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IMPORTANT! Updated Closure Information Concerning Strike Action on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

January 30, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

ADDITIONALLY – As a result of pending strike action announced today by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), all of the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will also be closed on February 4 — except for all PSW (Personal Support Worker) programs that will be running as per the normal schedules and locations.

As before, we remain hopeful the government, OECTA and OSSTF will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

January 30th, 2020|

Special Message from the Board of Trustees

January 30, 2020

At the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we are grateful for the quality, inclusive, faith-based education provided to our students.

We are proud and thankful to all stakeholders for their contribution to the education provided in our Catholic schools across Waterloo Region and Ontario.

As elected representatives for the WCDSB our primary focus is and always has been on student achievement, well-being and the preservation of Catholic education. Student success is achieved when all board staff, including, but not limited to, teachers, administrators, senior administration and support staff work collaboratively with one another, families, students and the broader community. As a system, we are dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming place for all learners, where all are called to belong and for this, we are thankful.

This is certainly a challenging time for education in Ontario, which is why we will continue to advocate on behalf of students, families and staff to receive the funding and support needed for success. As a Board of Trustees, we believe education must be seen as an investment and a priority.

We hope that there is a return to the bargaining process and that all work collaboratively to reach a resolution that puts our students’ success and well-being first, while continuing to improve upon our world-class education in a responsible, respectful and equitable manner.

Bill Conway, Chair — Waterloo Catholic District School Board

(On Behalf of the WCDSB Board of Trustees)

January 30th, 2020|

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Secondary school credit courses, hair styling courses and culinary arts courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on February 4. St. Louis guidance and correspondence services will also be unavailable on February 4. All other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after February 4.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

January 28th, 2020|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — January, 2020

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, January 13, 2020 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, January 27, 2020 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Healthy Active Living

WCDSB’s commitment to Healthy Active Living among our students continued to be strong in the 2018-19 school year. This year’s report draws attention to a number of key advancements and a great set of celebratory achievements:

Looking ahead in 2019-20, schools will continue to be supported with Healthy Schools planning as the St. Mary’s family of schools will be the last family brought into the Region of Waterloo Public Health nurses support model. The Don’t Walk in the Hallway program will be rolled out in all schools. The new PPM 158, School Board Policies on Concussions, requires significant attention regarding concussion education, training and tracking within our system. Professional development will continue throughout all elementary school levels as the new Health & Physical Education curriculum dictates. All outdoor education teachers in the secondary school panel will undergo rigorous retraining as required every three years.

The full report is available on pages 8-11 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Mathematics Update

The report presented to the Board of Trustees on January 13, 2020 provided updated information with respect to the following:

  • Math Lead Teacher (Elementary)
  • Mathematics PD Day (Nov. 15, 2019)
  • Math Coaching Update for Targeted-Support, Board-Identified & Intermittent schools
  • Mathematics Leadership Learning Series for elementary principals
  • Priorities within Secondary Math
  • Next Steps for Math Professional Learning: Elementary & Secondary

 

The report is highly detailed, with numerous charts and graphs, and can be viewed on pages 12-18 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Strong Start Program

For fifteen years, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has worked with the Strong Start Charitable Organization as a community partner in raising children’s literacy levels and more effectively utilizing our volunteer allies. In 2004, the Letters, Sounds and Words program was first offered in five schools within the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. It has now grown to all 43 elementary schools. Strong Start began in Waterloo Region and has now been adopted by seven other school boards. In 2014 the WCDSB awarded its Community Partner Award to Strong Start.

The report presented to Board of Trustees on January 27 focused on the following key Strong Start programs:

  • Letters, Sounds, and Words (LSW)
  • Get Ready for School (GRFS)
  • Baby Connections

The full report is available on pages 26-28 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Update on Property Matters and Major Construction

The report presented to Board of Trustees on January 27 provided information on the status of vacant properties and those that are being considered for purchase. It also provided information on major construction.

Key areas of focus were:

  • Capital Priority Requests
  • Property Disposition
  • New Site Acquisitions
  • Major Construction Projects
  • Proceeds of Disposition

 

The full report is available on pages 29-32 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Leadership Strategy Update

The Ontario Leadership Strategy was developed in 2008-2009 to foster leadership of the highest possible quality in schools and school boards. School and system leaders play a critical role in creating the conditions of success, increasing student achievement, reducing gaps in student achievement and increasing public confidence in publicly funded education. As part of the Ontario Leadership Strategy (OLS), each district in the province had been provided funding and support to develop and implement a Board Leadership Development Strategy (BLDS). While the BLDS is no longer financially supported through Ministry of Education funding, the WCDSB maintains that our goals mirror the goals of the OLS – that is, to:

  • attract those contemplating the vocation of leadership to the roles;
  • develop personal leadership resources in individuals and promote effective leadership practices in order to have the greatest possible impact on student achievement and well-being; and
  • develop leadership capacity and coherence in organizations to strengthen their ability to deliver on education priorities.

