Issue # 7 | April 2012

In this issue

Teachers are key Partners for Mental Health

Teachers witness youth mental health issues play out in Canadian classrooms every day. The statistics speak for themselves. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (CMCC), between 15% and 25 % of our children and youth suffer... [+]

The shame of it all

Unconscionable! We make sure children with hearing or vision concerns get help. Why do we have insufficient resources for children’s mental health problems? We know that one in five people under 65 deals with a mental health concern each year… [+]

Mental illness stigma a problem in our schools

Stigma, broadly defined as society’s negative response to people who have a mental illness, is often described as more disabling than the illness itself. It prevents individuals and families from seeking early identification and treatment for a mental illness… [+]

Schools keep health in mind

Once considered an affliction mainly suffered by adults, mental illness now increasingly affects children. Studies show up to one in five Canadian youth experience mental illness – and for some of them, the pain becomes too much… [+]

Optimizing conditions of teachers’ professional practice to support students with special educational needs

Across the country, teachers are working to provide individualized instruction to the students in their classes. Teachers use their professional judgment to modify teaching to suit the learning… [+]

Focusing on children's mental health

More about the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)’s involvement as an inaugural member of the Coalition for Children and Youth Mental health, a group that believes that fostering social and emotional health as part of healthy… [+]

Media Portrayals of Persons with Disabilities

Read article produced by the Media Awareness Network as part of its series That's Not Me, resources that address media representation of ethnic and visible minorities, religion, Aboriginal people, LGBTQ and persons with disabilities... [+]

The Far Side of Educational Reform: Why teachers need to be co-creators of change in education

Teachers are at the far end of educational reform. Apart from students and parents, they are often the very last to be consulted about and connected to agendas of what changes are needed... [+]

CTF International Cooperation: celebrating the past and participating in the future

The first Project Overseas program of the next half century will be held in 13 countries in Africa and the Caribbean, with active engagement of 53 Canadians and their local co-tutors… [+]

Schools and the Connection to Identity among Official Language Minority Youths

A comparison of the realities of both minorities in Canada, that is the Anglophone minority in Quebec and the Francophone minority communities in Canada… [+]

On being an "ally"

Highlights of the CTF/MTS/STF Women’s Issues Symposium held in Winnipeg March 8-10 - “Living as an Ally: Individually and Collectively”... [+]

Elections Canada

Elections Canada’s two recent research reports highlight the importance of civic education: the National Youth Survey and Student Vote Evaluation... [+]

Raising water awareness with interactive multimedia

In her compelling article, University of Toronto graduate student Kate Campbell evaluates the impact that web-based educational multimedia can have on water literacy and environmental action in Canadian classrooms... [+]

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