______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: Integrity Commissioner Toronto public board to hire integrity commissioner Toronto Star (May 15) Summary: Toronto’s public board will be the first in the province to hire an integrity commissioner to oversee trustee conduct. On Wednesday night, trustees approved a plan, with former city integrity commissioner Janet Leiper acting as an adviser to get the office up and running by this fall. The board has not yet determined a budget, but is hoping to hire someone paid on a case-by-case basis.
Public school board creates integrity commissioner office InsideToronto (May 14) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: EQAO EQAO tests for students affected by teachers' strike postponed until further notice CTV (May 14) Summary: Students affected by the ongoing teachers' strike at public elementary and high schools across Ontario will not be given standardized tests due to the ongoing job action. In a memo sent on Thursday to the directors of education at the elementary and secondary school levels, the EQAO's chief assessment officer said testing materials will not be delivered to "any schools that are experiencing labour action." A spokesperson for the Toronto District School Board said in a tweet Thursday afternoon that standardized tests for students in Grades 3 and 6 will be "postponed until further notice" due to the ongoing, province-wide work-to-rule campaign. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: Nelson Mandela Park PS Portion of University Avenue renamed after humanitarian Nelson Mandela InsideToronto (May 13) Summary: The late Nelson Mandela’s contributions to human rights will not be forgotten, and the naming of a portion of University Avenue in his honour will ensure his struggles remain front-of-mind for many Torontonians. Students from Nelson Mandela Park PS (among others) were on hand for the official event. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: Lord Lansdowne Jr. & Sr. PS (Condo Developments) OMB settlement a good deal for Spadina and College neighbourhood InsideToronto (May 12) Summary: A settlement reached between the Wynn Group of Properties and the City of Toronto is expected to serve as a big win for students at Lord Lansdowne Public School and the historic Silver Dollar music venue. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: David Smith Ousted Scarborough school trustee Smith takes steps to reclaim his Ward 19 seat InsideToronto (May 13) Summary: Scarborough public school trustee David Smith, removed from his post in March for not filing his 2014 campaign expenses on time, appears to be on his way to reinstatement. Smith’s Scarborough Centre seat, the Toronto District School Board’s Ward 19, was declared vacant on March 27, when the trustee missed the filing deadline. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: Silverhill Park Silverhill area residents get promise of new playground from school board, city InsideToronto (May 13) Summary: The wait is over for residents hoping for a new playground in Silverhill Park. After waiting years to refurbish the space, which is owned by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), and leased by the City of Toronto, residents were told at a public meeting Monday night a new licensing agreement would be struck and put in place for 12 years. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: Labour Parents warned to expect elementary teachers strike Toronto Sun (May 6) Summary: While media reports suggest that this strike action will include a partial withdrawal of service (work-to-rule), ETFO has not indicated what it and its members intend to do,” a note from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to parents says. “It is important to know that in the event of a full strike by teachers ... it will be necessary for the TDSB to close all elementary and junior high schools to elementary students, kindergarten to Grade 8, as we will not be able to operate a safe learning environment.”
ETFO expected to provide update on teachers' job action by Friday 680News (May7) _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: Childcare Toronto school daycares fight eviction Toronto Star (May 7) Summary: Parents and child care advocates are welcoming $120 million in new provincial funding to create up to 4,000 new daycare spaces in schools over the next three years. But in Toronto, which is slated to get about 1,200 new spots under the provincial budget initiative announced last month, some parents are scrambling to hold on to what they already have. “It is good to have more daycares in schools, but I don’t know why they are trying to close our centre,” said Venus Mawirat, whose 3-year-old son Galen attends APS Daycare at North Preparatory Junior Public School which is facing eviction in June. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: Mental Health/Duke of Connaught Jr and Sr PS Middle school class inspired to tackle mental health stigma Toronto Star (May 6) Summary: Chazz Petrella’s story has become a touchstone in Room 205 at Duke of Connaught school in Toronto’s east end. Chazz was the same age as many of the students in Danielle Astor’s Grade 7/8 class when the 12-year-old killed himself last year after struggling with mental illness for years. The story of his death, which the Star broke last September and was recently featured in an episode of CBC’s The Fifth Estate, is one reason the class at Duke of Connaught Junior and Senior Public School decided to focus this year’s Learning Business Venture Project, exploring mental health and well-being. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: Concussion Policy/Northern SS Steps Toronto schools are taking to reduce concussions CTV (February 25) Summary: Highlights the TDSB’s new concussion policy and what it entails. Also features a Northern SS student who had suffered a concussion and was successfully re-integrated back into school/sports. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: Adam Beck JPS
Autism Support Group CBC Metro Morning (February 26) Summary: Matt Galloway spoke with Victoria Kirk, mother of a five-year-old boy with autism, and Rita Gallippi, principal of Adam Beck Junior Public School, about how a playground incident helped change how the school meets the needs of its students. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: Sex Ed. Curriculum
A Teacher Speaks Out About The New Sex Ed Curriculum CBC Metro Morning (February 25) Summary: This week, the provincial government announced its plans to change the sex ed curriculum. Matt Galloway spoke with Bronwyn Davidson taught grade 5/6 teacher at Williamson Road Public School in Toronto, for her perspective. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: Provincial Review of the TDSB - Wilson Report - Ministry of Education Directives
Toronto school trustees grudgingly follow province’s dramatic new script Toronto Star (February 6) Summary: Call it the Taming of the TDSB, a drama in 29 days. And Wednesday’s meeting may have turned the plot. For four pained, almost surreal, hours Canada’s most infamous school trustees bristled at the script Queen’s Park has forced on them to get them to shape up, play nice, butt out of the day-to-day business of schools and start planning which ones to close — all by Feb. 13.
Grade 6 students explore opportunities in space at Monarch Park InsideToronto (February 25) Summary: How does a rocket launch into space? Or how do you know which way is up or down? Those are some of the many questions students explored during the Toronto District School Board’s Air and Space Days at Monarch Park Stadium. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Topic: Ryerson CS
Students at Ryerson Community School get active CP24 (February 25) Select video on right side Summary: CP24's Jamie Gutfreund stops by Ryerson Community School downtown for a workout with some of the school's students. Features MJKO which offers a program in the school. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________