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Professional Development Articles

Mental Health Literacy for the Classroom

Aug 13, 2018 jjamison

Mental illness most often begins in adolescence, yet the people who work with teenagers on a daily basis are often unprepared to recognize and understand mental illness. Teacher education programs rarely address mental health literacy, resulting in teacher candidates who are at a disadvantage when they enter the workforce. TeachMentalHealth.Org was developed to address this need.   This online modular-based…

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COTA/SD#23 and the Westbank First Nation Indigenous Summit

Aug 13, 2018 jjamison

August 28th, 29th, and 30th. The partner groups have joined together to put on three days on the how of reconciliation and indigenizing the curriculum. The summit is about building an active and healthy intercultural community to support each other’s on-going efforts to live Truth and Reconciliation in our classrooms, to  share our stories and truths to strengthen our understanding of each other, cross…

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Nixing plans to add Indigenous content to Ontario curriculum is a travesty

Jul 30, 2018 jjamison
Nixing plans to add Indigenous content to Ontario curriculum is a travesty

Theodore Christou Associate Professor, Social Studies and History Education, Queen's University, Ontario Ontario’s newly elected government has dismissed a plan to revise the province’s social studies and history curriculums to add Indigenous content. There was no reason offered for Premier Doug Ford’s decision. I was part of the group rewriting the curriculum. I am not annoyed at the Ontario…

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Why your child will benefit from inquiry-based learning

Jul 30, 2018 jjamison
Why your child will benefit from inquiry-based learning

David Scott Director, Student Experiences Community-Based Pathway, University of Calgary “Inquiry-based learning” is a hot topic in education these days, both in Canada and around the world. In Canada, Ontario’s incoming premier Doug Ford recently declared his opposition to recent curriculum reforms including the inquiry-based “discovery math.” “Kids used to learn math by doing things like memorizing…

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Mathematics talent abounds in Indigenous communities

Jul 30, 2018 jjamison
Mathematics talent abounds in Indigenous communities

Veselin Jungic Professor, Simon Fraser University After attending the First Nations Math Education Workshop in Banff in 2009, I launched the Math Catcher Outreach Program at Simon Fraser University (SFU), which uses the model of the Indigenous storytelling as a tool to attract youth to the study of mathematics. The main goal of the program is to encourage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students…

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