Committee of the Whole Board: Monday, February 12, 2018 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting: Monday, February 26, 2018 — Meeting Agenda Package


Annual Report – Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR)

Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region has been serving the Waterloo Catholic District School Board since 2007 through the provision of home to school transportation services for our students. This is accomplished by contracting with school bus and taxi operators to service routes built by STSWR transportation technicians. Since inception, STSWR has worked to become efficient and responsive to the Board’s needs and through the General Manager, seeks to make improvements annually through the adoption of best and leading practices in the sector.

On February 12, 2018 the Board of Trustees received the STSWR Annual Report. The full report is available on pages 7-26 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Kindergarten Update

In January, 2017, Trustees were apprised of ongoing progress in implementing two renewed policies and programs in Ontario which form the core of the The Kindergarten Program 2016 and Growing Success: The Kindergarten Addendum 2016. Here is a timeline of actions undertaken since then.

January 2017: Session for planning time teachers to support communicating learning within the four frames for Communication of Learning templates

January 2017: System invited to Ministry virtual learning sessions for administrators and educators

January 2017: Principal learning session; understanding WCDSB Kindergarten Communication of Learning (formerly known as ‘report card’) success criteria to support educators in the shifts in Kindergarten pedagogy

March – May 2017: K-1 Renewed Math Strategy (RMS) networks focussing on extending the pedagogy of kindergarten into grade one

April – June 2017: Early Development Instrument (EDI) Mobilization self-directed learning module provided to schools

May 2017: Communication of Learning support session for Kindergarten planning time teachers

October 2017: Communication of Learning support sessions for educators new to Kindergarten

October 2017: Communication of Learning support session for administrators

October 2017 – Present: RMS networks focussing on moving the pedagogy of kindergarten into grade one & beyond

January 2018: Presentation to elementary administrators by provincial early learning leads to better understand key components of the revised Kindergarten program

January 2018: Administrator capacity building session to support responsive professional learning around teaching & learning within The Kindergarten Program 2016 and Growing Success Kindergarten Addendum.

January – March 2018: In partnership with Region of Waterloo Community Services Children’s Services Department, we have provided Early Development Instrument (EDI) training sessions for all kindergarten classroom teachers. Teachers are provided with the opportunity to complete their component of the EDI during this session.

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

Parent Engagement Report

The WCDSB has continually focused on supporting the partnership between home and school to meet the various forms of parent engagement as presented in the Ontario Parent Engagement Policy by promoting and supporting:

  • Catholic School Chairperson “Grassroots” knowledge and information sharing event
  • Parents Reaching Grant applications, system and regional
  • Celebration of our Catholic School Advisory Council Chairpersons through our WCDB annual commissioning ceremony.

Over the past few years we have continued to see a strong trend of schools reaching their parent communities by engaging them through the Parents Reaching Out Grants.

The full report is available on pages 33-36 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Special Education Renewed Math Strategy (RMS) Update

The Special Education RMS focus for 2017-2018 has been on building capacity of classroom teachers, special education teachers, principals and other board staff in regard to screening assessments, classroom interventions and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.

In 2018-19, the Special Education RMS focus will include an intervention model aimed at creating socially and academically inclusive classrooms through a collaborative model of resource teacher support. The belief is this approach will ensure mathematics is accessible for diverse learners.

A detailed overview of the strategy is available on pages 12-16 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Student Trustees Report

Student Trustees Kate Jamieson and Meghan Nemeth presented their monthly report on activities in WCDSB’s secondary schools. The report contains highlights of the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association’s Student Platform – a 16-point list of recommendations to the Ontario government and opposition parties — based in part on responses to the Student Survey completed in November, 2017, and a recap of the February 15-18 OSTA-AECO Board Council Conference in Ottawa. Their full report is available on pages 28-32 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting: Monday, March 5, 2018

Regular Public Board Meeting: Monday, March 26, 2018

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 52 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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