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HWDSB Focusing Partnerships on Student Achievement and Well-being

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is ensuring that all partnerships provide opportunities and supports for student achievement and well-being.

Partnerships represent one of five new priorities Trustees adopted during HWDSB Reimagine – the new Strategic Directions. These informed an HWDSB Annual Plan, with more detailed goals, targets and strategies for each priority.

“We know that when parents, guardians, caregivers and families feel respected and valued, student achievement and well-being improves,” Director of Education Manny Figueiredo said.

The Partnerships Report at the Program Committee on April 20, 2017 updated Trustees and the public on progress toward partnership targets.

Partnership Database

HWDSB is on track to have all partnerships align and support the new Strategic Directions by August 2017. Staff work in this area involves developing a system-wide understanding of partnerships, system-wide screening of potential partners and a database of partnerships for use by the system and schools.

Parent Portal

HWDSB continues to work toward ensuring that all parents are aware of what their children are learning in their classrooms by August 2017. This work involves supporting Principals and educators so that they can share student learning, specifically in math. It is also piloting online tools including a Parent Portal so that parents and students can access relevant information.

Engagement Report Card

A total of 135 partners completed the first Community Engagement Report Card. Staff are identifying areas of growth for relationships with community partners. The Engagement Department has been involved in the intake of 157 new partnership requests for the 2016-17 school year, 96 of which have been processed to completion.

For example, HWDSB’s partnership with the Hamilton Community Foundation aims to improve high school graduation rates and access to post-secondary, including the trades, by focusing efforts on Grades 6, 7, 8 and supporting the transition to high school through graduate tracking, small grants for teachers and community programs such as robotics clubs and newcomer supports.

About HWDSB:
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has a vision in which Curiosity, Creativity and Possibility empower students to learn and grow to their full potential in a diverse world. Learn more at www.hwdsb.on.ca.

Media Contact:
Jackie Penman
Corporate Communications Manager
T: 905.527.5092 x2301
C: 905.317.0086
jpenman@hwdsb.on.ca

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