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Meet Your TDSB Teachers Read Panelists: Christina Saunders

On Wed. Oct. 18th, 4:30-5:45pm at Library Learning Resources (3 Tippett Road), the Professional Library will be hosting TDSB Teachers Read, a new professional learning opportunity featuring 5 great educators each sharing the book they think all TDSB Teachers should read.

Leading up to the event, we’ll be featuring each TDSB Teachers Read Panelist on this blog so you can learn more about them and the book they’ll be presenting.

Today, meet Christina Saunders, Instructional Leader, Urban Indigenous Education Centre

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Christina (@ChrustyTina on Twitter) is a Cree Educator who has been providing the TDSB with leadership and direction from a uniquely Indigenous perspective for many years. Currently an Instructional Leader for the Urban Indigenous Education Centre, Christina has developed and led various professional learning sessions that reduce the knowledge gap on Residential schools, Reconciliation, deconstructing Indigenous stereotypes, working with Urban Indigenous students and centering Indigenous content into the Ontario curriculum, to name a few. Christina also has a strong background in Special Education and Literacy, based on extensive teaching experience, collaboration and ongoing learning. She currently sits on the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario’s First Nation, Metis and Inuit Education Standing Committee.

Christina will be presenting Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada by Rachel A. Mishenene & Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse. Christina chose this collection of powerful works from Indigenous writers and its accompanying teacher resource kit because she sees it as an excellent resource to help centre Indigenous Education in the Ontario curriculum. Reserve a copy of Strength and Struggle from the Professional Library

Copies of Strength and Struggle are also available through the Aboriginal Education Centre.

If you’re interested in Strength and Struggle, you might also want to check out these other professional titles and picture books relevant to Indigenous education: 

To hear Christina’s pitch for why all TDSB educators should read Strength and Struggle join us Wed. Oct. 18th from 4:30pm-5:45pm for our panel discussion.

You can join us in-person at Library Learning Resources (3 Tippett Rd.) or follow us on Twitter @ProfLibraryTDSB to watch a livestream of the event. We’ll also post a recording after the event.

Fill out our registration form to let us know how you plan to attend.

Visit our website to learn more: http://bit.ly/tdsbTeachersRead

September 29, 2017 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

The Legalization of Marijuana and Schools

From Judy A. Librarian Reference and Collection Management

There has been discussion in the news over the past months regarding the impact the impending legalization of recreational marijuana will have on Canadian school boards.

Dearden, K., & Young, S. (2017, June 26). New regime for marijuana will impact Canadian schools. Toronto: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

French, J. (2017, June 28). School boards grapple with impending legal marijuana. Edmonton Journal.

Hager, M. (2017, June 16). With marijuana legalization on the way, schools and health officials struggle to talk to teens. The Globe and Mail.

Ireland, N. (2017, March 29). Pot legalization: What will it mean for schools? CBC News.

As this is a topic of interest to me, both as a parent and as a school board employee, I thought I would have a look to see what the literature had to say about the experiences of other jurisdictions, and the health consequences of recreational marijuana use, particularly among adolescents. Check out the results of my search.

September 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

Meet your TDSB Teachers Read Panelists: Chris Lee

On Wed. Oct. 18th, 4:30-5:45pm at Library Learning Resources (3 Tippett Road), the Professional Library will be hosting TDSB Teachers Read, a new professional learning opportunity featuring 5 great educators each sharing the book they think all TDSB Teachers should read.

Leading up to the event, we’ll be featuring each TDSB Teachers Read Panelist on this blog so you can learn more about them and the book they’ll be presenting.

First up is Chris Lee, K-12 Learning Coach

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As a Learning Coach, Chris (@Chris_Lee_TDSB on Twitter) has had a blast co-learning with and supporting schools in Learning Centre 1 in areas of math, literacy, inquiry and beyond.

