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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.

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What difference will teaching Black history in schools make?

CBC (February 13)

Black leadership classes, trivia competition and celebrations take students beyond Black History Month

CBC (February 7)

Inside the unique Africentric school that celebrates Black history all year

CBC (February 1)

Inspiring journeys: Black Arts students nurture connections between high school and higher education

Toronto Metropolitan University (December 8)

As it turned out, the Centre was planning the first TDSB Black Student Post-Secondary Engagement Symposium on November 15, 2023. This was an opportunity for post-secondary institutions to connect with Black students in the TDSB to share programs, interest groups, clubs, communities, and services that affirm the lived and historic experiences of Black students, support their sense of belonging in post-secondary spaces, and connect them to culturally relevant programs and resources.

Black students shone brightly at youth conference

The Caribbean Camera (November 2)

Black students from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) gathered at York University for the 2nd Annual Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Conference. Creating Possibilities for Black Students in K-12 Education and Leadership.

TDSB Centre of Excellence 'a beacon of hope' for Black students

Share News (June 8 -21)

The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement offers numerous programs for students, staff and families. Through the work of the TDSB, staff and community partnerships, more opportunities are opening up for Black students. They are exploring numerous career pathways, are receiving mentorship and are seeing themselves positively represented through the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement.

Jane and Finch middle school students get taste of high school at special day of hands-on learning

CBC (January 18)

The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, an initiative of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), arranged for students from Brookview Middle School and Oakdale Park Middle School to tour Westview Centennial Secondary School on Tuesday and Wednesday. The event, called a "joint day of experiential learning," drew about 240 students, about 120 each day, from both feeder schools. Students learned about course offerings, including technological education, at Westview.

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Screening with the Hon. Jean Augustine at Central Technical School

The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement hosted a screening and conversation on November 30th of Steadfast: The Message and the Messenger which tells the story of Jean Augustine's journey from Happy Hill, on the small island nation of Grenada, to being the first Black woman elected to Canada's House of Commons and the first Black woman to serve in Canada's federal Cabinet. 

Learn more about the Screening with the Hon. Jean Augustine

Westview Centennial graduate excels in post-secondary thanks to Youth Participatory Action Research

First-year York University student Awwal Abass has achieved so much since graduating from Westview Centennial Secondary School and it all stems back to his participation in Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR). Abass recently finished his participation in YPAR in 2021 and is currently studying Law and Society at York University in the faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

We were able to catch up with Abass and ask him a few questions about YPAR and its impact, click below to hear what he had to say!

Learn More About YPAR's Impact On This Westview Centennial Graduate

Introduction to the Life Education Program

The Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement is thrilled to have launched the Life Education Program at the Toronto District School Board for the 2022-2023 academic year. Initiated and led by Social Worker Ryan Fuentes and aligned with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement mandates, the purpose of the program is to provide students with culturally relevant and responsive mentorship spaces that help to identify and facilitate Black-affirming healing practices and strategies to address stigma, anti-Black racism and racial trauma within educational institutions.

Learn More About the Life Education Program

TDSB makes history with first student-led Youth Participatory Action Research Conference

The YPAR Conference, Using Student Voice to Inform School Policies and Practices is the first of its kind in the country. It allowed what 13 Black-identifying students have researched and transformed it into an exciting opportunity for them to present their research and findings to TDSB staff and education partners. Throughout the conference they were able to share their experiences, perspectives and realities with attendees surrounding Pathways and Transitions, the Black identity in K-12 education, and equitable learning opportunities for Black students

Learn more about the YPAR Conference: Using Student Voice to Inform School Policies and Practices

Black CAP and the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement collaborate to help students realize their passions

This summer, TDSB graduates Elizabeth Agyei from SATEC @ W.A. Porter CI and Ruth Abdi from East York CI, learned about community health care through their involvement with the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP). Agyei and Abdi were given this opportunity by enrolling in the 2022 Black Student Summer Leadership Program (BSSLP). Both young women identified a passion in public health.

Learn More About Black CAP and the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement

Black Student Summer Leadership Program brings student closer to his dreams

Nathaniel Cato-Simms is one step closer to his dream as an auto mechanic through the Black Student Summer Leadership Program. The Black Student Summer Leadership Program offered by the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement provides registrants with paid summer learning opportunities, mentorship and training. During the program, students are matched with a for-profit or not-for-profit organization, representing a variety of employment sectors, and relevant to the students’ field of interest.

Learn More About the Black Student Summer Leadership Program

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

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