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Today is Multiculturalism Day in Canada. Food connects us to culture and heritage. It’s a welcoming way to share culture and heritage, and to celebrate multiculturalism. Bread is a collection of short films highlighting six Canadian women from different backgrounds and their recipes for bread. Along with showing us how they make bread, the women… Read more

Summer Reading for Grown-ups

The warm weather has arrived and with it summer reading. Whether you like to read fiction or non-fiction, summer is a great time to catch up on reading for enjoyment. And, it’s always interesting to pick up reading suggestions from other people. Here are a couple of places to find new titles: Modern Mrs. Darcy’s… Read more

Engaging Kids Through Building and Design

Emily Pilloton, Founder of Studio H, a design/build class at REALM Charter School and Girls Garage both in Berkeley, California, describes how she “knew there were things about architecture and design that could have a deep impact in the classroom.” For ideas and projects that families can build together, borrow Family Engineering: an activity and… Read more

Today I Learned

For people who would enjoy learning new, obscure or amazing things about the world and beyond, Today I Learned is a series of videos worth watching. National Geographic has a growing collection of very short videos on their website.  Here’s a sample: See the videos on the National Geographic website or YouTube. (Some of this… Read more

Invisible Heroes

Invisible Heroes: Aboriginal stories from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is a collection of narratives by Aboriginal community members in Vancouver, reflecting on their personal stories and critically analyzing their experience within a historical timeline of Canadian policy. The book is a prduct of a project that was conducted by the Carnegie Learning Centre. The Invisible Heroes… Read more

Be Internet Awesome

Be Internet Awesome is a new Internet safety curriculum for children from Google. The five key concepts are: Share with Care Don’t Fall for Fake Secure Your Secrets It’s Cool to Be Kind When in Doubt, Talk It Out The program includes a downloadable curriculum and an online game. The game is set in a… Read more

World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day. Yusra Mardini was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on 27 April 2017.

The Jigsaw Method

What are the most effective teaching strategies? Research by John Hattie and Greg Donoghue indicates that it depends on a number of factors, including where students are in the learning cycle and what the purpose of the learning is. The one teaching strategy that is identified as working for acquiring and consolidating surface and deep… Read more

Summer Reading and Children

How do Canadian children and their parents feel about summer reading? 96% of Canadian parents and 84% of their children agree that summer reading is important and fun. But, the positive attitude doesn’t always get translated into reading behaviour.  Just over half of children will read during the summer without prompting, and an additional third… Read more

First Peoples

First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers aims to fill the need for clear information in simple language about the First Peoples in Vancouver. It introduces newcomers to three important topics: who are Aboriginal people (or First Peoples) in Vancouver and Canada; a brief overview of the relationship between the Government of Canada and First Peoples;… Read more