Yearly Archives: 2019

Give the Gift of These Great Reads

Looking for an inspiring gift for the readers in your life? This holiday, share amazing adventures and profound ideas that will stay with your loved one long after New Year’s Day. These best-selling titles make thoughtful presents for those who love to read, write, teach, and learn.  Ensouling Our Schools by Jennifer Katz, with Kevin […]

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Using the “A Girl Called Echo” Series to Spark Discussion in Your Classroom

Is the past ever truly behind us? In the A Girl Called Echo series, a thirteen-year-old Métis girl named Echo Desjardins finds herself immersed in the historical events that have shaped her identity. The series, written by Katherena Vermette with illustrations by Scott B. Henderson and colours by Donovan Yaciuk, follows Echo as she slides […]

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Social Justice in Art, Part Two: KC Adams & GMB Chomichuk

In part two of our Social Justice in Art series, we spoke with artists KC Adams and GMB Chomichuk. We heard their insights on creative collaboration, art as a means to start conversations, and taking risks in the service of important messages. You can read part one here. KC Adams KC Adams (she/her/hers) is a Cree/Ojibway/British […]

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Social Justice in Art, Part One: Natasha Donovan & Scott B. Henderson

Art has always been a catalyst for social change. Before a piece of artwork can make an impact on the world, artists must embark on a process of complex decisions, creative thinking, and skillful execution. In part one of this two-part series, we interviewed artists Natasha Donovan and Scott Henderson. Both have contributed artwork to […]

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A Conversation with Faye Brownlie

Over the last several decades, Faye Brownlie has been an educator, a reading clinician, an author, and a keynote speaker. In January 2005, her expertise in literacy education and inclusive learning led her to write her acclaimed book, Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: A Unique Approach to Literature Circles. With its focus on engaging learners and […]

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Three Teacher’s Guides for Leading Conversations on Indigenous Issues

Did you know we have teacher’s guides for many of our titles? These guides are a great help when it comes to tackling tough themes. If you’re a little nervous about discussing Indigenous issues in your classroom, these resources are worth checking out! Each teacher’s guide below makes an excellent companion to its respective book. […]

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Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: Faye Brownlie on What’s New in the 2nd Edition

All kids should have the opportunity to fall in love with reading. Faye Brownlie’s acclaimed guide, Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses, has offered teachers a powerful set of tools for engaging young readers since its release in 2005. Now, the second edition is almost here, and it’s filled with new strategies and updated tools for today’s […]

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Orange Shirt Day: Guiding Conversations about Residential Schools in the Classroom

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day—a nationally-recognized event to acknowledge the harm inflicted by residential schools. For educators, this day represents a special opportunity to engage young people in important discussions about residential schools and other structures of systemic racism.  There’s no way around it; these conversations are hard. They’re painful, delicate—and necessary. So, where […]

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Books for Teaching Sustainability, Ecology, and the Environment in BC Classrooms

Sustainability is more than a trend; it’s the initiative our world depends on. As our world reels from climate change, our mission must be to place environmentalism at the heart of our culture. Educators like you have the unique opportunity to engender young people with the desire to live sustainably. With that goal in mind, […]

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Authentic Indigenous Content for Middle Years and High School Classrooms

With the new school year just around the corner, we’ve heard from teachers like you looking to include Indigenous perspectives in your curriculum. If you’re looking to incorporate more great literature from Indigenous authors into your classroom, this list is for you. These stories make great reads for older students with powerful touch points for […]

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