And the 2017-18 TDSB Teachers Read winner is…

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The 2017-18 TDSB Teachers Read winner is Strength and Struggle: Perspectives from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada by Rachel A. Mishenene & Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse.

Strength and Struggle was presented by Christina Saunders an Instructional Leader with the Urban Indigenous Education Centre.

Congratulations to Christina and a big thank you to all of our TDSB Teachers Read panelists for the inspiring book selections, careful preparation, thoughtful presentations and lively discussion. Learn more about Christina and the other panelists.

Learn more about Strength and Struggle

The votes are tallied but the discussion doesn’t end!

Join us Thursday, January 25th, 2018 from 7:30-8:30pm for a #tdsbEd Twitter Chat revolving around Strength and Struggle.
Want to chat with other teachers on a regular basis? Check out #tdsbEd Chat, a bi-weekly Twitter chat for TDSB educators moderated by Larissa Aradj & Arianna Lambert

Learn more about the event:

Happy Reading!


November 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm 1 comment

OCT Professional Advisory on Bullying

Responding to the Bullying of Students is the latest professional advisory from the Ontario College of Teachers.  The Council of the Ontario College of Teachers approved this professional advisory on June 8, 2017.

The 2016 OCT study found that among students “58 per cent are victims of bullying”,  and that “65 per cent of parents and members identified bullying as a top priority for the development of professional advisories.”

This advisory outlines the professional responsibilities for teachers and provides a self-reflective framework for addressing bullying.

Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library

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October 30, 2017 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

Vote for the book you think all TDSB teachers should read! #tdsbReads

From Natalie C., Reference & Digital Resources Librarian

On Wed. Oct. 18th at 4:30pm, the TDSB Professional Library held its inaugural TDSB Teachers Read event. 5 great educators shared the 5 inspiring books they believe all TDSB Teachers should read.

Don’t forget to vote!
Now, it’s your turn to vote for the book you like best! Voting is open until Wed. Oct. 31st, and we’ll announce the winning title on Thurs. Nov. 1st. Learn more about the event below.

Watch the discussion:

After each giving a 5 minute presentation on the merits of their selected titles, our panelists Rahim Essabhai, Chris Lee, Diana Maliszewski, Christina Saunders & Jennifer Watt engaged in a lively discussion that touched on the practical applications of each of their texts.

Rahim, who presented The Opposable Mind by Roger Martin, highlighted the value of the models discussed in his book for students of all ages. He talked about integrative thinking fairs where students in the primary grades are called to talk about how they have used tools like pro-con charts and the ladder of inference to solve problems.

Chris discussed how his selection, Intentional Talk by Elham Kazemi & Allison Hintz, which focused on conversations in math classrooms, could have broader implications for “setting the norms for a learning classroom, instead of a teaching classroom,” no matter the subject.

Diana emphasized that her book, Calm, Alert & Learning by Dr. Stuart Shanker was designed not only to help teachers provide students with self-regulation techniques, but also to help teachers who are burned out and stressed use these techniques themselves. She also mentioned other ways teachers can learn about self-regulation beyond the book, encouraging the audience to check out Dr. Stuart Shanker’s MEHRIT Centre for additional professional learning opportunities.

While Christina‘s book is designed for use with older students, she argued that Strength and Struggle by Rachel A. Mishenene & Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse would be equally valuable for elementary students to introduce complex ideas like social justice, colonization, resiliency and equity. While the students may not fully understand these concepts, Christina emphasized the value of using the reader to “begin these conversations.”

Jennifer recognized that books with practical teaching strategies are extremely useful; however, she emphasized that her book, Releasing the Imagination by Maxine Greene will allow teachers to take a step back, look at the big picture and think about why they’re using these strategies. Even though Jennifer’s text is 20 years old, she asserted the importance of reading this classic work “because it provokes a lot of questions related to critical awareness on the part of teachers.”

The panelists did an excellent job emphasizing why it was important to read their selections, and we’re so grateful to them for sharing their expertise.

More information about the panelists & their book selections is available on our website:






October 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Resources to support Outdoor Education


Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library

Check out the Great resources on Outdoor Education available from the TDSB Professional Library to support the Take Me Outside Day on October 25, 2017!

Take Me Outside Day is an initiative to help raise awareness about the importance of outdoor education.  You can download the official Take Me Outside Day Poster for 2017 from the official site.

If you have any questions about our resources or need information, please reach out to us:




October 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

New Global Competencies Pinterest Board

From Judy A. Librarian Reference and Collection Management

To support instruction in the global competencies, we at the TDSB Professional Library have compiled a list of resources and placed them on a new Pinterest board. TDSB staff can click twice on a book image and be taken directly to its record in our catalogue. Just log in to reserve your copy.

To keep up to date with our new acquisitions and hot topics in education, follow all of our Pinterest boards here and remember, all TDSB staff can call, email or text the Professional Library any time for help with your information needs. Here’s how to contact us.

October 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Check out Reviews for the 2018 OLA Forest of Reading Books

Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library


The 2018 OLA Forest of Reading Nominees  were announced on Oct 16th.

Look for the reviews on those nominated books all in one place:

You will see the reviews on the nominated books under each of the following awards:
Blue Spruce (Picture Books JK-Gr 2)
Silver Birch  (Fiction/Non-Fiction Gr 3-6; Fiction/Non-Fiction Gr 3-4)
Red Maple  (Fiction Gr 7-8)
White Pine  (Fiction Gr 9-12)
Le Prix Peuplier  (French Read-Aloud Picture Books Grade range varies)
Le Prix Tamarac  (French Fiction and Non-Fiction Chapter Books Grade range varies)

Let the Professional Library help you with any information needs:








October 19, 2017 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

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

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