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Books written about, for & with Indigenous peoples

From Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library

Our Professional Library has been adding great new books written about, for and with Indigenous peoples.

Check out the books/documents published since 2010 available via Professional Library.

Be sure to login to our catalogue if you want to reserve any of the books on the list!

TDSB Educators! If you have any information needs, please let us know by contacting the Professional Library:






October 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment

New Book List for October 2017

Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library

Check out the New Book List for October 2017!

We have added several new titles to our collection on Effective Leaders/Effective Schools, Science and STEM, and Social Studies/Social Justice.

Let us know if you have any information needs by contacting us –




October 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment


From Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library

Islamic Heritage Month Guidebook for Educators 2017, published by TDSB  under the leadership of TDSB IHM Steering Committee, is available at the TDSB Professional Library.

Print version: Islamic Heritage month guidebook for educators 2017
Web version: Islamic Heritage month guidebook for educators 2017

The Guidebook has an accompanying  User Guide: http://tdsbweb/webdocuments/Equity/docs/UG_16.pdf 

and we have created a list of Resources in the Guidebook that are available at TDSB:

You can also check out the resource list, Islamic Heritage Month Guide October 2017, compiled by the TDSB Professional Library:

Toronto Star articles  which might interest you:

Toronto District School Board revises Islamic guide
How two moms and a teacher are helping Toronto celebrate Islamic Heritage Month


October 16, 2017 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework (2017)

From Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library

This is a newly released document from the Ontario Ministry of Education. They state in the document that it “is our province’s plan to transform Ontario’s early years and child care system.”

The immediate initiatives that will be rolled out over the next year include:

● expanding before- and after-school programming for children aged 6 to 12,
where there is sufficient demand;
● integrating Ontario’s child and family programs into a more streamlined
and accessible service; and
● committing continued support for early years and child care professionals
through a $2 per hour plus benefits wage enhancement and a $20 home
child care enhancement grant.

Check it out!

October 12, 2017 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Resources for #CitizenshipWeek: Oct. 9-15

Celebrated annually in October, Citizenship Week is a time to think about our rights & responsibilities as Canadian citizens. The Government of Canada posts some ideas for celebrating Citizenship Week on its website.

There are also lots of resources available through the TDSB Virtual Library to support Citizenship Week celebrations.

Canadian Encyclopedia:
This is a great resource for background information on a ton of topics; try searching for Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, government, rights of Indigenous peoples, and political parties.

CBC Curio
Find Canadian videos in English & French that address Canadian history, current events and more. Highlights include:

Parliament of Canada:
The Parliament of Canada website has great resources explaining the 3 branches of Canadian government; choose Our Country, Our Parliament for games, videos & quizzes

Tab-Vue (*see Learnmark for password – TDSB only):
Find lots of great eBooks related to the Canadian government. Check out especially:



October 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

Body Image

From Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library

TDSB is recognizing its first annual Body Confidence Awareness Week October 9 to 13, 2017.

Check out this list of resources that include books, dvds/videos and streamed media on body image that are available via our catalogue.

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October 11, 2017 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Meet Your TDSB Teachers Read Panelists: Rahim Essabhai

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 Rahim Essabhai, Secondary Teacher

TDSB Teachers Read Promo_Rahim

Rahim has taught within TDSB and various other countries for over a decade. He currently teaches Senior Business and Cooperative Education courses at John Polanyi Collegiate Institute, and most definitely enjoys providing his students with real life experiences, both within and exterior to the classroom through Social Entrepreneurship and strong Community Partnerships. Rahim has travelled, taught, volunteered and studied in over 25 countries. His experiences included building a school in Nicaragua (2013) with students and teachers, and also competing in Social Entrepreneurial Business competitions in Russia (2014) and South Korea (2015) with phenomenal John Polanyi CI students.

Rahim will be presenting The Opposable Mind: Winning Through Integrative Thinking by Roger Martin. A classroom resource for John Polanyi’s Grade 12 Business Leadership course, this book brilliantly analyzes real case challenges within the business world and articulates how to use two opposing models to create a third option and solve the messy problems our world has to offer.

If you’re interested in The Opposable Mind, find lots of great resources related to integrative thinking on Rotman’s iThink website

To hear Rahim’s pitch for why all TDSB educators should read The Opposable Mind, 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:

October 10, 2017 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

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