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Multi-Year Strategic Plan 

The Toronto District School Board's Multi-Year Strategic Plan sets direction and identifies system goals to support our 246,000 students and 583 schools. It acts as a high level statement of intent for the Toronto District School Board.

The Multi-Year Strategic Plan drives all other plans in the TDSB, including: Vision for Learning and ServiceIntegrated Equity FrameworkLeadership Capacity Plan, and Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy.

To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being and to acquire the knowledge, skills and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of a democratic and sustainable society.

We Value:
  • Each and every student’s interests, strengths, passions, identities and needs
  • A strong public education system
  • A partnership of students, staff,  family and community
  • Shared leadership that builds trust, supports effective practices and enhances high expectations
  • The diversity of our students, staff  and our community
  • The commitment and skills of our staff
  • Equity, innovation, accountability and accessibility
  • Learning and working spaces that are inclusive, caring, safe, respectful and environmentally sustainable.
Multi-Year Strategic Plan Goals
  1. Transform Student Learning
    • We will provide all students with positive, supportive learning environments that have high expectations and enable them to reach their full potential as valuable and contributing members of society.
    • We will work actively to ensure that communication, critical thinking & problem solving, collaboration & leadership, global citizenship & character, creativity, inquiry and entrepreneurship are embedded in all learning, beginning in the early years. On a foundation of literacy and math, students will deal with issues such as environmental sustainability, poverty and social justice in order for them to develop compassion, empathy and solutions to challenging problems.
    • We will use technology thoughtfully to ensure that students develop both digital fluency and the ability to build healthy relationships with classmates and adults.

  2. Create a Culture for Student and Staff Well-Being
    • We will build positive school cultures that support the mental health and overall well-being (physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual) of all students.
    • We will create the conditions for every student in every school to experience the support of a caring adult. 
    • We will equip educators with the tools necessary to teach, assess, support, and relate to students to ensure that student mental health and well-being is at the centre of teaching and learning.
    • We will partner with staff to create workplaces that promote positive mental health and well-being and are free of bias and full of potential.
    • We will provide all staff with professional learning opportunities that build healthy relationships and develop leadership capacity to effectively support students, schools and their communities.
  3. Provide Equity of Access to Learning Opportunities for All Students
    • We will effectively integrate the voices, choices, abilities and experiences of our students into our school programming. Students will be more successful when they are engaged in their learning in this manner. We will be more responsive to the strengths, interests, gifts, and lived realities of our students as we create and design our schools and classrooms.  
    • We will ensure that every school offers a wide range of programming and creates a welcoming, inclusive learning environment for all students. 
    • We will continually review and assess our policies, procedures and practices to ensure that they promote equity, inclusion and human rights practices. 
    • We will review program, planning and accommodation needs to ensure equitable access, increased opportunities and enhanced learning outcomes for all students.
  4. Allocate Human and Financial Resources Strategically to Support Student Needs
    • We will allocate human and financial resources to ensure that all schools and departments can support optimal student learning, based on the principles of equity and excellence.
    • We will review budget allocations to address any barriers or system biases that could negatively affect student achievement and well-being. 
    • We will work to continuously renew facilities and improve services to meet  the highest possible standards to accommodate the needs of  students, staff and the community. 
  5. Build Strong Relationships and Partnerships Within School Communities to Support Student Learning and Well-Being
    • We will strengthen relationships among our students, staff, families and communities to create a culture that supports all students and leads to improved learning and well-being.
    • We will involve parents/guardians in the school improvement process to ensure their voices and perspectives inform our work.
    • We will continue to build both formal and informal community partnerships to support the needs of all students and families.
    • We will continue to create an environment of shared leadership where everyone’s expertise and experience is invited and every voice has influence. 

Background Information
A Multi-Year Strategic Plan Ad Hoc Committee, comprised of Trustees and staff, was formed in January 2018. The committee drafted Multi-Year Strategic Plan documents, including the Mission and Values statements and Multi-Year Strategic Plan Goals. These documents were received at the Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Beginning in March and throughout the month of April 2018, a public consultation was held and members of the public were invited to provide feedback.  Adjustments were made to the draft MYSP documents, based on feedback received during the consultation and final documents were approved by the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.







Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
a democratic and sustainable society.
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