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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.

In the News

Toronto school board celebrates opening of centre for Black excellence
National Observer (June 15)

TDSB's Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement opens its doors (June 14)

First of its kind centre opens for black TDSB students
City News (June 13)

Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement
CTV News (June 13)

'It just feels blessed': TDSB finally gets to unveil Centre of Excellence for Black students
CBC News (June 13)

2021 News Articles

CEBSA/ TDSB Black Excellence Featured Stories


TDSB Students Score Second Place in Intuit "Lead with a Cause" Social Innovation Challenge

The Intuit “Lead with a Cause” Social Innovation Challenge, which launched in November 2021, asked secondary students to answer the question: How can your team help underrepresented (i.e. Black, Latinx, female, etc.) business owners access equitable opportunities to entrepreneurship and small business ownership? After months of planning, prepping and prototype building, Grade 11 student Lenecia Walters and her team of students from Georges Vanier Secondary School recently took home second place in the Intuit “Lead with a Cause” Social Innovation Challenge. The team competed at a regional and national level against nine school districts from across Canada and the United States to make it to the final round.

Learn More About the Intuit “Lead with a Cause” Social Innovation Challenge

Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement - African Heritage Month Programming and Resources

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

TDSB’s Black Student Summer Leadership Program inspires youth to take on the world

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

Black TDSB students explore the wide world of Engineering in latest summer 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

Pre-K Summer Learning Program helps give racialized students a voice

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

Upending stereotypes at West Hill C.I. through the arts

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

Voices in Black Excellence: Vibing at Amesbury Middle School

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.

Black Community Partnership Event a Success

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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