Ontario English Catholic Teachers



Cool Cat Teacher Blog

Cool Cat Teacher Blog is run by an educator and author with the aim of enhancing the education process for teachers. It provides insightful and practical information for the teaching and learning process.

Human Trafficking: Dignity and Worth of the Human Person (OECTA)
This OECTA PD Steering Committee writing project was recommended by the OECTA Human Rights Committee, which identified a need to provide teachers with lessons and resources to assist them in addressing the topic of human trafficking with their students. These lessons are intended to provide a starting point for teachers to begin the conversation with their students about what constitutes human trafficking, where world trafficking is occurring, and what our response should be as members of the Catholic faith community.
Safe and simple blogs for students. It provides students with a voice and with connections to others around the world. 
Labour Education: Teaching Young People About the Labour Movement in Canada (OECTA)
As students prepare for their roles in the Canadian workforce, it is important that they have an understanding of the positive results that collective action and unionism has had on workers and their families, as well as the evolutionary nature of the labour movement. This PD Steering Committee document has been prepared with these two concepts in mind and is focused for use in Secondary School Cooperative Education Courses, the Grade 10 Civics Course, and Grade 8 and 10 History Courses.
Mental Health: Hope, Dignity and Our Compassionate Response - A Grade 9-10 Resource
The Ministry of Education has developed a plan for Ontario school boards to support student mental health and well-being. This resource provides a uniquely Catholic, faith-based perspective which will help teachers address a variety of mental health and mental illness topics, including strategies to address the stigma surrounding mental health. Teachers will have a range of activities that will engage students to think critically about the issues of mental health and to respond in a manner that is congruent with their faith.
Next for Young Children
A National Association of Early Years Education (NAEYC) site provides ideas and examples for virtual field trips for young children.
One Life…Many Gifts/Une vie…plusieurs dons 
One Life… Many Gifts is a cross-curricular resource designed to educate senior secondary school students about the vital importance of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Developed by Trillium Gift of Life Network, London Health Sciences Centre’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada, it brings to life the drama, generosity, and the life-saving promise of donation and transplantation. It includes a range of student activities, an accompanying DVD, sample lesson plans, assessment tools, and a resource guide.
Ontario Education Research Exchange (OERE)
OERE aims to support Ontario educators in their quest to develop evidence-based practices. They work with education researchers across Ontario, as well as Ontario based education organizations, such as teachers’ federations, school boards, and the Ministry of Education, to bring relevant and practical Ontario developed research summaries.
Royal Ontario Museaum
The ROM online offers activies, resources and professional learning opportunities for classroom teachers.
Speak Truth to Power Canada 
Speak Truth to Power Canada includes lesson plans on 11 Canadian human rights defenders working domestically, and one working internationally. The goal is to facilitate the teacher’s task of informing and enabling students to self-identify locally as human rights defenders on issues of importance in their communities.
The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2) 
TC2 is a non-profit association of schools working to infuse critical thinking into the teaching of subject matter from grade school to graduate school. Resources offered on the website include print publications, video resources, and online collections of teaching resources for embedding critical thinking into day-to-day teaching.
We Remember Through Action – An Intermediate and Senior Resource Guide (OECTA)

Education is key to addressing gender inequity and violence against women in our society. This commemorative guide, produced by the OECTA PD Steering Committee, provides ideas and links to classroom resources for teachers to facilitate problem solving and discussion in the classroom. These tools can help students think critically about gender and examine crucial issues, including the marginalization of women, and gender-based violence.