WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — November, 2018


Committee of the Whole Board

Monday, November 12, 2018 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, November 26, 2018 — Meeting Agenda Package


Teacher Learning & Leadership Program

The Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) is an annual project-based professional learning opportunity for experienced classroom teachers. Through the TLLP, the Ministry of Education has, for the past decade, supported hundreds of teacher-led projects across the province. The program funds proposals from classroom teachers who seek a peer leadership role in curriculum, instructional practice or supporting other teachers.


  • Create and support opportunities for teacher professional learning
  • Foster teacher leadership
  • Facilitate the sharing of exemplary practice with others for the broader benefit of Ontario’s students

There has been no communication to school boards from the Ministry regarding requests for proposals for Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) for 2019-2020. While this leaves the future of TLLPs uncertain, the WCDSB will continue to support current TLLPs and search for ways in which these collaborative endeavours align with other initiatives and priorities.

To view the complete report, please see pages 7-11 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Pastoral Plan Update

We began our three-year pastoral plan with the theme People of Love in 2015-2016. During the 2016-17 school year our focused theme was on People of Hope. Over this past school year our focus has been People of Faith.

Each year of the current pastoral plan has been animated across the district with the use of an artifact that is used in all our schools to unify our school communities around the common theme. In October of the 2017-18 school year, we used the experience of our annual Spiritual Development Day to launch the third year of our three-year pastoral plan, and to introduce the pilgrimage cross, the artifact selected to animate and amplify our theme throughout all school communities.

As we prepare to conclude our present pastoral plan, we are encouraged by the fact that in our most recent Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP) survey, 87% of survey responders agreed or strongly agreed that school communities were engaged in understanding and living our three-year pastoral plan. Our goal with the soon-to-be-released new Pastoral Plan will be to carry this same momentum forward.

For a complete summary of the 2016-2018 Pastoral Plan, please see pages 12-14 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Autism Support Plan

Within the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, there are many support services available for students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through a collaborative approach within a school team, the classroom teacher works alongside the Special Education teacher to develop and provide appropriate programming for students diagnosed with ASD. Other school-level support staff involved may include an Educational Assistant and/or Child and Youth Care Worker.

Additional supports are also available for students who are:

  • arriving from another school or school board
  • transitioning from Preschool
  • newly diagnosed
  • covered by an updated assessment result that calls for a review of strategies
  • needing Individual Education Plan (IEP) revisions
  • needing an IEP (e.g. students who may be experiencing challenges with transitions and the classroom environment).

To view the full report, please see pages 53-55 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

English as a Second Language Update

Trends in the number of newcomer students processed through the Newcomer Reception Centre continue to increase year over year. The vast majority of these students have English as an Additional Language learning needs.

There are more than six hundred students at the WCDSB who are in their first two years in Canada and almost 1,000 students in elementary schools who are in their first four years in Canada. The board currently serves students from 114 different countries who speak a total of 118 different languages.

To view the full report, please see pages 56-59 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

New Ontario Human Rights Policy

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its new policy on accessible education for students with disabilities, along with recommendations on how to best meet legal obligations under Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

The policy:

  • recognizes that education is vitally important to a person’s social, academic and economic development
  • reflects a broad definition of disability
  • provides students and families with up-to-date information about their human rights and responsibilities
  • offers practical guidance to education providers to meet their legal duty to accommodate
  • reminds schools of their obligation to maintain accessible, inclusive, discrimination and harassment-free spaces

On November 26, 2018 the Board of Trustees received a detailed report on how the WCDSB plans to address the requirements of this new policy. The report is available on pages 60-63 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Report

Student Trustees Izabella Tyc and Meghan Nemeth presented their monthly report on activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools. The report is available on pages 64-65 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Inaugural Meeting

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 49 schools and four adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 182-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

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For more information, please contact:

John Shewchuk – Chief Managing Officer | (519) 578-3660 | john.shewchuk@wcdsb.ca

November 27th, 2018|

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The WCDSB is proud to announce that 83 Advanced Placement (AP) exams were written by the board’s students last May in a variety of subject areas. AP is an internationally recognized program that provides highly able students with academic enrichment which prepares them for university and helps them earn university equivalency credits while enrolled in secondary school.

Visit the Advanced Placement website for more information.

November 26th, 2018|

Commissioning 2018

Wonderful capturing of our School Council Chair and Administrator Commissioning. Grateful to our People of Faith who respond to the call to be joyful disciples! Enjoy…


November 19th, 2018|

Specialist High Skills Major students are learning to improve their soft-skills

Grade 11 & 12 students in the SHSM Program spent a day learning how to effectively communicate, problem solve, and lead through initiative tasks, low and high ropes courses at the outdoor education centre with the YMCA in St. Clements.  See the students in action onsite through a replay of our live stream: https://www.facebook.com/SHSM.WCDSB/

More Information:: The Specialist High Skills Major program is a Ministry Approved, student success initiative which helps to prepare our youth for the next steps after high school through certification and training opportunities, co-op placements and a bundle of credits all within a students intended “Major”. The SHSM program has 13 different majors across the 5 high schools at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and is a leader in the Province for its impact of student involvement. For more information, please also visit: www.highskills.ca

November 1st, 2018|
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