OECTA Best Practices

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OECTA Best Practices

By Ron McNamara

Healthy relationships with your staff are built on trust, authenticity and excellent communication. Amongst the more important relationships that need to be based on these principles are the ones held with your school union representatives. A Principal who has a good relationship with these representatives understands the important role they play in the smooth implementation of the collective agreements.

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CPCO Conference 2018 highlights

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CPCO Conference 2018 highlights

By Jacob Chouinard

Photography by Bahar Pourpezeshk (Edge Imaging)

Our 2018 Conference at the Delta Hotel was a true success. From Opening Mass with His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins to insightful presentations full of energy to informative breakout sessions – it was a busy and engaging two days.

Thank you to everyone who helped plan the event and to those who attended. CPCO would also like to thank keynote presenters Chris Lowney and Isabelle Fontaine for their engaging and insightful presentations. We also thank our breakout session leaders, Alex Russell, Chris Lowney, Michael Higgins and Paul Davis.

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3D Printing in an Elementary School Setting

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3D Printing in an Elementary School Setting

 By Carl Bull, Vice-Principal, L.A. Desmarais

Imagine a geometry assignment that you literally have to pull students away from, one that targets multiple curriculum objectives as well as connects them to a myriad of well-paying career opportunities. I have been involved in one such activity, the increasingly ubiquitous technology of 3D printing. This process has been employed by a diverse array of North American companies utilizing it to produce houses, cakes, artificial limbs, car parts and a multitude of other objects.

Interestingly, this process is leading a resurgence of the manufacturing industry in North America, particularly for small businesses due to its affordability, reliance on creativity and scalability. This quality, and many others, makes it a perfect STEM-based activity to engage our pupils.
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Equity is Excellence

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Equity is Excellence

Deirdre Kinsella Biss

By Deirdre Kinsella Biss
Editor, Principal Connections

With the release of the latest issue of Principal Connections, Editor Deirdre Kinsella Biss provides a sneak preview of what you can expect in our magazine this month.


Greater equity for our students means greater student success. Helping students reach their maximum potential requires being aware of the barriers that exist in our schools and taking action to remove them. Recognizing the importance of our students’ identity, their needs, their community and their well-being is vital to supporting their growth. As Catholic leaders we are called to make our schools safe, equitable learning places. So, the type of relationships we form, the learning environment we create, the curriculum we teach, and the policies we implement all matter significantly.

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Back-to-School Infographics

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Back-to-School Infographics

Looking for a list of ways to mentally and physically prepare for the school year? Or a 2018-2019 back-to-school checklist? Ever wondered what’s REALLY in elementary school students’ backpacks? Check out the latest CPCO infographics below!

Extra credit for you word problem aficionados:
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many words is a picture with words in it worth?