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FACE School’s virtual orchestra plays together while apart during COVID

Teacher Theodora Stathopoulos of Montreal’s FACE School found a way for the band to play on during the pandemic … and students picked up some valuable global competencies in addition to honing their musical chops on the way. Read more.
August 03, 2021

Building community connections for the youngest students

SK/Grade 1 teacher Stephanie Shore engages her students in experiential learning and builds community connections during Fun Fridays – a pandemic-inspired learning innovation at Huron-Perth Catholic DSB.
July 28, 2021

Students Mentoring Students at Algoma DSB

Students Mentoring Students at Algoma DSB: A unique mentoring program developed in partnership with Algoma Family Services supports ADSB students’ social-emotional health. Read more.
March 08, 2021

#BeWell: Social-Emotional Health at Ottawa Catholic School Board during COVID-19

OCSB grounds its approach to student, teacher, staff and parent health and wellbeing during COVID-19 on one of its three strategic commitments. Read more from guest bloggers Manon Séguin and Dr. Richard Bolduc.
March 04, 2021

Mental health in the education sector

A conversation with Morneau Shepell's Paula Allen about what education leaders can do to support educators’ mental health during COVID-19.
February 11, 2021

Skills, social justice and the future of work:

Noah Aiken-Klar and Mark Beckles have helped build RBC’s $500-million commitment to invest in the future of work, especially for BIPOC and barriered youth, from the ground up. RBC Future Launch, a ten-year program that launched in 2016, marks the largest community commitment RBC has made to address a single significant social issue.
October 07, 2020

A sea change for Black students in Halifax

Principal Karen Hudson shares the details of Auburn Drive High School’s Africentric curriculum and the group of students who have seen their lived experience reflected and respected in their educational experience for the first time.
August 28, 2020

Ways of Knowing: Beyond school

Reona Brass speaks about Indigenous culture courses, social justice movements, and the need for allies to ‘do the work’ to dismantle systemic inequities that Indigenous students face.
August 04, 2020

Future Ready Learning in New Brunswick

Tricia Berry’s mandate when she joined NB’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development was to do no less than transform career education across the province to the latest international best practices. Here’s how she and her colleagues went about doing it.
July 22, 2020

Ways of Knowing: Creating connections

As Indigenous Education Consultant for Prairie Valley School Division in Saskatchewan, Reona Brass and her colleagues help foster connections between students, schools and communities, and 14 Nakota, Dakota, Cree and Anishinaabe First Nations of the area, integrating Indigenous culture and ways of knowing into the K-12 curriculum across the school division.
July 22, 2020

A marathon not a sprint

During the COVID-19 school closures, Huron-Perth Catholic DSB took the time to build community, culture and trust as they managed the transition to distance learning across the rural school district and set people up for long-term success.
June 26, 2020

Everything old is new again

What does Pembina Trails School Division’s online high school, InformNet, share in common with penicillin? Hear from Ted Fransen about how an existing but under-used technology became key to the transition to distance learning during COVID-19.
June 26, 2020

THIS IS US: COVID-19 creates opportunities for ‘innovative inclusion’

Luc Lerminiaux writes about how teamwork has been transformative and how new opportunities for equity and inclusion emerged as some of the “unintended benefits” of making the switch to virtual ways of working and teaching.
June 15, 2020

Teaching outside the comfort zone, caring beyond the curriculum

Elwin LeRoux reflects on how Halifax Regional Centre for Education drew strength from collaboration, connection and compassion while needing to stay apart during COVID-19.
June 12, 2020

Re-opening schools in British Columbia: A tale in three acts (so far!)

We spoke with Dr. Godden to learn how Abby Schools handled what is – so far – a three-part process, shutting down in March, opening up for vulnerable students and the children of essential workers in April and May, and returning to a blended model for all students for the last month of the school year in June.
June 09, 2020

Innovation through connection and coherence

We’re asking education leaders across the country to reflect on some of the most interesting, innovative ideas they’re seeing in K-8 education during COVID-19. Erin Kelly, Director of Education, shares her thoughts on connection and coherence as drivers of innovation in these great examples from Greater Essex County District School Board.
May 19, 2020