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The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement recognizes that the process of dismantling anti-Black racism and improving outcomes for Black students requires the ongoing collaboration and support of families, communities and partner organizations. The Centre of Excellence aims to be responsive to the voices of Black communities who continue to advocate for systemic change within educational institutions through strategic community engagement initiatives and educational partnerships.
Community consultations and focus groups are conducted throughout the year to provide families an opportunity to engage with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement and staff of the TDSB. Families are able to share their experiences engaging with their school community and discuss how the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement can support their needs.
The TDSB Human Library Podcast: Conversations around Black Student Success and Excellence is a series of 15-minute audio episodes hosted by Shayle Graham.
The podcast introduces listeners to leading scholars, emerging thinkers, and fellow educators passionate about creating learning spaces dedicated to Black student success, well-being and positive racial identity. Each episode will highlight strategies that support meaningful engagement and advocacy of caregivers and communities and offers up guidance on how to navigate the education system.
Listen to season two of the TDSB Human Library Podcast: Conversations around Black Student Success and Excellence now!
A variety of events supporting community involvement are held throughout the year. View our launch event and our virtual grand opening for the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement.
Storytime: The Hockey Skates with Karl Subban!
Join the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement for an evening of storytime fun! Karl Subban will read his new book The Hockey Skates and share his experiences as an educator, coach, and hockey dad. Enjoy music, stories and more!
Date: February 21, 2024
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Winston Churchill CI – 2239 Lawrence Ave. E (library)
Audience: TDSB Students, Families and Staff
Register here or at bit.ly/3HOixuH
National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM): Muslim Afrofuturism
In collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, this session explores ideas of joy and belonging through the lens of Muslim Afrofuturism. Students and their families are invited to come and learn and explore the strengths, hopes, and dreams of Black Muslim communities.
Date: February 22, 2024
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Format: Synchronous virtual
Audience: Caregivers, Community, Students (Gr. 7-12)
Register here or at bit.ly/3IjZRDn
The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement is hosting its second session of the 2023 - 2024 Webinar Wednesdays series. The aim of this virtual series is to provide space for Black parents and caregivers, and families raising Black children to support their children’s success, academic achievement and overall well-being as they transition from high school.
Through collaborations with various post-secondary institutions, the Webinar Wednesdays series shares information and resources on various topics, including, but not limited to graduation and post-secondary pathways.
This session, we focus on Pathways to Skilled Trades. Parents, caregivers and families please join us as we chat with representatives from post-secondary institutions about the application processes and career pathways.
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Registration link: bit.ly/42zc7sY
Established in 2016, BSACAC’s mandate is to examine and make recommendations on strategies to create more equitable outcomes, raise achievement levels and create safe spaces for Black students.
The BSACAC supports the Board’s ongoing commitment to work in partnership with its parents/guardians, communities and students to improve educational outcomes for Black students.
Dr. Carl James, York University’s Jean Augustine Chair, has been engaging in parent engagement workshops across the BSSE schools. Dr. James’ sessions have reached families and caregivers across all four Learning Centres within the TDSB.
The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement focuses on improving the academic outcomes and experiences of belonging for Black students. The Centre of Excellence strives to support meaningful engagement and advocacy of caregivers and communities, improve communication about Black student success and provide guidance with system navigation.
Location: 2239 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough, ON, M1P 2P7
Office phone number: (416) 396-2351