Archive for March 2, 2017

Character Education: March is Honesty


Submitted by our Natalie C., one of fabulous reference librarians:

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

The full list is available through the Professional Library AW Character Education List forum. Here are some highlights:

Elementary Titles

  • 🍁 Crushing It by J. Levy: In this retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac for the middle grade set, Kat is enlisted by friend Olivia to woo new boy Tyler. Plans go awry and Kat learns it’s better to be honest and stay true to yourself.
  • A Bike Like Sergio’s by M. Boelts: When Ruben accidentally scoops up a $100 bill dropped by a neighbour, he grapples with whether he should return the money or use it to buy a new bike.

Intermediate Titles

  • 🍁 From Above by N. McClintock: After her friend becomes a suspect in the killing of a popular football player at their school, Riley sets out to uncover the truth.
  • 🍁 Half-Truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying by K. Vermond & C. Hanmer: A look at the science behind lying and how the truth about lying isn’t black and white.

Young Adult Titles

  • Watched by D. Wright & L. Bouchard: When Naeem, a young Bangladeshi immigrant, is caught shoplifting, he’s offered a deal by the cops: face criminal charges or become an informant and spy on his Muslim neighbours.
  • History is All You Left Me by A. Reynolds: After Griffin’s ex-boyfriend Theo dies, Griffin takes comfort in continuing to speak to  Theo in his mind but has difficulty being honest with himself about the situation.

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.

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.

Access all the Character Education Trait Lists: 

These links are available in TDSB digital spaces only.  For more information, contact us at (416) 395-8289 or professionallibrary@tdsb.on.caNote: you must be logged in to your TDSB Google Account to view. For assistance with this, please visit

March 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

UNESCO: Making textbooks more inclusive

UNESCO  has released a new document titled Making Textbook content inclusive: A focus on Religion, Gender, and Culture (2017).

From page 8: “all users of the guide can expect to gain heightened awareness of how to promote peace, equality, and social cohesion in developmental and educational contexts. By illustrating the important work of shaping teaching and learning interactions that are free from prejudices and harmful stereotypes, the guide offers insights useful to all those interested in development and education.”

From page 12: “Quality textbooks should be free from divisive stereotypes and prejudices. This can be achieved by adopting a human rights based approach to textbook development and use. Such an approach emphasizes diversity and combats divisive stereotypes by applying the following three strategies:

  • Employing inclusive language
  • Representing diverse identities
  • Integrating human rights

Check it out! Rowan

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