As the newly elected president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), Barb Dobrowolski vows to advocate for educators to ensure they have the support they need.

Staying active a pandemic coping mechanism

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When seventh grader Marco Boci is in need of a break from his computer screen after a long day of virtual learning, he turns to the piano as way to escape.

First Nations mentorship includes Catholic outreach

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The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is laying the groundwork to provide more Indigenous youth with the training to succeed in roles that require the skill of technical self-reliance.

Unmasking the pandemic creativity: Mask4Aid a path to creative expression

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In coping with challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers and students are turning to art as a means of expression, hope and renewal.

Beyond high school: Preparing for life’s next big step

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In May of 1968 student protesters in Paris put up signs that read, “Be realistic — demand the impossible.” Other signs read, “Life, quickly.” Meanwhile in the United States young people rose up in disgust over their government’s conduct of the Vietnam War and Canadian universities began filling up with American draft dodgers.

The gift of Catholic education

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The story is told that Albert Einstein met with his graduate students in Physics at Princeton University to provide them with their final examination. After distributing the exam, he walked out. His teaching assistant walked out with him.

English course to explore Indigenous voices

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When Grade 11 English students in Durham Catholic high schools receive their reading assignments this year, the works of Shakespeare and other conventional texts will be replaced with ones focusing on Indigenous voices.

Softball star prepared to hit NCAA basepaths

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Uncertainty surrounding varsity sports in light of the global pandemic has 17-year-old softball player Rachelle Zilavec admittedly anxious but optimistic as she weighs the prospects of even starting her freshman season this year.

No place for negativity in this classroom

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For 24 years Antonio Gambale’s classroom has been a place where all have been welcomed and accepted, and for that, the Niagara Region teacher has been recognized with the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Difference Maker Award.

‘Pere’ Murray’s legacy thrives in Wilcox

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REGINA, SASK. -- Celebrations to mark this year’s centennial of Athol Murray College of Notre Dame at Wilcox, Sask., had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the pioneering spirit of the charismatic priest from Toronto who willed the college into being continues to resonate.

Schools can’t be the same in September

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The eagerness that normally greets the opening of a new school year won’t be found this year. Instead of excitement, new friends, greeting old friends and the anticipation of what will come, these emotions have been replaced by anxiety, fear and concern for our children and grandchildren’s future health.