All Students Achieving Their Full Potential
Providing relevant, responsive education so that each student becomes a lifelong
learner and contributing citizen in a diverse world.
Respect, Creativity, Excellence, Citizenship
Our Trustees and staff worked diligently to craft a succinct set of Strategic Directions for 2009-14. As noted, these directions include a vision of all students achieving their full potential, and a mission that sees the Board “providing relevant, responsive education so that each student becomes a lifelong learner and contributing citizen in a diverse world.”
To achieve this, the Board is embracing three overarching themes in its strategic directions: Achievement Matters, Engagement Matters and Equity Matters. These are guiding our specific actions in the years ahead, as we implement the blueprint for action that we refer to as our Annual Operating Plan (AOP).
Specific work that flows from our AOP includes our kindergarten to Grade 2 literacy plan, our work to engage youth no longer at school, our enhanced math programming, and much more.
Strategic Directions ensure that we have clarity of purpose. An Annual Operating Plan guides our year-to-year action, and in our Budget we demonstrate our priorities as we direct funds to areas that best serve our student-focused priorities of achievement, engagement and equity.
At the school level, this alignment is a reflection of our further commitment to enhance our culture of academic optimism, a crucial ingredient in education which is really about attitude and belief. Academic optimism exists when we believe we can reach every student and when there is trust in our schools, throughout our Board and among our parents and our community. It is about holding high expectations for our students. It is also about believing that all of our students can learn, because we have given them what they need.