Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, November 13, 2017 — Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, November 27, 2017 — Meeting Agenda Package


Pastoral Plan Update

The 2017-18 school year marks the third, and final year of the WCDSB’s three-year Pastoral Plan. The plan launched in 2015-16 under the theme People of Love. Last year, we transitioned to the second theme of the plan: People of Hope. At that time, Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., presided at our transitional liturgy. The liturgy attracted staff, students, parents and clergy from every school in the district – along with members of the Board of Trustees. Of note is the fact that when surveyed last school year, 79% of survey responders answered positively that school communities were engaged in understanding and living our pastoral plan. This has continued this year.

At the board’s October 23, 2017 Spiritual Development Day, we formally launched the third theme of the plan: People of Faith. On that day, we revealed our Year of Faith pilgrimage cross that was created specifically to celebrate the Year of Faith – using the gospel story of the Road to Emmaus to frame the district-wide experience of a witness of faith. We have created a schedule for the pilgrimage of the cross so that it visits each of our district schools over the course of this next liturgical year, including stops at our parish churches on weekends whenever possible. The first stop of the pilgrimage is captured in this VIDEO by our Spiritual Animator, Fr. Toby Collins, C.R. For the full update, please CLICK HERE and see pages 12-13.

Teacher Learning & Leadership Program (TLLP)

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. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for teachers to engage in advanced professional learning and to share their learning with others. The goals are to:

  • 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.

Successful applicants are required to participate in Ministry-led training, participate in an on-line forum, reflect upon and analyze their learning, and submit a report at the end of the year. Teacher teams work to share as often and fully as possible, their learning and promising practices with colleagues. The full report is available on pages 7-11 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Autism Support Team

The Autism Support Team is a dedicated group of professionals with a focus on the application of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in the classroom for students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA uses methods based on scientific principles of learning and behaviour to build useful repertoires of behaviour and reduce problematic ones. The ASD Team consists of two Autism Support Facilitators and one Behaviour Analyst.

How to Access the ASD Team

The school principal/special education teacher will make contact with the Special Education Liaison to discuss the need for Autism Support Services. The Special Education Liaison will gather further information and, if necessary, direct the school to make a referral using IEP Lite. Once the Autism Support Facilitator has received the referral, a decision will be made about the level of support required. Such services may include: implementing effective strategies for students with ASD to ensure student success in an educational setting; assisting principals, teachers and support staff in creating behaviour intervention and safety plans for students with ASD; building capacity by offering professional development and training to WCDSB staff for students with ASD; collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team in regards to students with ASD; assisting in the transition of students with ASD. The full report is available on pages 57-58 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

English as a Second Language Update

The WCDSB continues to strive to meet the varied and increased needs of its English Language Learners (ELLs). Staff engage in an ongoing manner with partners and stakeholders throughout the region to ensure that newcomers to Canada experience a transition to school that is as safe and smooth as possible. Support for ELLs is articulated in the WCDSB’s Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA) as educators are called upon to clearly know the needs of these students and respond to them in a collaborative and effective manner. This response, furthermore, is one that is informed and supported by a wide and impressive range of team members (i.e. family members, cultural community leaders, translators, health practitioners, employers and faith community leaders) who work in a dynamic and collaborative manner.

Trends in the number of newcomer students being assessed at the Newcomer Reception Centre indicate that there has been a significant increase in the number of students registering at the WCDSB (JK-Grade 12) from various countries all over the world. The vast majority of these have English as an Additional Language learning needs. The full report is available on pages 59-61 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Environmental Education

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board continues to promote the principles and practices essential to environmental education in various contexts and opportunities. It does so in order to not only meet the goals and targets identified in its Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan but, as well, to fulfill the vision of environmentally aware and responsive graduates described in Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow: A Policy Framework for Environmental Education in Ontario Schools (2009) and Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario (2014).

On November 27, 2017 the Board of Trustees received a comprehensive report highlighting four key initiatives currently promoted by the WCDSB, to address the vision described above:

  • Ontario EcoSchools Program
  • Focus on Nature
  • Environmental Teacher Training (CODE Project)
  • Energize: Sustainable City Challenge

The full report is available on pages 62-68 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. Key events this month included Bullying Awareness Week activities and the last meeting of the Student Senate for 2017. Their full report is available on pages 69-70 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Upcoming Board Meetings

Annual Board Inaugural Meeting

Monday, December 4, 2017

Regular Public Board Meeting

Monday, December 11, 2017

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 181-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.

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