Toronto District School Board

Supporting Each and Every Student: An Equity Update

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB

A lot has happened this year to improve achievement and well-being for each and every student in the TDSB. I am proud of all that we have accomplished and thank our community for the active role they played in this work to support each and every student.

We started this year with a focus on culture and system improvement.

We supported that focus by organizing our system in a way that was collaborative, responsive and ensured that the right resources were in the right places.

We asked ourselves what we were trying to change – student achievement and well-being – and brought strategic focus to help make that happen.

Through all of this, we continually heard with our communities and we learned. We learned a lot and we pushed ourselves in unexpected directions. We moved from an area of comfort to one where we challenged ourselves to talk about our own biases and barriers and what impact they have on student success. We shifted our language and we are now beginning to speak more honestly and directly about issues such as systemic racism and oppression.

And with that learning, we found that we needed to direct more resources to support schools. One way we’re doing that is through the addition of a Superintendent of Equity, Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression. This title – thought to be the first of its kind in Canada – signals a bold change in our willingness to talk about the issues we’re confronting.

We are making other significant changes that will help us better support our schools and communities. And, we will focus on continuing to build relationships with our community. We will continue to focus on building relationships with each other and our communities. We will look to the Aboriginal Education Centre in leading Indigenous education, guided by the wisdom of the council of Elders, and work with and learn from Indigenous communities. We will uphold the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as a framework for reconciliation to build strong relationships and safe and welcoming environments that will support Indigenous student well-being and success.

Why are we doing this? Because we know we can – and should – do better. Our students deserve more and it is our collective responsibility to make these changes and to keep learning so each and every student can succeed.

John Malloy
Director of Education

 

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