We Belong at HWDSB – Focus Recruitment of Black and Racialized Educators
At HWDSB, we are committed to identifying and removing barriers so we can offer all students supportive, inclusive, and respectful learning environments.
We are implementing an intentional approach to recruit, hire, mentor, and support Black and Racialized educators. Our Staff Census showed Indigenous (2.1% of staff respondents), Black (1.5%) and Racialized (9%) staff are underrepresented at HWDSB compared to the labor market availability.
Ongoing research suggests strongly that student achievement increase the more they see themselves reflected in the classroom, in the curriculum and in positions of power. The Focus Recruitment Strategy will support HWDSB’s Employment Equity Plan which aligns with the Equity Secretariat, Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan and PPM 165 goals.
We want students and staff to reflect our community’s diversity and feel like they belong. What does it mean to belong at HWDSB? Here’s what students told us…
We have posted to our improved Careers page two job postings related to the Focus Recruitment Strategy:
- A job opportunity for Black and Racialized Secondary Occasional Teachers, and;
- A job opportunity for Black and Racialized Elementary Occasional Teachers
We are hosting information sessions for Black and Racialized prospective teachers interested in teaching at HWDSB. These information sessions are for those who have received their Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) certificate or are in the process of obtaining it.
Information sessions are vital to HWDSB recruitment and provide candidates with the necessary information to apply. Teacher information sessions also serve as an excellent way to highlight HWDSB, staff, and current or upcoming opportunities.
A virtual information session will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on MS Teams. Please learn more in this Focus Recruitment Information Session Flyer.
We invite our community to provide input on the Focus Recruitment Strategy through an anonymous and confidential survey about recruitment outreach strategies, barriers to employment, the hiring process for Black and Racialized educators and more.
This will inform and guide HWDSB’s hiring strategy by helping create a transparent hiring process and address longstanding inequities in opportunities for underserved communities.
Take part in our Focus Recruitment Survey before June 17, 2022, at https://ca.research.net/r/FocusRecruitmentHWDSB