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Positive Culture and Well-Being

Goal : All HWDSB students and staff feel safe, supported and accepted.

Target:

Every school and department will improve the number of staff and students feeling safe, supported and accepted from the August 2017 baseline.

Strategies:

  • Communities use site specific data from the Positive Climate and Staff Voice Surveys to create their School or Service Department Annual Plans.
  • Continue to engage System Leaders in equity and inclusive professional learning​
  • Review and implement the Mental Health Strategy​
  • Intensive focus on positive culture and well-being in high priority schools

Student Learning and Achievement

Goal #1: All students reading by the end of Grade 1.

Target:

At least 75 per cent of Grade 1 students achieving a B (provincial standard or higher on their June 2018 report card).

Strategies:

  • Review and implement the Early Reading strategy​
  • Intensive focus on early reading in High Priority Schools
  • Implement effective comprehensive literacy practices and interventions through the continuous learning and improvement process

Goal #2: Improvement in Mathematics.

Target:

At least 65 per cent of students achieving at or above provincial standard as measured by 2017-18 EQAO (total number of students in primary, junior and Grade 9).​

Strategies:

  • Review and implement the Renewed Math strategy​
  • Intensive focus on mathematics in High Priority Schools
  • Implement effective comprehensive mathematics practices and interventions through the continuous learning and improvement process

Goal #3: All Students Graduating.

Target:

At least 83 per cent of the 2013-14 cohort (staying in HWDSB) will graduate within five years (by August 2018).

Strategies:

  • Refine our measures of students' progress towards graduation over time.
  • Identify, monitor and provide differentiated support for in-risk students.​
  • Implement effective instructional practices and interventions through the continuous learning and improvement process

Effective Communication

Goal: Improve internal and external communications.​

Target:

Implement a research-based strategic communication and engagement plan based on the recommendations of the Communication Audit

Strategies:

  • Restructure the roles and responsibilities of the Communications and Community Engagement Team to align work with the Board's five Reimagined priorities
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  • Review and systemically implement communication systems​
  • Develop and implement an integrated digital engagement strategy​

School Renewal

Goal: Improve the conditions of our schools

Target:

At least 25 per cent fewer schools will be identified as being in poor condition by 2020.​

Strategies:

  • Implement the annual capital plan included in the Long Term Facilities Master Plan which includes elementary and secondary facility benchmarks, school renewal and repairs and maintenance.​
  • Ensure all new school builds, additions and renovations meet the facility benchmarks established by the Board.​
  • Work with municipal partners to ensure that the Board can proceed with the capital projects for which funding has already been received.​
  • Maximize funding received from Ministry capital funding opportunities.​

Partnerships

Goal #1: All parents, guardians and caregivers are welcome, respected and valued as partners in student learning, achievement and well-being.

Target:

At least 75 per cent of parents, guardians and caregivers indicate that they have an awareness of what their children are learning in their classrooms by June 2018.

Strategies

  • Educators use a variety of approaches to communicate classroom learning to parents/guardians/caregivers​
  • Enhanced focus on families to support high priority schools

Goal #2: All new and existing community partnerships will enhance opportunities for students.

Target:

Increase equity of access in community partnerships supporting our two priorities of student learning and achievement and positive culture and well-being by June 2018.

Strategies:

  • Launch and use a database to track, analyze and communicate effective school and system partnerships​
  • Enhanced focus of community partnerships to support high priority schools

Download the Strategic Directions and Annual Plan. View the HWDSB Priorities Take Flight video on YouTube.