Writings on the people, programs and philosophies behind BSS.
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Leadership in Education

Posted: April 26, 2018 at 1:13 pm   /   Leading the Way

“I had very high expectations of the school when I arrived. And I have not been disappointed. In fact my expectations have been exceeded on every level. We have some of the most well-educated educators I’ve seen in my career. And we have an extraordinary level of talent and commitment to students across the school.”

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City Connections

Posted: April 26, 2018 at 1:13 pm   /   Leading the Way

When Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs won the competition this past fall to turn 12 acres of Toronto waterfront into a smart, sustainable neighbourhood, it helped reinforce the sense that the city could become a model for innovative living in the future. As it happens, months earlier a group of BSS girls from a Grade 8 class were surveying an as-yet-undeveloped part of the Port Lands…

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In the Zone

A new approach to empowering young entrepreneurs

Posted: April 26, 2018 at 1:07 pm   /   Leading the Way

This past September, BSS launched its unique version of Ryerson’s zone approach: Signature Learning. Currently a Junior School initiative with the potential to grow in the future, Signature Learning immerses BSS girls in a dynamic and collaborative “doing” environment scaled to their age and interests.

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Mary Anne Van Acker

What if? Making Room for Disruption

Posted: October 17, 2017 at 11:12 am   /   Leading the Way

“We know our school is progressive and pioneering,” says Mary Anne Van Acker, Assistant Head, Innovation Development and Technology. At the same time, she says, “we recognize and value how important it is to be aware of ‘disruptors,’ not only within education, but in the wider world, that might impact how we educate our girls over the next five to 10 years.”

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Natalie Little stands in front of the plaque that bears her name

A Space Designed for People

Posted: March 26, 2017 at 5:20 pm   /   Leading the Way

Honouring former Head Natalie Little Walk into the BSS Junior School and you’ll instantly recognize it as a space that was designed with the experience of students and teachers in mind. A bright and open building, it has a contagious energy that is inspiring, both to the young learners who know every cranny and those […]

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Innovation from the ground up

Comparing Notes on the Changing BSS Campus

Posted: March 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm   /   Leading the Way

Bright, airy, and as flexible as it is functional, the new BSS building, known as the Transformation Project, respects both the longstanding educational traditions and architectural heritage of BSS. At the same time, it embraces the innovative educational thinking and modern view of the world that distinguishes BSS today. Developed in phases dating back to […]

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The BSS IT team holds up a banner featuring the Apple logo and reading "Apple Distinguished School 2015-17".

Sustaining the lead

Posted: October 25, 2016 at 11:00 am   /   Leading the Way

Strategy meets technology meets innovation In today’s world where technological change is ever increasing the ability for innovation and disruption, where vast arrays of digital choices and devices are rapid-fire, adding the word sustainable alongside is not so typical. At BSS, sustainability has become an important concept as it relates to technology and innovation. It […]

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Inspire girls to be fearless, educate girls to lead

The BSS mission and strategic vision, refined

Posted: September 26, 2016 at 3:22 pm   /   Leading the Way

Periodically every organization from schools to banks must check in with its strategic direction and ask the fundamental questions. Are we on track with our goals? Are we aligned with the needs of our stakeholders? Are we in tune with the changes in our sector? Without this review it’s easy to get stuck in a […]

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Live and Learn: The irresistible pull of education in Canada

Posted: September 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm   /   Leading the Way

Bukky Boyo immigrated to Canada from Nigeria with her husband and three daughters in the spring of 2001. “We came to Canada because of the girls – we wanted them to have a good Canadian education,” Mrs. Boyo says. She soon began looking for a school for her eldest daughter, Alero. The application deadline for […]

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Hot topics in education

Hot Topics

Posted: March 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm   /   Leading the Way

Our Senior Leadership team identifies top three trends in education. Flipped Classrooms Harvard professor Eric Mazur experimented in the mid-1990s with moving his traditional lectures out of the classroom and reserving classroom time for questions, problem-solving and practice. “Flipping” is championed by many mathematics and science high school teachers who video themselves teaching short lessons […]

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Douglas M. Watt and Barbara McLean

Skills for life

Posted: March 29, 2016 at 2:58 pm   /   Leading the Way

When you’re a student, working hard and earning top marks is something to be proud of. But it isn’t everything, notes Douglas Watt, Director of Industry and Business Strategy Research at the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Watt recalls what happened at Nortel Networks Corp. during the late 1990s. The company had recruited students with […]

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Hot topics in education

Hot Topics

Posted: September 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm   /   Leading the Way

Our Senior Leadership team identifies top three trends in education. Faculty/Staff Collaboration As teaching and learning paradigms change for students the world over, the way in which teachers work must, of necessity, also change. Once the sage on the stage, abundance of information in a globally connected world means teachers are no longer the transmitters of […]

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Emotional Intelligence

Why confident and empathetic girls are more likely to succeed

Posted: September 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm   /   Leading the Way

It’s no secret that BSS staff want their students to succeed. From the moment a girl enters Junior Kindergarten to the day she graduates, the adults around her (from teachers to counsellors) make it their business to support her in every way possible – academically, physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. “The philosophy of our school […]

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Inspiring Gender Balance in Every Field

Posted: September 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm   /   Leading the Way

“Draw a scientist.” These three words, a seemingly straightforward prompt, formed the basis of a projective test on primary schoolchildren conceived by David Wade Chambers in 1983. You can probably guess how most of them – nearly 5,000 students from Canada, Australia and the United States – interpreted the question: they drew a man. The […]

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Useful Education Apps

Powerful Apps for Powerful Learning

Posted: September 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm   /   Editor's Choice

In the world of ever-changing and fast-paced technological development, the IT team at BSS is poised to meet the diverse needs of students, faculty and staff through research, exploration, collaboration and best practice implementation. Our IT staff took some time to compile a list of 10 powerful apps for powerful learning that are trending now […]

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Trends in Education 2015

What’s the Buzz in Education?

Posted: September 17, 2015 at 2:08 pm   /   Leading the Way

The Culture of Powerful Learning at BSS translates into students who strive for their own enrichment. It also means that teachers and administration are researching, developing and implementing the most forward-thinking ways to inspire girls to thrive. Here are snapshots of three trends in education identified by the BSS Senior Leadership Team that will keep […]

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Technology

Time to Power Down?

Posted: September 17, 2015 at 11:04 am   /   Leading the Way

No matter how in touch with kids and culture adults are, there are still things that go on so unlike our own upbringings that they somehow feel wrong. I witnessed an argument between a 50-year-old man and his 17-year-old daughter recently – pretty typical of the heated discussions on this topic that many of us […]

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