Our comprehensive leadership plan includes:

  • Catholic Leadership Series: Developing the Leader Within, Authentic Leadership and Advanced Leadership
  • Induction Series
  • Innovation Series
  • Catholic Leadership Series- Theology on Tap Sessions
  • New Teacher Induction Program

The Life-Long Learning Series was put on hold this year to review delivery format and potential offerings.

The full report is available on pages 66-73 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Board Chair’s Update

Each month, Board Chair Bill Conway reports on the activities of the Board of Trustees. The report for September 2019 is available on page 36 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, February 10, 2020

Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, February 24, 2020

Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and four adult education facilities, serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 184-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

January 28th, 2020|

Upcoming Board of Trustees Meeting – Monday, January 27, 2020

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, January 27, 2020 — at the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre.

Meeting Agenda

General Information About WCDSB Board Meetings

Information About the Board of Trustees

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 48 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 184-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

January 24th, 2020|

Elementary Principal

ADMIN 2020-01

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Hold a current Certificate of Qualification with the Ontario College of Teachers
  • At the time of application have completed Part 1 and Part 2 of the Ontario Principal’s Qualification Program
  • Hold Religious Education Certificate, Part I or a Letter of Equivalency from OECTA Provincial/OCSTA
  • Demonstrated successful experience as a Vice Principal

 

Desirable Assets:

  • Have developed a professional portfolio tied to the Catholic School Level Leadership Framework that demonstrates a transformation of lifelong learning experience(s) to teaching and learning practices
  • Have received certification in the Board’s three-part Catholic Leadership Program
  • Master’s Degree
  • Evidence to demonstrate participation in leadership experiences in a variety of settings
  • Evidence of a clear understanding of the purpose and nature of leadership experiences in a Catholic School and in a variety of other settings
  • Have broad teaching experience in various divisions and a variety of settings
  • Have a good working-knowledge of computers, office software and related school technology

 

Application Process:

  • For external applicants: applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca while the internal applicants must apply  via internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca .  Please include your first and last name and the posting number (provided above) in the subject line.

 

Applications must include:

  • A letter of application quoting the above posting number
  • A complete and up-to-date personal resume or curriculum vitae
  • A copy of the candidate’s most recent Principal Performance Appraisal if available.
  • Letters of reference from two individuals who can provide a current professional reference. One must be the candidate’s current supervisor/principal.  The other reference must be from a former supervisor/principal.
  • A current satisfactory pastoral reference dated within the last 12 months. The form can be found at https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/
  • A signed endorsement from your Family of Schools Superintendent. The endorsement form can be found at https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/
  • Documentation to support the qualifications and assets identified above including a copy of your current Certification of Qualification

 

Applications will be accepted until February 14, 2020

 

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be used to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.

 

At WCDSB, we are committed to respecting your privacy, and will take appropriate measures to protect any personal information you may share with us through the job application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. For more information about the Board’s Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2381.

 

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca.  If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours. Please use one method of application only.

January 20th, 2020|

Secondary Principal

ADMIN 2020-02                 

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Hold a current Certificate of Qualification with the Ontario College of Teachers
  • At the time of application have completed Part 1 and Part 2 of the Ontario Principal’s Qualification Program
  • Hold Religious Education Certificate, Part I or a Letter of Equivalency from OECTA Provincial/OCSTA
  • Demonstrated successful experience as a Vice Principal

 

Desirable Assets:

  • Have developed a professional portfolio tied to the Catholic School Level Leadership Framework that demonstrates a transformation of lifelong learning experience(s) to teaching and learning practices
  • Have received certification in the Board’s three-part Catholic Leadership Program
  • Master’s Degree
  • Evidence to demonstrate participation in leadership experiences in a variety of settings
  • Evidence of a clear understanding of the purpose and nature of leadership experiences in a Catholic School and in a variety of other settings
  • Have broad teaching experience in various divisions and a variety of settings
  • Have a good working-knowledge of computers, office software and related school technology

 

Application Process:

  • For external applicants: applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca while the internal applicants must apply  via internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca. Please include your first and last name and the posting number (provided above) in the subject line.

