserve books and have them couriered to your school, or please email us requests for resources or support for your upcoming learning events at


April 3, 2018 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

New Resources for Teaching Social Skills


The TDSB Professional Library has recently purchased a new series of resources on teaching social and relationship skills to students with special needs. Each book offers an assessment framework with games and activities focusing on self-awareness, non-verbal and verbal communication skills. Together they form a structured and comprehensive social skills curriculum for students with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties. Check them out!

March 27, 2018 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

TDSB celebrates Sikh Heritage Month in April


Find out more about the Sikh history, culture and people by exploring the Sikh Heritage Resource Guide compiled by the TDSB Professional Library. It contains important websites, books and articles, and media and virtual resources.

The Ontario Ministry of Education is expected to release the New Learning Resource on Sikh Heritage sometime in spring.

Check out these two sites listed in the Sikh Heritage Resource Guide!

PASSAGE FROM INDIA: Immigration History.
    Highlights: For Teachers, The Komagata Maru, Indian Immigration, Quiz

Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada.
    Highlights: Educational resources (lesson plans), Poster

Enjoy the guide!

Judy Chyung – Librarian
TDSB Professional Library
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to access all the Heritage Month Guides




March 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

April is Latin-America History Month in TDSB!

Latin america

As this map shows, the Latin America encompasses all the countries in Central and South America that uses French, Portuguese, and Spanish language.

Check out our newly updated resource guide on Latin-America History Month that contains great curated resources, including some interesting websites:

Abya Yala
¡Hola Canada!  
Teaching Central America

To access all our Heritage Month Guides, please click here.

Judy Chyung – Librarian
TDSB Professional Library
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March 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

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