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  • 1. Betty  |  October 11, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I would like to publish a Spanish book. Is this the right place where I should inquire?
    I teach for TDSB

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    • 2. ramott  |  October 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      The Professional Library (PL) cannot assist you with the publishing/printing of your book – you are on your own there.

      We get the books after they are published. The PL is a resource collection of education/teaching for TDSB teachers and is all about topics like special education, literacy, numeracy, principalship, school libraries, teaching math, social studies, students and mental health, etc. You can access our resources via the catalogue at http://bit.ly/PLbookcat or our TDSBweb page at http://tdsbwen/libary_prof (we are in the services dropdown menu on the TDSBweb page).

      Good luck with your writing. Rowan

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  • 3. Talia  |  September 10, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Hi there,

    Thanks for sharing the link to all the recommended reading for September’s Character Education trait. I was wondering if there was a separate document with FSL titles. If not, might that be a possibilitity for future months?

    Many thanks,
    Talia

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    • 4. ramott  |  September 11, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Ohh good question. No there is not an FSL version and frankly I do not anticipate our creating one anytime soon – for many reasons, including: just the time required to select resources and create the English docs is significant; and the difficulty in finding reviews about K-12 French language resources (most of our reviewing resources are American (who are more about Spanish)- there are not many Canadian resources for French materials. But it would make for an interesting project and is something I will ruminate about. Rowan

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  • 5. S Kim  |  May 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Can I request that the professional library to purchase books? If so, how long does it take for new books to make it to circulation?

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    • 6. ramott  |  May 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Stella
      Of course you may recommend books for purchase and infact we have a form on our TDSBweb page. Every recommendation is considered carefully keeping in mind considerations like budget, value to the system as a whole, supporting Years of Action, etc. How long does it take to get into circ? Generally, it all depends on availability and budget. Our budget for 2013-2014 is gone, so we will not be purchasing any books until the September. Rowan

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  • 7. Mariam Siddiqui  |  August 21, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Where can one purchase blank OSR folders?

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    • 8. ramott  |  August 26, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Mariam, I do not beleive that as an individual, one can just purchase them. If you work for a school board, your board will provide access to them as every student must have one. Talk to the head secretary / office assistant at the school where you teach. If you go on to the Ontario Ministry of Education web site and search for OSR or “Ontario Student Record” the Ministry policy and I would imagine an example of an OSR will be available. Rowan

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  • 9. Ifeoma Jabari  |  April 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Is the research database EBSCO (not sure if this it the correct spelling) still available to teachers?

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    • 10. ramott  |  April 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Ifeoma
      Yes, the Professional Library subscribes to 3 education databases: Ebsco, ProQuest and Sage. TDSB employees may access them from behind the firewall on our TDSBweb intranet page. Look for the Professional Library in the Services dropdown menu. Because of licencing agreements, the password information cannot be shared with anyone outside of TDSB, and therefore may only be accessed from within TDSB.
      Rowan

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  • 11. Julie Adams  |  July 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Hello, what a useful page this is! I’m wondering if there is a quick and easy way to access this blog on my desktop when I’m back in school or via AW? There always seem to be so many steps and passwords before I can get to where I want to be! Thank you for all your hard work.

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    • 12. ramott  |  August 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      I am delighted that you find useful. We find that it is a great way to keep TDSB teachers current with new books, current articles and links to stuff about education in Ontario. The quickest way to access it is through the following link to which you can create a shortcut: http://ramott.wordpress.com/. Also I think that you can Google it.

      Rowan

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  • 13. Jill  |  May 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Where can I find TDSB’s book buying policies and procedures?

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    • 14. ramott  |  May 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Hi Jill, there are 2 places to check: TDSB policies and procedures, Selection and Approval of Learning Resources PR.531 CUR (available in the TDSB public webpage) and the document Developing School library Collections: A Community Guide that is available on the Teaching and Learning web page, on the Library page. I will email you the links on Outlook. Rowan

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  • 15. Miranda  |  January 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Hi there, I was wondering if it is possible for highschool students in the TDSB to borrow textbook from their school over the summer?

