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Improving School Effectiveness

As Canada’s largest school board, we are always working to improve so that all students, staff, parents/guardians and members of the community feel connected, involved and supported. In September 2016 we introduced a new strategy to improve the effectiveness of our schools, make us more responsive to the needs of our communities, and increase student achievement and well-being.

Learning Centres

As part of the new strategy, all TDSB schools feed into one of four Learning Centres, which are hubs where staff collaborate and share resources. Each Learning Centre is staffed by:

  • Learning coaches who will provide extra support for teachers in the classroom
  • Twelve superintendents, led by an executive superintendent
  • Staff from the TDSB’s professional support services department, including psychologists, social workers and counsellors

Learning centres are closely connected to the schools they support and serve the needs of school staff, students and parents/guardians. The learning centres:

  • Provide classroom teachers with extra support
  • Allow staff to better identify and respond to the learning needs of students
  • Improve communication with parents/guardians
  • Make it easier for students, parents/guardians and the community to navigate the system
  • Help resolve any issues or concerns in a more timely manner
  • Ensure that all students across the TDSB have equitable access to programs and services

Superintendents of Education:

Lists By School, Ward and Learning Centre (effective October 1, 2020)

Learning Centre 1

  • Vicky Branco
  • John Chasty
  • Leila Girdhar-Hill
  • Andrew Howard
  • Denise Humphreys - (Interim)
  • Lorraine Linton

Learning Centre 2

  • Elizabeth Addo
  • Ian Allison
  • Helen Fisher 
  • Courtney Lewis
  • Louie Papathanasakis
  • Audley Salmon

Learning Centre 3

  • Shirley Chan
  • Liz Holder - (Interim)
  • Kurt McIntosh - (Interim)
  • Diana Panagiotopoulos
  • Sheryl Robinson Petrazzini
  • Kerry-Lynn Stadnyk

Learning Centre 4

  • Debbie Donsky
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Tracy Hayhurst
  • Mary Linton - (Interim)
  • Nadira Persaud
  • Marc Sprack

Learning Centres PDF

"Our vision is that despite the size of Canada’s largest school system, the TDSB can act and feel local when our schools are well-supported and highly responsive and our parents and communities are more connected."
-- John Malloy - Director of Education


"While the Board will continue to be guided by a strong central governance structure and central administration support, Learning Centres will offer a more responsive, flexible and localized support to schools that will have a direct impact on classroom instruction and student achievement."
-- Robin Pilkey - Chair of the Board


Vision for Learning Document


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