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Welcome to the News section of the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement. Here you'll find the latest news stories.
Making Plans: TDSB supporting Black student success and excellence
Ontario Summer Learning (July 27)
TVO Collaborates with TDSB’s Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement for the Black Student Summer Leadership Program
TVO (July 13)
Toronto public school board Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement launched
Ron Fanfair (June 29)
TDSB centre will foster ‘sense of safety, belonging’
Share (June 17)
‘A milestone’: TDSB launches centre to improve outcomes for Black students
Toronto Star (June 1)
TDSB launches new centre to combat 'deeply entrenched' anti-Black racism
CTV (June 1)
Toronto School Board launches Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement
The Caribbean Camera (May 27)
People of African descent have a rich legacy of cultural practices and traditions across generations. Toronto District School Board (TDSB) continues to be committed to honouring the contributions and activism of African and Black communities worldwide. Every February, educators, students, and their families honour the histories and contributions of people of African descent from around the world. At the TDSB, this year’s theme is Nia: Walking in our Purpose. Please visit the African Heritage Month Committee to learn more about the theme and to view the calendar of events.
Learn More About African Heritage Month Programming and Resources
Through BSSLP, self-identified Black students were matched and placed in one of the 18 for-profit and not-for-profit organizations who partnered with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, which is where the program is housed. The goal of the program is to build each student’s competency in the workforce and their connections to professionals in the industry.
Learn More About the Black Student Summer Leadership Program
Through the Black Students Adventures in Engineering Program Black identified students across the TDSB logged on virtually three times a week, from June 28th to July 23rd to learn the fundamentals of computer science, engineering design and it’s affects and influences on the environment and society.
Learn More About the Black Students Adventure in Engineering Program
The Inspired to Excel program focuses on supporting young children’s transition into formal schooling within a culturally relevant and responsive academic framework. Over the course of four weeks, young learners with the help of their parents, build self-confidence, self-awareness, a sense of self-identity and develop a foundation for academic success in preparation to enter the school system.
Learn more about Inspired to Excel
The sounds of singing voices filtered out of West Hill Collegiate Institute’s music room. Members of the school’s senior choir were rehearsing with their Dramatic Arts vocal teacher Lizzie Kurtz, West Hill’s Assistant Curriculum Leader of the Arts. The students are part of the school’s Upend Project, which supports the TDSB’s Black Student Achievement & Excellence Strategy.
Learn more about the Upend Project
The students rose in the gymnasium of Amesbury Middle School for the singing of the Black National Anthem. That’s how the day started at the school’s V.I.B.E. (Voices in Black Excellence) conference.
Learn more about the school's V.I.B.E.
Nearly 70 community agencies and organizations who serve Black communities attended two recent workshops to learn how to engage and partner with the TDSB.
Learn more about the Black Community Partnership Event
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