#GreenTeacher: Petitions for a Greener World

Your students are already thinking about the environment. You’ve taught them about waste reduction and other sustainability issues, and your class likely has a green project underway. Good for you. But your students may need your help taking their green initiatives beyond the classroom. Kids who learn early that their voices deserve to be heard in the world are more likely to work toward positive change later in life. Today’s technology and government processes make that easier than ever. Petitions are one of the best ways for kids to effect positive change. A great example […]

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Author Feature: John Wilson

The Missing Skull by John Wilson

#TuesdayTalk with John Wilson, author of The Missing Skull, one of The Seven Prequels.  Tell us a bit about your book. The Missing Skull is one of The Seven Prequels books, and follows Steve, the same character as in Seven, the Series and The Seven Sequels. For his 13th birthday treat, Steve is taken up to Canoe Lake in Northern Ontario by his grandfather. The grandfather sets up a mystery for Steve around the artist Tom Thomson’s missing skull. However, the grandfather is not all he seems and there are some shady characters who turn […]

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Author Feature: Shelley Hrdlitschka

Dancing in the Rain by Shelley Hrdlitschka

#TuesdayTalk with Shelley Hrdlitschka. Her novel, Dancing in the Rain, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. Dancing in the Rain is the story of 16-year-old Brenna whose adoptive mother has just passed away. She left behind a journal written by Brenna’s biological mother, 16 years earlier. Reading the journal makes Brenna curious about her ‘other’ mother who is still alive. She also becomes close to a young man who relates to her grief, but he, too, has to leave her. Over the course of the story we follow Brenna’s journey […]

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US Elections in the Classroom: A Dialogue About Differences

Your students are going to encounter media about the US election, which will have an impact in the classroom. Make that impact educational with a lesson plan that keeps your students engaged and on track. Last week we sent out a teacher newsletter that included a survey about the upcoming US election. According to TeachingTolerance.org, 40% of teachers are hesitant to teach about the election this year. We drafted our survey, in part, to find out why. We will publish the results of the survey in our next email. If you haven’t already signed up […]

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Author Feature: Brooke Carter

Another Miserable Love Song by Brooke Carter

#TuesdayTalk with Brooke Carter. Her novel, Another Miserable Love Song, is on shelves now! Tell us your name, your book’s title and a bit about your book. Another Miserable Love Song is an edgy coming-of-age YA novel with a rock n’ roll attitude. The book features a diverse cast of punk-rock characters led by Kallie Echo – a soon-to-be-homeless teen who is looking for a new purpose in life after her beloved father dies. She finds a potential new future as the lead singer of a punk band, but the tour quickly gets complicated when […]

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Author Feature: Pam Withers

Bungee Jump by Pam Withers

#TuesdayTalk with Pam Withers. Her novel, Bungee Jump, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. Thirteen-year-old Chris and his younger sister need to help make their family’s new bungee jump operation work, which means battling rumours that the island it’s on is haunted. What was the catalyst for your story? Bungee Jump was inspired by the real-life case of a former leper colony island long rumoured to be haunted. What was your favourite book as a child? The entire series of The Wizard of Oz! I loved the imaginative characters and […]

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