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Helping Kids Deal with Trauma Related to Geopolitical Violence & Islamophobia: A Guide for Educators

The Islamic Social Services Association and the National Council of Canadian Muslims have partnered to deliver this guide for educators, to help teachers and guidance counselors in the assessment, assistance and support of students dealing with grief, fear and confusion as a result of Islamophobia and geopolitical issues. The Guide will assist educational professionals in understanding the impact of hate, war trauma, secondary trauma and terrorism and through this foster empathy that can assist affected youth in finding a successful and productive way of life. Links to resources and lesson plans are included.

Helping Kids Deal with Trauma Related to Geopolitical Violence & Islamophobia: A Guide for Educators

Everyday Mental Health Resource

This resource was co-developed over the past two years by School Mental Health ASSIST and ETFO. It has been designed to provide K – 8 educators with evidence-based strategies to help develop the social and emotional learning skills of students in the following areas:
Stress Management and Coping Skills;
Emotion Identification Skills;
Positive Motivation Skills;
Relationship Skills;
Self Confidence and Identity Skills; and
Executive Functioning Skills.
These activities were informed and field tested by ETFO members. In addition, ETFO members were involved in a research project to determine the efficacy of the activities.

Everyday Mental Health Resource

Youth Mental Health Canada

A website devoted to youth mental health. It has lots of resources related to the subject as well as research and links to other resources.

Youth Mental Health Canada

7 Great Podcasts Hosted by Indigenous Women

List of podcasts of Indigenous women sharing stories through oral storytelling for a 21st-century accessible audience.

7 Great Podcasts Hosted by Indigenous Women

School Library Journal

A website with relevant articles connected to social justice, representation and equity. Focus on lessons from school libraries and book collection reviews and development.

School Library Journal

Consent at Early Age

This article provides strategies for educators on how to talk about consent from preschool to high school.

Consent at Early Age

Embrace Race Raising a Brave Generation

This is a website that is dedicated to helping educators think, talk and ensure they are keeping race in mind as they plan their lessons and learning spaces. It is a website that helps educators ensure their classrooms are not colour blind but rather culturally relevant and responsive.

Embrace Race Raising a Brave Generation

365 Days and Ways to Celebrate Black Canadians

ETFO’s latest project, the 365 Black Canadian Curriculum, is part of a compilation of equity resources for elementary educators. These resources, which support Black Canadian history in Ontario schools on a daily basis, include: a calendar; primary, junior and intermediate lesson plans; a workshop for staff; and a poster. With this resource, educators will have historically factual information to support the learning of issues concerning race and discrimination, while ensuring safe learning environments for students to discuss these topics in a respectful and reflective manner, while also exploring the realities of Black Canadians.

365 Days and Ways to Celebrate Black Canadians

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

For teachers who want to include consideration of LGBT issues in their study of social justice, a great source for materials is GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. offers a nice collection of educator guides and lesson plans as well as resources that can be accessed by youth leaders in their own advocacy work. Although it is U.S. based organization, the resources are generic enough that they can be useful in a Canadian context

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

Islamophobia

This guide can be used by educators to help understand the needs of students who have faced geopolitical violence and Islamophobia.

Islamophobia