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The Bus

The Bus

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The first three weeks are over. Most of our teens came every day in the first two weeks in order to get a sense of the classes we have on offer, and to spend time with each other and confer over who is coming on which day. The energy of the first two weeks is exciting, but I’m content when week th ...
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Thoughts from a new teacher

Thoughts from a new teacher

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Over the last couple of weeks we had a teacher candidate from Queen's University with us - Margaret was kind enough to share some thoughts with us at the end of her placement...As a Teacher Candidate I am afforded the wonderful opportunity to enter and experience a broad spectrum of educational envi ...
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Represent

Represent

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I was driving to work yesterday and caught a portion of a CBC radio program discussing the question of whether or not the shortage of male teachers is a crisis in education. What caught my attention while listening to the program was the broader exploration of the question: what makes a great teache ...
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Our wonderful volunteers

Our wonderful volunteers

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Over the last couple of weeks I've been collecting short bios and photos of our volunteers to put together a small appreciation page on our website. Now that it's nearing completion and I sit back and look at all the familiar faces of the people who come in every week, it's an excel ...
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A Culture is Being Created

A Culture is Being Created

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It’s been three weeks since Compass opened its doors. André and I have continued to field calls from interested families, meet new volunteers, add tutorials as requested, and one teen and I made an appearance on Daytime Ottawa (we’re working on getting the video clip). But more than anything, a ...
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Enter North Star

Enter North Star

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During our information night a few weeks ago, I was listening to the North Star teens speak so movingly about their experiences of leaving traditional school and coming to North Star, and I was reminded of why I was drawn to this model in the first place. I first met Ken Danford, North Star’s  co ...
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Abby – Beginnings

Abby – Beginnings

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I was actually a fairly successful student myself – in the sense that I jumped through the proper hoops and earned the right marks. However, school did nothing for my emotional well-being or in helping me to figure out what direction I wanted to take my life. Like so many students who don’t act ...
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