Public Consultation – Huron Brigadoon Boundary Review

Schools involved: Blessed Sacrament, John Sweeney, Our Lady of Grace, St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Virtual via Microsoft Teams Live

ThoughtExchange open now and closes April 14, 2021

Start Time: 6:00 p.m.

Brief Presentation at 6:00 p.m.
Questions & Answers period to follow

Purpose:

To present the preferred option (Option 1) and implementation recommendations, prior to finalizing the recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

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Information, including pre-recorded staff presentation, is available at:

https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/accommodations/huron-brigadoon-boundary-review/

Email: HuronBrigadoon@wcdsb.ca

March 31st, 2021|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — March, 2021

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, March 8, 2021 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, March 22, 2021 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Adult Education Update

For many adult students, the ability to balance work, school and life responsibilities is often a driving force for the outcome of their academic success. Variability of work, increased need for digital resources, sporadic childcare, mental and physical well-being, and irregular access to community supports were intensified this past year and we are especially proud of everyone’s resiliency and success.

Despite the challenges of the past year, we forged ahead with many recommendations, adjusting our priorities along the way to achieve numerous successes across all programs.

The report presented to the Board of Trustees on March 8th describes important milestones and successes in the following key areas:

  • St. Francis (Kitchener) Campus Renovations Completed in December 2020
  • Kitchener Main Campus Renovations Have Begun (Year 1 of 5)
  • Revisioning ‘Technology in Classroom’ to Support Student Achievement
  • Nurturing our Catholic Community
  • Transition of Leadership
  • Professional Development to Build Capacity
  • Student Achievement and a 4-week Graduation
    • PSW
    • Hairstyling / Barber and Culinary
    • Credit Courses
    • Literacy and Numeracy (Gr. 7-10)
    • ESL & LINC
    • Core Essentials (LBS)

The report is available beginning on page 9 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Assessment & Evaluation Update

All assessment should lead to hope and an understanding that education is about learning. Educators design and implement rich learning tasks which respect the uniqueness and diversity of the individual learner. This leads to authentic assessment and evaluation as well as the use of accurate reporting strategies. Educators support students in meeting the learning expectations through a variety of assessment opportunities with the appropriate level of challenge, thereby helping students to demonstrate their level of achievement.

In March 2020, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, WCDSB responded by developing an initial Framework for Remote Educator-Led Learning to support educators through three distinct phases of the initial closure and online reopening. It outlined the key goals and priorities for each phase and included subject specific resources and supports as well as the key resource Recommended Online Assessment Tools FOR/AS Learning. This was a period of rapid change and response that pushed us to communicate clearly and create many new supports for educators as they shifted their assessment and evaluation focus to new ways of collecting evidence to support the triangulation of data.

The report presented to the Board of Trustees on March 8th provides important information in the following key areas:

  • Kindergarten Highlights Related to Assessment and Evaluation
  • Literacy Highlights Related to Assessment and Evaluation
  • Numeracy Highlights Related to Assessment and Evaluation
  • Adapted Secondary and Fully Remote Including St. Isidore and Full System (Jan/Feb)
  • Standardized Testing
  • Leveraging Digital to Triangulate Data

Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting practices at the WCDSB continue to rest at the core of all we do to ensure student achievement and well-being. These practices call educators to continually seek ways to learn more about their students’ needs and respond creatively and effectively. This year has provided more than a few challenges and the WCDSB has responded with resources and professional development opportunities that reflect innovation and a consistent focus on our students.

The full report is available beginning on page 15 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Success Update

While the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced challenges to overall student success, achievement, and wellbeing, at Waterloo Catholic District School Board we have been able to adapt, pivot, and continue to move our student success and experiential learning initiatives forward despite the following challenges:

  • Reduced overall coop placements due to pandemic protocols
  • Implementation of new student information system (SIS) under complex circumstances that has temporarily reduced our ability to retrieve data, therefore inhibiting responsive, evidence-based decision making
  • Temporary re-assignment of student success consultants due to teacher shortage
  • Re-assignment of student success sections to support Community Active Living full day programing

Student success initiatives and programs in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board broaden and deepen students’ experiential learning opportunities as supported by the Ministry of Education. Some examples include:

  • Specialist High Skills Major programs that bundle 8-10 courses allowing students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while completing their high school diploma.
  • A cooperative education program that combines classroom and workplace learning. Students can earn two co-op credits towards their compulsory diploma requirements, with no limit on earning optional co-op credits.
  • Dual credit programs where students have more opportunities to earn credits that count towards both their high school diploma and a college diploma or apprenticeship certification.