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    • 16. ramott  |  January 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      You will have to ask your school/teacher if you can do so. Textbooks are amazingly expensive and not always treated with due respect, so some schools keep them in-house only. I am not aware of any standard policy on this so it will probably depend on the generosity of your school or teacher. And it may depend on summer school programs being offered in your schools. You can only ask!

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  • 17. Mark  |  December 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I’m trying to find information regarding what happens to used textbooks in the TDSB school system. I’m trying to see if these used textbooks could be shipped overseas to non profit organizations, in areas where english teachers in foreign school systems would benefit from providing textbooks to their students.

    Can anyone tell me what happens to out of print books at schools throughout the school board, and if there’s any way that these books could be acquired at no cost so that they could be reallocated and donated to needy schools in other countries.

    Any information at all would be greatly appreciated.

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    • 18. ramott  |  January 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Hi Mark

      There is a TDSB policy to manage obsolete or surplus texts, not the least of which is making them first available to other schools or contacting the Canadian Schools Book Exchange (http://www.csbe.net/). Outside groups or charities that want to inquire into such possibilities should contact Geoff Acheson in the TDSB Purchasing Department at (416) 395-8110. Any organization who wants these materials will be required to pick up the resources from the schools and arrange shipping to their final destination. Also, be aware that usually by the time the texts are determined to be obsolete or surplus, they are well used (dare I say in bad shape) and may no longer contain wholly accurate information (especially in science or geography) nor current information (representation of women or cultures).

      Rowan

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  • 19. Omid Agahi  |  September 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Hello
    Is there any change I can read Ontario textbooks on-line? I prefer reading my textbooks in computer!

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    • 20. ramott  |  September 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      Authors write textbooks and publishers produce them. This is how they make their living. There is no money to be made in granting free public access to textbooks. E-texbooks are becoming increasingly popular and educational organizations, like schools or libraries, may chose to purchase or subscribe to them. Access will be controlled by firewalls or passwords and made available only to those students in the appropriate courses or programs. Just ‘cos it is digital does not make it free!

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  • 21. Ryan  |  April 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Any one can tell me from where I can get a grade 7 math book that students usually read in Toronto schools?

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    • 22. ramott  |  April 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      The same textbooks are not necessarily used across all schools. If you have a child in a TDSB school you can ask to borrow one from the school – however be prepared that there may not be enough copies for you to have, and textbooks can be very expensive to purchase and schools are concerned about loss and replacement. If you do not have a child attending a TDSB school, you can get a list of approved textbooks from the Ministry of Education web site (Trillium List – Google it) and then you have to purchase it either from the publisher, or try Bookman Textbook and Educational Outlet where maybe you can get a used one (416) 224-5300.

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  • 23. susan  |  February 12, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Where can I obtain free posters for our school library.

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    • 24. ramott  |  February 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm

      Good question with not an easy answer as very few things are free anymore and there is no central depot at TDSB that hands out posters. You could try calling the TDSB Artsjunktion at (416) 393-0894.

      If you attend the OLA Super Conference, at the Expo, publishers often distribute new and funky posters promoting their new books.

      You can try to make them yourself, and the TEL Teacher Librarian conference discusses this every so often, but you still have to pay to produce them

      The best posters are the ones that you purchase and they need not be expensive. Check out Carr MLean or Brodart or ALA.

      Rowan

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  • 25. Ellie Clin  |  November 29, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    How should I reference a TDSB publication if I am citing it in an academic essay? I assume that the TDSB should be the author, but what about publisher/place of publication?

    Thanks!

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    • 26. ramott  |  December 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm

      Place of Publication is Toronto, ON and the publisher is the Toronto District School Board.

      Actually it is choosing the author that is tricky. Sometimes a specific name is used, or a team, or developer, or editor, or even department. Usually I would list the that person or department instead of the organization name. However, TDSB will always be the publisher.

