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Teacher reading book to class

We focus on the effectiveness of the current model for Kindergarten, which includes a certified teacher and a designated early childhood educator.

Women picketing for Federation of Women Teachers Associations

Eighty-one percent of the members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) are women and, in many ways, the history of women teachers reflects the struggles of all Canadian women.

Farah Wadia and students standing in river.

“A water what?” was the response I’d get whenever I introduced my grade 8 students to the concept of a watershed.

Cover of Joel Westheimer's book What Kind of Citizen?

Westheimer’s view is that the goals of education have shifted away from preparing students to be active and engaged citizens. Through standardized curriculum and standardized testing, schools have moved to a more narrow focus on career preparation and individual economic gain.

Shannon Gamble sitting in room with toys

Four years of war in Syria have driven millions of people out of the country, seeking refuge anywhere possible.

Aboriginal community members marching down street

On June 1, 2008, just days before the Prime Minister’s public apology to residential school survivors and their families and communities, the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established.

Students standing in classroom holding a rainbow flag

In June of 2013, students at City View Alternative School in Toronto’s west end cut the ceremonial ribbon across the door of a multi-stall, all-gender washroom. Simultaneously, they began a cultural mind shift in the way our school community could dismantle systemic transphobia.

Natasha Henry standing in front of lockers

I recently participated in a curriculum workshop for teachers hosted by Natasha Henry.

young elementary students standing together  near school bus holding paper bags

From this beginning, our class began a journey that would collect more than 5,000 items for donation in a little over a week’s time!

Teacher and student, smiling, looking at laptop

We all hear that positive collaboration is essential to optimizing learning environments, but what does it mean? How do we develop healthy working relationships? When I started my teaching career, it was not clear to me how to work as a member of a team.

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