Archive for March 20, 2017

New Books: Student Wellness

Check out these new books!

TDSB teachers can reserve the books  in  the catalgoue (remember to login) via the Virtual Library or by phone (416) 395-8289 or email

Check ’em out! Rowan


March 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell wins 2017 Global Teacher Prize

Congratulations to Maggie MacDonnell, a Canadian teacher who has worked for  six years in Salluit in Northern Arctic Quebec.

From the Globe and mail article, Canadian Maggie MacDonnell wins $1-million Global Teacher Prize by A. Batrawy:

“Her perseverance to continue teaching in the remote area, where many teachers leave their post midway through the year, made her a standout for the award. MacDonnell created a number of programs for boys and girls, including job mentorship and funds to assist with healthy meals.

She also established a fitness centre for youth and adults in the local community, where drug use and alcoholism rates are high due to the region’s harsh winters and isolation. The tiny village witnessed six suicides in 2015, all affecting young males between the ages of 18 and 25.

Her approach focuses on emphasizing “acts of kindness” such as running a community kitchen and attending suicide prevention training.”

Want to read more about this good news?  Check out these selected few:

The Global Teacher Prize is presented by the Varkey Foundation and “awards US $1 million  annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

The prize serves to underline the importance of educators and the fact that, throughout the world, their efforts deserve to be recognised and celebrated. It seeks to acknowledge the impacts of the very best teachers – not only on their students but on the communities around them.”  [See here for source and more information about the prize and Varkey Foundation]


March 20, 2017 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Book week: May 6 to 13

Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre,  “Book Week will take place from Saturday, May 6 to Saturday, May 13, 2017. Since Book Week is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday, the theme we have chosen to celebrate — Read Across Canada / Lire aux quatre coins du Canada — will encourage young readers to learn about Canada by reading books set in different provinces and locations across the country. To honour the 40th anniversary of the very first Book Week tour, the CCBC asked veteran illustrator Ian Wallace to create this year’s Book Week poster image. Ian Wallace was part of the original 12 authors and illustrators that set out on the first Book Week tour in 1977.”

Now what they didn’t do was recommend some titles 😦 So, I guess that is part of the challenge.

Click here to order posters and bookmarks. Check it out! Rowan


March 20, 2017 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

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