      You could treat them like government poblications in APA or MLA etc.
      Rowan

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  • 27. Suzanne Wong  |  June 21, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Can I borrow the best resources for new teachers over the summer? i.e. Harry Wong’s First Days of School

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    • 28. ramott  |  June 26, 2009 at 6:37 pm

      Suzanne, I have sent you a personal email in response to your question. The library is open July and August and as long as you are a TDSB teacher you may borrow books from us. Contact us at (416) 395-8289 for more information. Rowan

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  • 29. ramott  |  February 26, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Vienna
    One of our librarians will contact you about your request. As such we may not send you a list of books on your specific topic, especially since you want such grade specific materials. We’ll send you a selection of books and a link to our catalogue. Searching our catalogue is the fastest way to find books.
    Rowan

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  • 30. Vienna Hylton  |  February 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Please send me a list of the Grades 5 and 6 “Rich Problems” math books that are in your collection. I am looking for books with teaching and assessment strategies.
    Thank You.
    V. Hylton.

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  • 31. ramott  |  November 21, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Netha, I am sure that we can find this information fo you, especially in the journal literature. I think the literature shows a positive link between a student’s proficiency in their first language and learning English.

    Phone us at (416) 395-8289 or email us , tell us what you want and give us your full name and school so we know how to get the info to you.
    Rowan

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  • 32. Netha  |  November 18, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Do you have any information to share how to explain ESL parents how importance students to maintain first language at home?

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  • 33. ramott  |  November 6, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Yes, lots. I did a key word title search in our catalogue and got over 30 hits. We have all the Fountas and Pinnell books. Our newest one is a 2007 book titled Guided Reading Classroom.
    Call the library at (416) 395-8289 to offically request some books, and we can send articles too.
    Rowan

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  • 34. Gayle Bradshaw  |  November 5, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Do you have any professional books on Guided Reading ?

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  • 35. ramott  |  August 7, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    To order TDSB documents, or to get price and availability information, email the following URL: curriculumdocs@tdsb.on.ca

    If you a TDSB teacher, you can find the list of TDSB resources on the Board’s Intranet (TDSBweb). The TDSB Internet web page includes the list of curriculum resources under the Educators tab, but having just checked it, the list is not current, so the Intranet would be a better place to look.

    If you are not a TDSB teacher, it might be hard to find a current list of resources. You can email the address above, and the Professional Library has a reference copy of the documents, so that they can be reviewed at any time.
    Rowan

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  • 36. ramott  |  August 7, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    List of novels for grades 4-7. Depends on what you want and why you want it.

    First I would recommend that you talk to your school librarian. She or he would always be the first place to get student book recommendations. And she will be able to tell you if the school has them on site.

    The Professional Library has books that list recommended children’s books/literature, by grade and subject, but we will not have the books.

    If you want to borrow novel sets for classroom use, contact the TDSB Circulating Library at 416-395-2100.

    TDSB itself does not generate lists of children’s novels or books, but there are plenty of web sites to assist you in finding recommended children’s reading, including the Toronto Public Library, the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Program, and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
    Rowan

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  • 37. olivia  |  July 16, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    where can I find a list of novels for grades 4th-7th?

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  • 38. ramott  |  June 9, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Good question.
    TDSB creates many documents to support curriculum. While there is not a document to support every subjesct and grade level, many fabulous documents exist in all subject areas.
    You can email the Curriculum Resources department at and ask for the list.
    Everyone has to pay for the documents. If you are a TDSB employee the fee is to cover the cost of printing; if you are not employed by the Board the fee is higher.

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  • 39. sooky crljen  |  May 28, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Hello,

    How can I buy TDSB-produced resource document?

    Thanks,

    Sooky

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  • 40. sooky crljen  |  May 28, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Hello,

    Where can I get a list of all the TDSB-produced resources and how do I order them?

    Thanks,

    Sooky

    Reply

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