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World Mental Health Day

On behalf of OSTA-AECO, the Co-Chairs of the Student Well-Being Working Group, Keith Baybayon and Isabel Unger would like to take a moment in acknowledging and celebrating World Mental Health Day. With the recent end of Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to touch...

Orange Shirt Day 2020

Orange Shirt Day is a day where we as people take the time to honour and remember the traumatic experiences that had taken place within Residential Schools, where innocent children were taken away from their families and were physically, mentally and sexually abused....

Connecting students from a distance: play.osta-aeco.org

Connecting students from a distance: play.osta-aeco.org

This past fall, we started an official Instagram page, @ostaaeco, with the goal of engaging as many students province-wide as possible—after all, we are their official education stakeholder. This year, we've been committed to providing student-friendly updates on the...

The Possibilities of Blended Learning

The Possibilities of Blended Learning

The sheer number of courses available for Ontario high school students is amazing, but rural schools often struggle to offer the same wide variety of courses for their students. Whether it’s because of a lack of interest or available teachers, many rural school boards...

Equitable Leadership in Education

Equitable Leadership in Education

The leaders of our education system strive to cultivate excellence from the students they serve, but they are fundamentally not representative of them. For example, within Ontario, “26% of students are racialized, whereas only 13% of educators are racialized.”...

Red Alert: Free the Flow

Red Alert: Free the Flow

 I am sure that no one has ever entered a school washroom across our province expecting toilet paper to not be available. I would assume that no student has ever carried an emergency roll of it in their backpack, perhaps two just in case. It would be safe to say that...

Students Move Towards Reconciliation

Students Move Towards Reconciliation

Every nation has its own unique history. In Ontario, grade 10 students are required to take a mandatory Canadian History course. While each student’s experience is unique to their teacher’s professional approach, one thing that remains consistent is the lack of focus...

So, what is a student trustee?

Almost nine months ago, I was elected student trustee for my school board. Almost nine months ago, I had gone through a whirlwind of an election and won, alongside another student I had never even spoken to before. Almost nine months ago, I asked myself, “What did I...

OSTA-AECO blog posts share unique examples of student voice from student trustees across the province. The views and opinions expressed in these posts are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.