 

Applications must include:

  • A letter of application quoting the above posting number
  • A complete and up-to-date personal resume or curriculum vitae
  • A copy of the candidate’s most recent Principal Performance Appraisal if available.
  • Letters of reference from two individuals who can provide a current professional reference. One must be the candidate’s current supervisor/principal.  The other reference must be from a former supervisor/principal.
  • A current satisfactory pastoral reference dated within the last 12 months. The form can be found at https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/
  • A signed endorsement from your Family of Schools Superintendent. The endorsement form can be found at https://www.wcdsb.ca/careers/how-to-apply/
  • Documentation to support the qualifications and assets identified above including a copy of your current Certification of Qualification

 

Applications will be accepted until February 14, 2020

 

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be used to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.

 

At WCDSB, we are committed to respecting your privacy, and will take appropriate measures to protect any personal information you may share with us through the job application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. For more information about the Board’s Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2381.

 

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca.  If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code.  Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours. Please use one method of application only.

January 20th, 2020|

.2 FTE Temporary Behaviour Analyst (February 1 – December 18, 2020)

Posting Number: APSSP 2020-02

The Behavioural Analyst will be responsible to undertake the following:
• Conduct data driven functional behaviour assessments/analysis
• Administer & interpret level “B” assessment materials (non-diagnostic systems)
• Monitor functional behaviour interventions and data recording systems
• Liaise between home, school, system staff and community (as appropriate)
• Provide clinical consultation to families and staff in conjuction with the Behaviour Team Clinical
Psychologist
• Actively participate as a member of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Team
• Build capacity by offering professional development to school and system staff
• Perform other duties as assigned

 

Basic Qualifications:
• Masters Degree with specialization in areas such as psychology, science, or other areas deemed equivelant. BCBA designation or the Ontario BACB Alternative Qualifications is required. Consideration will be given for applicants currently in pursuit of BCBA designation. Proof will be required.
• Qualification training level “B” assessment testing materials
• Experience with the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI)
• Experience working with children and youth with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Dual Diagnosis
• Experience with the development of proactive behaviour intervention & modification
• Experience in the scientific field of applied behavioural analysis, behaviour modification & CPS
• Experience with school aged children in an educational setting is essential
• Experience with students with exceptional behavioural challenges & needs
• Must possess excellent communication skills, written and verbal
• Hold a current behaviour management systems certificate or equivalent
• Must be proficient in the use of computers and data software
• Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
• Participation in ongoing professional leadership development activities to enhance clinical practice

Desirable Assets:
Familiarity with a wide range of special education services

Salary Range: $11,831 -$18,192 per year based on 194 school days per year and evaluation of years of experience in
accordance with the provisions of the APSSP Collective Agreement.
Hours of Work: to be determined
Location: Family of schools within Waterloo Region

 

Applicants must attach all required documentation required for this position to the resume in order to be considered a candidate for the position.
For external applicants: applications will be received via email at recruiting@wcdsb.ca while the internal applicants must apply via internalrecruiting@wcdsb.ca

Please include your first name, last name and posting number (provided above) in the subject line. Further information on the application process can be found at:

Applications will be accepted until January 29, 2020.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is welcoming of candidates from diverse communities, backgrounds and identities and encourages applications from qualified members of these groups.

Applicants are invited to self-identify if you are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, a member of a visible minority group(s) or a person with disabilities. This information is collected under the authority of the Ontario Human Rights Code and will be used to keep track of recruitment information. No personal information will be included.

At WCDSB, we are committed to respecting your privacy, and will take appropriate measures to protect any personal information you may share with us through the job application process. All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment. For more information about the Board’s Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Officer at 519-578-3660 Ext. 2381.

To request this file in large print, please email aoda@wcdsb.ca. If you require a disability related accommodation to participate the recruitment process, please contact us at (519) 578-3677, extension 2368 to discuss your needs under the Human Rights Code. Responses to inquiries will be provided within 72 hours. Please use one method of application only.
This is a non-denominational equal opportunity position.

January 16th, 2020|

Introducing: 40,000 Journeys!!

There are more than 40,000 students and staff learning and working in Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools – and each one has their own unique story to tell.

So…we’re very proud to be launching a new website feature called – 40,000 JOURNEYS.

Here’s our introductory VIDEO.

Be sure to bookmark the page and check 40,000 Journeys frequently. You’ll see why learning and working in Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools really is the journey of a lifetime!

Tweet using the hashtag #WCDSB40000Journeys

 

January 15th, 2020|

Important Update re: WCDSB Extended Day Programs on January 21

Important Update: On January 21, 2020 all WCDSB extended day programs will be OPEN for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

A previous communication indicated extended day programs would not operate that day.

An updated version of that earlier message is provided below.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on January 21.

Secondary school credit courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but all other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after January 21.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

January 14th, 2020|