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For the record, below are the 10 Toronto school trustees who voted against censuring Jewish trustee Alexandra Lulka for speaking out against school board education materials linked to antisemitic & terrorist- sympathizing materials followed by the 7 who voted in favour of censure
Against:
Michelle Aarts, Rachel Chernos Lin, Stephanie Donaldson, Trixie Doyle, Shelley Laskin, James Li, Patrick Nunziata, Robin Pilkey, Jennifer Story, Chris Tonks
For:
Alexander Brown, Zakir Patel, David Smith, Manna Wong, Christopher Mammoliti, Dan MacLean, Harpreet Gill
The motion to censure Trustee Lulka was thus defeated by a 10-7 vote.
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Today I'm going to #LiveTweet my reading of "Anti-racism and Universal Design for Learning (building expressways to success)" by @FritzTesha

This book covers two very important topics all teachers should choose to bring into their classroom.

#EdChat #LitChat #UDL #Teaching Image
xi - oppressive systems of white supremacy are built into our school systems, which disadvantage the abilities for black students to learn and express themselves.
x - black students are asked to conform and comply by adhering to White standards of expression, identity, and beauty.

These systems prevent students from feeling safe and must be disrupted.
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Hello colleagues and parents/guardians:

I'm pleased to be assigned to the #TDSB Learning Centre 4 - Virtual Elementary School. My home school is
@WBurgessTDSB, where I was the Teacher-Librarian. More links and information coming. #SafeSeptember -> tdsb.on.ca/Virtual-School…
Parents and guardians experiencing account and password issues should look for this message at the following link: tdsb.on.ca/Virtual-School…
Support is also available for #TDSB Brightspace users. ->
sites.google.com/tdsb.on.ca/tds…
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Virtual grade five students have morning exercises, just like students in school. But we're using slides, updated daily or weekly.

We don't all get into the virtual classroom at the exact same time, so we begin with breathing silently while listening to our song of the week. ->
We observe the Land Acknowledgement of #TDSB @UIEC_Tdsb. Students can volunteer to read the acknowledgement. They choose to sit or stand. ->
An audio file of O Canada is embedded in the slide, and a student's choice to sing or not is respect and supported. All participants have the choice to remain seated, to stand, or to take a knee. All choices are respected and supported. ->
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Right now, #TDSB staff are reporting on the dynamics of building and launching the virtual school.
Thousands of students had to be enrolled manually -- quite literally one-by-one. A total enrolment of 73,000 students -- if I heard correctly.
On the to-do list is a Trustee and School Council protocol, so that parent and community issues are represented in virtual school.
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THREAD: I was granted access to my #TDSB school library yesterday to pick up a few items I need to continue remote learning & get to work on reports. I had known that staff would be clearing some shelves to make way for renovations. 1/4
Normally -- from the last days of school to the early days of July -- I do everything I can to clear surfaces & declutter space, so that my #CUPE colleagues can do their summer cleaning and maintenance. (I simply cannot leave messes for others to clean up.)

It was all done. 2/4
While various #ETFO members and other staff have been instructed to work from home, other school staff have continued to work on-site because their presence is needed. 3/4
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Today, with the help of @jenniferstoryTO, @LGBTCop, Principal Colleen Head, and our featured speaker @sbearbergman, @WBurgessTDSB held our second annual #Pride assembly -- the online edition! #TDSBpride #TDSB Image
A temporary link has been created to make the video of the stream available to @WBurgessTDSB families to view at their convenience. This will be sent directly to Burgess families for your private viewing.
@sbearbergman is an author, storyteller and publisher at @FlamingoRampant books. He has also done forty live videos reading Flamingo Rampant books and other titles for children, which can be viewed at the Flamingo Rampant Facebook page. facebook.com/FlamingoRampan…
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Dear students,

#TDSB has a new #dresscode. It's long overdue. Not only will I abide by it, I enthusiastically support it.

Let's start w hats. When you wear your hat in my library, you're just being you. I care about what's in your head, not what's on top of it.

Nice hat, BTW.
I worked in a middle school where staff were expected to get kids to take their ball caps off in the morning. So I was running up and down stairs chasing young men of colour because of their hats.

Instead of saying, "Good morning," to you.

I'm ashamed & embarrassed & I'm sorry.
Young women, girls, and assorted femmes:

As an adult male, I should be setting an example of respecting you and your choices. I should not be part of culture that blames your mistreatment on what you chose to wear that morning.
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Today, as we start #TDSBpride Month at school, members of our QSA will help put together our gift bags for speakers at our Pride assembly this week. Thank you to @ETFOeducators for donating swag, and to @ElemTeachersTO for the postcards. ImageImageImage
The Burgess Belongs buttons were part of a campaign by east end #TDSB Trustees, including our own @jenniferstoryTO. The gift bags are from #TDSB.
Many of these items will be given to QSA members, as well. #solidarity #pride #community #partnerships
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