He’s presenting Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions by Elham Kazemi & Allison Hintz. Already an influential text for learning coaches across the Board, Chris chose this book because it provides useful strategies for initiating problem-solving discussions that can be used in math and beyond. Reserve a copy of Intentional Talk from the Professional Library

If you’re interested in Intentional Talk, you might also want to check out these new math titles:

To hear Chris’s pitch for why all TDSB educators should read Intentional Talkjoin us Wed. Oct. 18th from 4:30pm-5:45pm for our panel discussion.

You can join us in-person at Library Learning Resources (3 Tippett Rd.) or follow us on Twitter @ProfLibraryTDSB to watch a livestream of the event. We’ll also post a recording after the event.

Fill out our registration form to let us know how you plan to attend.
Visit our website to learn more: http://bit.ly/tdsbTeachersRead

 

 

September 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Google Apps for Education

From Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library

We have just updated our fabulous resource list for Google Apps for Education. Check it out! http://bit.ly/PLGAFE.

Our book catalogue: http://bit.ly/PLbookcat

Contact us! Follow us! http://bit.ly/PLContactInfo

September 23, 2017 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Join us Wed. Oct. 18th for TDSB Teachers Read!

The TDSB Professional Library is hosting TDSB Teachers Read, a new professional learning opportunity on Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 4:30-5:45pm at Library Learning Resources (3 Tippett Rd).

Modeled after CBC Canada Reads, the event will feature 5 great educators sharing the 5 books they think all TDSB teachers should read. After the discussion, teachers will have the opportunity to vote for the book they think is most important for educators to read now.

There are lots of ways you can participate:

Fill out our registration form to let us know how you plan to attend!

Get to know the 2017-18 TDSB Teachers Read Panelists!

We have a great group of enthusiastic educators presenting books on themes including global competencies, math strategies, Indigenous perspectives, self-regulation, integrative thinking & social change.

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For more information, check out our websitebit.ly/tdsbTeachersRead.
Download our Save the Date & Meet Your Panelists posters to print and share

September 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

New ESL Resource Pathfinder from TDSB Professional Library

From Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library

Our Professional Library has a fantastic collection of ESL resources that can be borrowed by TDSB teachers. The ESL resources can be located and accessed easily through this newly created pathfinder on the ESL resources available to our TDSB teachers.

Pathfinder: http://bit.ly/PLESLResources

Contact us! Follow us!  http://bit.ly/PLContactInfo

 

 

 

 

 

September 14, 2017 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

September Character Education Trait Resource Lists: Spotlight on Respect

From Natalie C., Reference & Digital Resources Librarian

Each month, the Professional Library will post a list of K-12 resources related to each character education trait.
Access all the character education trait lists here: https://bit.ly/PLcharactered
(Note: TDSB login is no longer required to view these lists — they’re now available to everyone!)

September’s Character Education trait is Respect!

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

Elementary Titles
🍁 The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya: When a five-year-old boy asks his mother if he can wear a bindi like her, she respects his curiosity and allows his to explore this new side of his identity.
🍁 Peace Dancer by R.H. Vickers & R. Budd: When a group of children mistreat a crow, the Chief of the Heavens brings down a powerful storm and the children learn to respect all life.

Intermediate Titles
🍁 The Hill by K. Bass: After his plane crashes in Northern Alberta, 15-year-old Jared must team up with Kyle, a Cree teen, to survive
🍁 Lucky Jonah by R. Scrimger: Jonah is gifted a magical camera that lets him (literally) walk a mile in another person’s shoes.

Young Adult Titles
🍁 Bullies Rule by M. Polak: While Daniel doesn’t initially see himself as a bully, he comes to understand how much his jokes hurt those around him.
🍁 Girl Mans Up by M-E. Girard: Pen has dressed how she wants her whole life, but her parents think that if she dresses more like a girl, it will show respect. Confused about what she wants, Pen ultimately has to define respect for herself.

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.

 

 

September 13, 2017 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

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