Durham District School Board and Toronto District School Board

WEDNESDAY JAN 30 // 9:00am-12:00pm

Meeting in the MTCC lobby at 255 Front Street at 8:45 am

Bus leaves at 9:00 am.

Tour is open to registered OLA Super Conference attendees.

Cost is $35, space is very limited. Purchase your ticket at the time of conference registration. Stand-by space will be first come, first served on the day of the tour.

Durham District School Board

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is committed to the re-imagination of Library Learning Commons environments across the school district.

Completed in the 2017/2018 school year, The DDSB Professional Library Learning Commons, located at the school board district office has been completed renovated and refreshed. The Library is no longer a dark and closed off space. The new library is open, bright and was renovated using the frame on physical spaces found in OSLA’s Together For Learning document.

The renovated space has created a learning environment where collaboration, flexibility, personalization and the promotion of curiosity and wonder are evident around each corner and in each unique space.

As we celebrate our new library, we are excited that this learning and work environment has acted as a catalyst change for further library renovations across the district.

We look forward in hosting you and showcasing our Library Learning Commons refresh journey.

 George Webster Public School

George Webster Elementary School serves 848 students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 8. Since its opening in 1954, the school has experienced significant growth and change, most recently with the completion of a new eco-friendly building that includes a brand new Library Learning Commons. This space was designed for flexible use with mobile shelving and furniture to accommodate many different uses including multi-class use, large groups and cozy areas depending upon the need at the time.

Teacher-Librarian Penny Tsouluhas supports the diverse community of learners through inquiry, STEAM and arts-based programming. She empowers students by-purchasing resources that reflect and validate the diverse student population and stimulate conversations around current social justice themes.

The school uses “Zones of Regulation” to support student self-regulation and responsibility. In the Library Learning Commons, this can be seen in the use of quiet spaces, wobbly furniture, comfortable seating and the anticipated installation of a Lego Wall.