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Highlights from September 27th Board of Trustees Meeting
Highlights from September 27th Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 09/28/2017

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September 28th, 2017 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 to discuss a number of topics including:

1) Director’s 2017-2018 Work Plan: Director Stephen Sliwa presented his work plan for 2017-2018 which lays out key actions to be completed in the coming year based on the priorities identified by Trustees through their work plan. The areas of focus for 2017-2018 are to:

  • Increase the graduation rate by 2 per cent;
  • Increase to 50 per cent the level of staff who feel there is good communication within the Board and that they are valued and recognized by the UCDSB;
  • Increase the capacity of students to deal with stress while at school and self-care; and
  • Make a greater connection between the Board and community stakeholders.

Eighteen separate actions are planned to meet these goals including: improving tracking of at-risk students and credit accumulation; creating materials to better connect staff with the CREW Strategic Plan; developing and implementing service standards for internal communication within our organization; developing and implementing wellness goals at all schools using the Healthy Schools Framework; creating a discussion table with community leaders regarding career education; and strengthening collaboration and consultation between UCDSB leaders, local agencies and business leaders through more frequent dialogue.

2) UCDSB Summer Educational Programming for Students and Staff: Superintendent Valerie Allen and Superintendent Tim Mills reported on the success of the Board’s summer educational programming including: the Summer Semester Program, Summer Learning Program, English as a Second Language (ESL) Summer Program, Grade 6-7 Transitions Program, and Summer Institutes. Summer educational programming allows the Board to provide students more pathways to attain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The Summer Learning Program provided 45 hours of math and literacy instruction and 15 hours of organized recreational activity to 391 Grades K-5 students.  The English as a Second Language Summer Program supported 71 ESL students in Grades K-8. They received 45 hours of literacy and oral language instruction and 15 hours of organized recreational activity. Twenty-seven students enjoyed the Grade 6 to 7 Transitions Program. The program provided 45 hours of instruction in science and technology as well as three days of environmental education at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, the Aquatarium or the St. Lawrence River Institute.

The increasingly popular Summer Semester Program enabled 1041 students to expand their options in obtaining an OSSD. The Summer Semester was delivered through four key programs including: the Reach Ahead On-Line Program for Grades 9-12; the Cooperative Education Program for Grades 11 and 12; the Grade 8 Reach Ahead Cooperative Education Program and the Cadet Cooperative Education Program.  The Summer Semester Program enabled our students to attain 1292 credits.

The Board also offered professional development for staff throughout July and August through its Summer Institutes. A total of 366 staff enjoyed six days of voluntary training sessions and 30 days’ worth of professional workshop sessions.

3) Special Recognition Days: Superintendent Phil Dawes and Interim Manager of Communications and Relationship Management Andrea Walasek presented a report on Special Recognition Days proposed for 2017-18. The pair outlined a list of 61 special international, national, provincial or local events that will be officially recognized by the Board of Trustees, ranging from International Literacy Day to Local Government Week. To qualify, days or events must meet two or more of the following criteria: a demonstrable educational value; a clear connection to the Board’s mission, vision, values and/or CREW Strategic Plan; the day or event is understood to promote the general benefit of the community. These days offer a starting point for schools to consider what events they also wish to acknowledge or celebrate, as part of their focus on teaching and learning.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff McMillan, Chair
Upper Canada District School Board

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