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Addressing Anti-Asian Anti-Racism: A Resource for Educators

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) collaborated to create this resource. With a focus on utilizing an equity and anti-oppressive framework, this resource supports members in deepening their own knowledge, re-designing curriculum, shifting classroom conditions and creating school spaces to address anti-Asian racism during COVID-19 and beyond.

Addressing Anti-Asian Anti-Racism: A Resource for Educators

Canadian School Libraries Journal

This is a website that is focused on centering the experiences, viewpoints and research on school libraries. There are many articles, teaching strategies and lesson ideas that new teachers can learn from. It also shows the power of collaborating with the teacher and school teacher-librarian on various curriculum subjects. This website is powerful because it can help new teachers get ideas of how to approach various projects and lessons for various subject areas with a particular focus on literacy education.

Canadian School Libraries Journal

The Top 10 Recommended Podcasts for Professional Development

This is a great list of curated podcasts for teachers that cover a variety of topics and grade levels. Most of the podcasts listed are by teachers for teachers so they have a great insider perspective to the lived experiences of teachers. The podcasts cover topics such as math, equity, steam and leadership. There is something for everyone!

The Top 10 Recommended Podcasts for Professional Development

Teaching Tolerance

This website provides resources that support teachers as they help their students become active citizens through a social justice lens. The resources are categorized in different topics for easy browsing and accessibility such as Classroom Resources, Professional Development and Podcasts. Teachers will be able to find a variety of resources to support their work in different subject areas as well as gain ideas and continue to develop their social justice teaching lens.

Teaching Tolerance

Example Article: Favorite Holiday Poster Projects Aren’t Inclusive

ABCs of Mental Health

The ABCs of Mental Health provides two free, web-based Resources – one for teachers and one for parents – to help answer these questions. The Resources include ideas for promoting the mental health of children and adolescents, information about how children change as they get older, descriptions of behaviours that might indicate a problem, and practical suggestions for steps to take.

ABCs of Mental Health

Children’s Mental Health Ontario: Teacher Resources

This page contains resources that describe the most likely mental health problems to be present in today’s classrooms. These guides offer tips on early identification and intervention, practical suggestions on how to accommodate and respond to students with mental health problems, and information on combating stigma in the classroom.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario: Teacher Resources

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

The Calm Schools Initiative

The Calm Schools Initiative is offering every teacher in the world free access to Calm, the mindfulness app that hundreds of thousands of people all over the world use every day. The organization’s stated aim is to empower teachers with mindfulness tools and resources they can use to help kids learn this new skill.

The Calm Schools Initiative

Teach Mental Health

Through a partnership with Faculties of Education from St. Francis Xavier University, Western University and University of British Columbia, TeenMentalHealth.Org has built a comprehensive mental health literacy learner resource for pre-service and practicing teachers. Available to faculties of education, teachers and other educators who are currently in schools are also welcome to take the course.

Teach Mental Health