Blyth Academy Mississauga Teacher Accepted to Teachers Institute Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

Congratulations!

We would like to extend the warmest of congratulations to our very own Tania Freire, who is one of only 70 educators, out of 5,000 applicants, selected to participate in the Teachers institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy this fall in Ottawa, ON.

More about the Program

This program is an opportunity for educators to meet with parliamentarians, as well as parliamentary experts and senior officials, to learn and receive important resource materials that will support their teaching of parliament, governance, democracy and citizenship. To learn more about this program click here.

Experiential Learning

At Blyth Academy we value rich, experiential learning opportunities, so what better way to learn about Canadian parliament and governance then at the parliament buildings themselves!

We are sure that this will be an amazing experience for Tania, and look forward to her sharing what she has learnt when she returns.

To learn more about Blyth Academy Mississauga and what we have to offer students, click here.

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Tania Freire - Haed of Blyth Academy Mississauga Lower School

“I am very privileged to have the opportunity to participate in the Teacher’s Institute on Parliamentary Democracy professional development week. I am very excited to be collaborating with colleagues across Canada and learning more about promoting citizenship and democracy within the classroom. It is an opportunity that I hope to bring back to all of the Blyth campuses to help inform staff and students on local and global citizenship.” – Tania

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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