Virtues, Equity & Inclusivity

Catholic Character Development Through the Virtues

Prayer Services
Faith
The Gift of Faith
(Prayer service to celebrate the virtue of Faith)
Hope
Educating in Christian Hope
(1 page opening prayer for Curriculum inservice or PA Day)
Planting in Hope, Nurturing in Love
(Short prayer service to begin a PA day, PLC or Staff Meeting)
Love
NEW: Prayer to Celebrate Love and Family
(Prayer service for Catholic schools)
The Virtue of Love
(2 page school prayer service on the virtue of love)
Planting in Hope, Nurturing in Love
(Short prayer service to begin a PA day, PLC or Staff Meeting)
Handouts
Theological and Cardinal Virtues Reference Sheet
(Provides simple definitions for the virtues.  A helpful reference for educators and students.  Try putting it in your newsletter, posting it in your classroom (you can enlarge it on a photocopier to 11 x 17 size), or handing it out to students)
 Making Virtues Visible in our Catholic Schools
(A fuller explanation of  theological and cardinal virtues, from Eastern Ontario Catholic Curriculum Cooperative’s Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools. Useful for senior elementary and secondary school students and staff).
Colouring Pages
FAITH    HOPE    LOVE   PRUDENCE    JUSTICE    TEMPERANCE    FORTITUDE   New: FORGIVENESS
Theological Virtues Colouring Page
Cardinal Virtues Colouring Page
School Newsletter Reflections
FAITH   HOPE   LOVE   PRUDENCE   JUSTICE   TEMPERANCE   FORTITUDE
Additional RCCDSB Resources
Character Education in Catholic Schools:  The Power of Our Story
Address delivered to Symposium on Catholic Character Development in Kingston, Ontario on October 8, 2008
Renfrew County Catholic Schools:  Educating People of Character
RCCDSB Statement on Character Education through the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (2007)
Educating People of Character
RCCDSB Character Education Statement through the ICE CGEs in booklet form.
Educating People of Character Inservice Guide
Catholic Graduate Expectation Journals
(A valuable resource developed by RCCDSB teacher Angela McGrath to help K-8 students reflect on the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations.  These month-by-month journal  activities will reinforce the values which form the distinctive character of  our Catholic schools – highly recommended)

Links
Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario
Character Development and the Virtuous Life       
(ACBO Position Paper on Character Education in Catholic Schools)
EOCCC Resources 
Our Language, Our Story.  Character Development Through the Virtues
ON Ministry of Education
Literacy & Numeracy Secretariat Character Development Page
Finding Common Ground. Character Development in Ontario Schools K-12
(June, 2008 Edition)
Finding Common Ground
(October, 2006 Edition)

Equity and Inclusivity

Ontario Bishops
Observations on a recent change in government policy re: proposed anti-bullying legislation

(by Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto. May 28, 2012)
Character Development and the Virtuous Life
(ACBO Position Paper on Character Education in Catholic Schools)
OCSTA
“RESPECTING DIFFERENCE”  A RESOURCE FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO Regarding the Establishment and Running of Activities or Organizations Promoting Equity and Respect for All Students
(Released Jan 25, 2012; provides guidelines for formation of clubs and activity groups in Catholic schools within a framework that is “respectful and consistent with Catholic teaching.”)
RCCDSB & EOCCC Resources
Virtues: Building Character, Equity & Inclusivity
Handout briefly defining each virtue and how it can be practised to promote equity and inclusivity in our Catholic schools.  Suitable for posting in classrooms.
Equity and Inclusivity Through the Virtues Using Our Language, Our Story
One page handout that gives expression to how the virtues can be used to promote equity and inclusivity in Catholic schools, using the EOCCC’s character development resource, Our Language, Our Story
Fostering Equity and Inclusivity Through the Virtues Using Our Language, Our Story
20 frame Powerpoint presentation on approaching Equity & Inclusivity in Catholic schools with distinctive Catholic language and terminology, focused through the virtues, using the EOCCC’s Our Language, Our Story.
Fostering Equity and Inclusivity in Catholic Schools:  Some Key Concepts and Terms
Paper outlining Catholic language and terminology Catholic school boards can draw on when developing equity and inclusivity policies.
 
Links
Inclusivity Resources from L’Arche Canada
(Excellent resources with a focus on inclusivity of intellectually disabled persons)
Prevent Bullying, Promote Kindness: 20 Things All Schools Can Do by Thomas Lickona
(Provides 10 practical school-wide and classroom strategies; affirms character development as a necessary approach)
SUNY Cortland School of Education Winter/Spring 2012 Newsletter focussing on bulling issues – contains above article by Thomas Lickona.

Students at Risk
A Place of Honour. Reaching out to Students at Risk in Ontario Catholic Schools
CARFLEO resource providing a distinctive Catholic approach to meeting the needs of students at risk.

Aboriginal Education

Kateri TV Stories and Journeys from the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Church!
(Excellent Villagers Media Productions resources on Catholic Aboriginal Spirituality)

Achieving Aboriginal Student Success. A Guide for K to 8 Classrooms
(Excellent, practical resource with culturally relevant and meaningful education strategies for classroom teachers working with Aboriginal students by Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse, Portage & Main Press, 2012)

Introduction to Aboriginal Education Strategy and First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework
(Ontario Ministry of Education, 2009)  Includes links to:
First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework
Aboriginal Education in Ontario: New Resources and Opportunities for Parents, Educators and Students

Aboriginal Perspectives:  A Guide to the Teachers’ Toolkit
(Government of Ontario, 2009)

Aboriginal Perspectives – The Teacher’s Toolkit
(From Simcoe-Muskoka CDSB, based on Ontario curriculum as of 2007)

Sudbury Catholic School Board Aboriginal Education Page

Sound Foundations for the Road Ahead
(Ontario Ministry of Education.  Fall 2009 Progress Report on Implementation of the Ontario First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework.  Report provides an overview of the steps the ministry, school boards, schools, and community partners have taken to implement the strategies outlined in the framework and to support First Nation, Métis, and Inuit student success.)

Backgrounder – Aboriginal Education In Ontario
Ontario Ministry of Education.  February 24, 2009

First Nations Resources – Eastern Ontario Catholic Curriculum Cooperative

Through Our Eyes Native Studies Course – Grades 9, 10 & 11
(Eastern Ontario Catholic Curriculum Cooperative, 2012.  Supporting Student Learning and Professional Development Media Resources to Increase Knowledge and Awareness)

The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10: Native Studies, 1999
The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12: Native Studies, 1999

NATIVE STUDIES IN ONTARIO HIGH SCHOOLS. Revitalizing Indigenous Cultures in Ontario
(By Paul Joseph André Chaput.  Master of Arts Thesis, submitted to Queen’s University Dept. of Geography.  Kingston, Ontario, Canada April 2012)

Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Official Website