How Parent Engagement Can Help Prevent Bullying

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As a parent or caregiver, you can’t be everywhere. And you can’t guarantee that the child in your sphere of influence will be successful, nor that an issue like bullying will ever become part of their lives. However, the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) have determined that your increased engagement in the school life of a child can …

Bullying: a major problem in our schools

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The Ontario Ministry of Education and Thinking Forward came to the same conclusion earlier in the decade: that bullying had become a major problem in our schools. It is an issue worth addressing not only due to the percentage of students that are directly affected, but the wide-ranging and long-lasting consequences for those who experience bullying, as well as the …

In/Future: Collaboration with Blank Canvases

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Please make sure you spare some time between Thursday September 15 and Sunday September 25 to be part of a very special event involving Thinking Forward. Our organization has been involved in a collaboration with Blank Canvases, an art program that ‘uses the authentic artistic approach to inspire children and stimulate creative thinking’. Some students from Central Toronto Academy have …

Back-to-school is quickly approaching!

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The school year is quickly approaching. It’s back-to-school! And right along with it is another year of Thinking Forward’s anti-bullying program in Toronto schools! Most months, at the conclusion of this space, we’ll pose something along the lines of, “please consider how you might get involved.” Turns out there are a couple of extra ways to get involved that are …

Get involved with Thinking Forward this summer!

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Summer vacation is in full-swing; we hope that yours has been great so far, whether you’ve been travelling or enjoying some of the great things this part of Ontario has to offer. Thinking Forward’s anti-bullying program is on break while school is closed for the summer, but as an organization our commitment to helping put an end to bullying never …

Strive For 25

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Each month in this space we talk about important ideas that form the backbone of what Thinking Forward is about. But as I have been reflecting on what’s been written here over the school year, I got to wondering how the ideas land in the real lives of the real people who are part of Thinking Forward’s programming. So to …

COLLABORATION: Anti-bullying Programming

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We’ve written in this space many times about collaboration. Teaching students to work together, and to place value on the ideas and contributions of other people, is a central component of Thinking Forward’s anti-bullying programming with students. Well, I can’t help but notice how important collaboration is to everything we do. Since the last time we posted in this space, …

Definition of Love

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Though we’ve finally gotten a little taste of winter, spring is just around the corner. And Alfred, Lord Tennyson told us that “in the spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” When we think of what might be meant by that vision of love or what’s typical of Valentine’s stories, it often involves trying to do …