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Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: February 24, 2017

Last night I joined some of my favorite people- Ward 3 school council chairs and ward representatives- at the annual TDSB School Council Appreciation and Information Dinner. This event, organized by TDSB's Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC), brings together school council leaders from throughout the city for a stimulating exchange of ideas. It's the TDSB's way of expressing thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers who work so hard to support our schools on school advisory councils. 

Why serve on school councils? It's a way of giving back and making a difference in your school and community. Plus, it gives your children a strong message about the importance of education. Parents play a major role in influencing their children's attitudes and outcomes in education- and it starts sooner than you might think. Did you know that the gestures you make, and how much you talk about numbers, can provide your one year old with a positive growth mindset in math, which in turns leads to better math outcomes in the fourth grade? Have a look at this powerful new research on the influence of parental interactions from the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Our PIAC Ward 3 representative, Trevor Burnett, is a committed volunteer in his child's classroom at Seventh Street Jr. School. Check out his recent blog, The Price of Parental Involvement: Is It Affordable and Can We Afford Not To? Thank you to Trevor and all school parent volunteers! 

In this issue:

Local education news and updates

  • Norseman Jr. Middle School addition: construction update
  • Ward council March 2 2017: Peek into the future of Ward 3 schools
  • Ward council March 28 2017: School council night out
  • Games night sponsors needed for David Hornell Jr. School

News and updates from TDSB's Education Centre  

  • New TDSB research shows long reach of early childhood interventions
  • Apply now! Free cycling education programs and bike racks
  • TDSB webinar on special education
  • TDSB Parents as Partners conference registering for April 1 2017
  • PRO grants now open for application

Active Transportation and Safe Routes to Schools

  • Twentieth Street Jr. School Council successful in reducing speed limits
  • City of Toronto Watch Your Speed Program

Read the full newsletter here. 

TDSB Researchers Release New Findings on Long-term Impact of Early Childhood Vulnerabilities

In February 2017, TDSB researchers presented results of a new study that tracked children's academic success through time, from Kindergarten until school leaving in Grade 12.  Since 1998, TDSB teachers have used the Early Development Instrument (EDI), an assessment tool that assesses young children's ability to meet age-appropriate developmental expectations. Longitudinal tracking of the first EDI cohorts shows that on average, children who show vulnerability in one or more EDI domains in kindergarten continue to struggle to meet provincial expectations throughout their school careers, and experience lower than average success in post-secondary acceptance. Month of birth has an impact on school readiness in that children born later in the year (Oct-Dec) show higher rates of vulnerability in 2 or more domains compared to those born earlier in the year. Early interventions, such as pre-school participation in Family Literacy Centres or being in schools supported by the Model Schools for the Inner City program, has a positive effect on child development.

Norseman JMS Addition & Renovation Update

Canada's Outstanding Principals 2017

Every year, The Learning Partnership’s Outstanding Principals program recognizes the unique and vital contribution of Principals in publicly funded schools. Nominated by parents, colleagues and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee, 40 Principals from across Canada are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, having an entrepreneurial spirit and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities.

I am proud to announce that Craig Howe from École John English Junior Middle School is one of two TDSB principals chosen for the honour this year. Craig and Principal Monday Gala from C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute join this year's class of principals who are being inducted into the prestigious ranks of the National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals. The Principals will be awarded for their accomplishments at the annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals gala on February 28th, 2017.

Join me in congratulating Craig and all the Outstanding Principals of 2017!

Pictured (left to right): TDSB Director John Malloy, TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey, Principal Craig Howe, Trustee Pamela Gough, Superintendent Sandra Tondat

Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: February 3rd, 2017

Congratulations to John English Jr. Middle School's principal, Craig Howe, who has been chosen as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals by The Learning Partnership. Mr. Howe joins an elite group receiving this national recognition, which is given to principals who demonstrate innovation and have done something truly remarkable in public education.
The nomination says: "Craig uses technology to ignite learning... the school has adopted an inquiry approach to learning and a school culture where teachers are encouraged to use culturally relevant materials to respond to students' interests and needs... Under his leadership, John English has become the hub of the community."  
Mr. Howe and the other Outstanding Principals from across Canada will be celebrated with a gala dinner hosted by The Learning Partnership. He will also be honoured by trustees and Director John Malloy at the upcoming board meeting of the TDSB on February 8th.
Local Education News and Updates
  • Child care in schools: follow-up from January's ward meeting
  • City council plans to eliminate funding for school-based child care centres
  • Special education in high school- Feb. 7, 2017
  • TDSB Parent Academy comes to Second Street: Feb. 8, 2017
  • Sir Adam Beck: building child resilience- Feb. 13, 2017
  • Norseman: plans for school expansion- Feb. 22, 2017
  • Ward council March 2: TDSB budget and long-term program planning
News and Updates from TDSB's Education Centre 
  • African Heritage Month and Chinese Heritage Month celebrations
  • New TDSB Enhancing Equity initiative launched
  • PIAC school council appreciation dinner: Feb. 23, 2017
  • TDSB sustainability initiatives
News and Updates on Safe Routes to School

  • Wedgewood gets speed limit on Ashbourne lowered to 40 km/hr
  • Reducing school traffic problems: TDSB to partner with GCC

Read the full newsletter here. 


Childcare in Schools: An Evolving Partnership

Minutes for the January 19th, 2017 Ward Council meeting are now available. You can download a copy of the minutes here, and a copy of the presentation here.

I have also linked some additional items regarding Before and After School Programs, recently provided by The Ministry of Education. You can read the memo sent to Ontario Directors of Education here and the Policies and Guidelines outlined for Ontario School Boards here.

For past ward council meeting minutes, visit the Ward Council Meetings sidebar page.

Trustee Pamela Gough's Update: January 9th, 2017

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were restful and festive (the two don't always go together as all parents know) and wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2017. There are several matters on the horizon that have implications for early childhood education and child care, so we're going to focus the major part of this issue on them.


  • Ward 3 Council Meeting: Child Care in Schools - An Evolving Partnership
  • City Council to Eliminate Child Care Occupancy Grant in Schools
  • Ministry Education: Consultation of Early Years and Child Care Strategy
  • Predict My Future: "The Science of Us" Shows Importance of Early Years
  • Other News: TDSB Extended French Registration Now Open

Read the full newsletter here.

FSLAC Dec 2016 Newsletter

The French as a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC) has released their December 2016 newsletter

It has information on:

  1. Grade 4 & 7 Application Deadlines
  2. TDSB Library Anywhere, Anytime!
  3. Reading at Home – Quick Tips
  4. Welcoming English Language Learners in FSL
  5. Growth Mindset: Je Suis Capable
  6. Parent Survey: Special Education
  7. and more!

For past issues of the newsletter or for more information on French programming in Ward 3, visit the French Immersion Programs sidebar page

"How can I find out more about education funding in Ontario?"

Please see below for a link to a Ministry of Education Funding Technical Paper that offers an excellent glimpse into the many factors involved in funding schools boards in Ontario.


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Trustee Pamela Gough

Ward 3, Etobicoke-Lakeshore
5050 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
M2N 5N8

Tel: 416-395-8787

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