January 2016

We are excited to tell you about this year’s Ontario College of Teachers Conference titled Inspiring Public Confidence.

The event features English and French workshops focused on:

➔ Professional Regulation
➔ Employers of Ontario Certified Teachers
➔ Acting in the Public Interest

Excellent speakers including Lieutenant-General, the Honourable Roméo Dallaire and journalist Linden MacIntyre.

Take a look at the full program HERE.

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INBETWEEN Magazine helps parents navigate the often tumultuous teen and young adult years. Most recently they’ve published a detailed piece about the on-going issue of bullying and cybebullying, titled ” High School Horror.”

“Some teens cannot find solace away from bullying. It follows them everywhere from the halls of high school to their online activity at home. Here’s how you can step in and keep your child safe,” the article began.

While writting this piece INBETWEEN spoke with CSSN president Stu Auty for information about the causes and effects of bullying and cyberbullying.

Take a look at their full article here:

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CSSN has spent 20 years creating schools that are safe and welcoming for all students in Canada. In 2016 there will be new students in class that need our help.

Before our holiday break, we sat down to discuss our next move in creating safe and inclusive school environments. It occurred to us that with the new year, came new students, and a second ‘Back to School’ season. As Canada accepts 25,000 Syrian refugees by February 2016, it is worth noting that many of them are families with school-aged children. This means that this week, and in weeks to come, refugee children will be stepping into new Canadian classrooms for the first time.

For years we have helped address issues that cause stress and anxiety in children including, starting a new school, learning a new curriculum, being included, and making friends. The reality is a refugee child will face each of these issues upon entering their new classroom.

There is no doubt that this transitional period will be a difficult one. CSSN is proud to announce our newest initiative to help refugee children feel safe and included in their new schools.

Our new Back to School Support Package Initiative will send packages of school supplies, technology, and tutoring services to refugee children across Canada. Our goal is to provide them with all the same supplies their peers will have, as well as offer tutoring to help with language barriers that may affect their studies.

Along with this program we will soon be delivering a number of strategies for teachers, to help create a welcoming environment for their new students.

Learn more about this initiative or purchase a Back to School Support Package here:

https://canadiansafeschools.com/sendsupport

A new school, new friend, a new classroom can be a stressful experience for any child. Imagine not knowing the language, culture and curriculum.

If you are a teacher in Canada who is accepting a new refugee student in your classroom, please get in touch with us to arrange a support package.

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