New from ETFO: 365 Black Canadian Curriculum, Poster, Calendar and Workshop

CaptureETFO has released a great online educational resource on Black Canadians –  365 Black Canadian Curriculum, Poster, Calendar and Workshop.

This resource includes:

  • 365 Black Canadian Curriculum Resource for Primary,  Junior, and Intermediate in
  • 365 Days and Ways to Celebrate Remarkable Black Canadians Poster (pdf, jpg, docx)
  • Black Canadian Calendar (important Black Canadians and events)

Check out our  African Heritage Month Guide which lists this resource along with many other fabulous educational resources.

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February 21, 2018 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

New Books in the Professional Library!


Please visit  to see what’s new for you!   The winner of  the “Funny February” title award is: 20 Makey Makey projects for the evil genius

Other highlights include:

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.

We love being part of your learning conversations!

February 20, 2018 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

Elementary Math Articles from Education Week Spotlight

Check out these articles featured in the Education Week Spotlight on Elementary Math. These articles were published  between 2016 and 2017, and they are free to access after filling out a short form.

  • Do Digital Learning Games Improve Young Students’ Mathematics Skills?
  • Researchers Develop Scales to Measure Students’ Math Anxiety
  • Do Parents See Math as ‘Less Useful’ Than Reading? Survey finds parents rank subject lower
  • Smart Strategies for Teacher Professional Development Supporting Math Learning by Helping Early Educators
    PD for preschool teachers improves instruction and morale
  • Statistics Lessons Get New Life Early-grades teachers taking different approach
  • Ask a Scientist: When Are Children Ready to Learn Abstract Math?
  • Math Doesn’t Have to Suck. Here Are Three Ways to Make It Better

Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library
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February 5, 2018 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

TDSB is participating in Winter Walk Day!

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TDSB is participating in the Canada wide Winter Walk Day. It’s a day to promote walking to school and enjoying the outdoors in winter.

There are some great benefits of walking to school as pointed out in the Active School Travel Fact Sheet and Reference List.

Healthier Children

  • helps to meet the goal for school-aged children of at least 60 minutes per day of physical activity
  • reduces stress, depression, and anxiety, and increases happiness >> mental health!
  • helps to build life-long habits of independent and active mobility

Less Traffic and Pollution

  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air pollution around the school

Safer School Zones, Healthier Communities

  • creates safer school zones. and enhances the safety, connectivity, and quality of life for the community as a whole

Better Academic Performance

  • increases alertness and attention during the school day, therefore higher grades
  • supports healthy brain development

Need more reasons to get active, check out …

Physical Inactivity in Ontario Infographic  in Determining Quality Chronic Disease Prevention Indicators for Ontario: The Chronic Disease Prevention Indicators Framework, OCDPA, p15.

Physical Inactivity in Ont
HANDS UP for Health and Physical Literacy – 3 part video series from Ophea


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February 2, 2018 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

February’s Character Ed resource list has great books that explore what it means to be fair


Each month, the Professional Library will post a list of K-12 resources related to each character education trait.

February’s Character Education trait is Fairness

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

Elementary Titles

Stolen Words by M. Florence: A little girl discusses with her grandfather the impact of the residential school system on his use of language. Available in the Professional Library

Hand Over Hand by A. Fullerton: Nina is determined to prove to her grandfather and everyone else in her Filipino fishing village that she deserves a turn in the fishing boat even though she’s a girl.

Intermediate Titles

Trial by Fire by N. McClintock: Riley attempts to get to the bottom of who burned down her neighbour, Mr. Goran’s barn, while the rest of her community is quick to blame Mr. Goran himself.

Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by R. Stevenson: A history of the Pride movement in North America and the activism of many individuals that helped make Pride what it is today. Available in the Professional Library

Young Adult Titles

Away Running by D. Wright & L. Bouchard: Matt and Free, the first two foreign football players on the Parisian football team, the Diables Rouges, observe tension between marginalized Parisian immigrants and the police.

LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality by K. Cronn-Mills: This book addresses injustices faced by LGBTQ+ athletes in the past and how the community is fighting for change.

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
  • Related media resources are selected from TDSB Teaching Resources and the TDSB Virtual Library


February 1, 2018 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Bell Let’s Talk Day – Jan. 31, 2018


Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day. TDSB is proud to be a part of the conversation about the importance of mental health to help dispel the stigma, and to promote and raise awareness about TDSB programs, services and supports. Join and follow the conversation with us @S4WOfficialTDSB, @TDSB_MHWB and @TDSB on Twitter. For information on the supports available to students, please visit the TDSB website.

The Professional Library has compiled many resources to support TDSB’s mental health initiatives.

Check out our:

Mental Health Pinterest Board

Mental Health Resource list

Virtual Library Resources (for TDSB staff only)

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

January 31, 2018 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

New Books at TDSB Professional Library

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Please visit to pick some professional reading to curl up with on a cold winter night. We have an extra long list this month, so there’s lots to choose from!

New titles explore Truth and Reconciliation, Inquiry, Mentor texts in French and more!

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.

We love being part of your learning conversations!

January 26, 2018 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

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