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Trustee Ward Forum

Ward 8 Forum

The purpose of the Ward Forum is to network and build relationships among school communities in the ward with their trustee and superintendent; to share information and to discuss the needs and issues of common concern to the school communities in the ward; and to act as a forum for school community consultation and input on educational policies, programs and service


1. Parent representative and alternate from each school

2. Superintendent(s)

3. Ward Trustee

4. FSLAC representative and alternate

5. PIAC (Parent Involvement Advisory Committee) representative and alternate

6. Student Council representatives, Principals and Vice-Principals, and other parents are welcome

Responsibility of Parent Representatives 

1. Act as a link between the local school council/community and the Ward Council by consulting and reporting back

2. Attend and participate in regularly scheduled meetings 

Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Tuesday May 7, 2024, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm - Virtual Ward 8 Forum


School Building in Toronto: Where Are We Now?

As communities continue to grow and intensify, accommodation pressures continue to emerge at local public schools when faced with increasing enrolment. TDSB staff will speak to how the studies in the Board’s Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy and Secondary School Review will mitigate these challenges; City Councillors will speak to their role; the Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) will speak to how they support TDSB planning and development; Superintendents will speak to how we are managing and I will speak to our advocacy with the province regarding capital funding.
With special guests Andrew Gowdy, TDSB System Planning Officer and Daniel Castaldo, TDSB Senior Manager, Planning, City Councillor Mike Colle, Ward 8 Eglinton-Lawrence and City Councillor Josh Matlow, Ward 12 Toronto-St. Paul’s along with Yvonne Choi, TLC Director of Planning and Matt Bagnall, TLC Senior Planner.
How to Join the Virtual Ward Forum

If you are interested in participating, please Register Online or


Thursday February 1, 2024 - Virtual Ward Forum  



Vocabulary Building sequence of lessons - Grade 8
Presentation Davisville-Spectrum - Reading Instruction
Presentation Mathematics Action Plan

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Please join me and Superintendents Felsen, Howard & Pividor for Ward 8 PIAC Elections at 6:30 followed by a conversation on Numeracy and Literacy in our classrooms.

Educators will share how they embed explicit instruction of evidence-based strategies in their classrooms centered on the Science of Reading and the TDSB Early Reading Framework. In alignment with the priorities in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan, teachers will share how they strive to create learning experiences that support the acquisition of foundation reading skills (e.g., phonemic awareness, phonological awareness, phonics decoding) through a comprehensive literacy framework. (Lauren Viner, Grade 1/2 French Immersion Teacher/Susan Johnson, Grade 1/2 at Davisville Jr Public School)

Beginning with a focus on morphology patterns (Greek and Latin roots), strategies include guided explorations. In the intermediate grades students are expected to use acquired words flexibly across various contexts, including science. Students in the activities that will be shared are given opportunities to lead word inquiries and present them to their peers for a deeper understanding of word structures and meanings. (Mirela Ciobanu, Grade 8 Teacher at Bessborough Drive Elementary and Middle School)

The TDSB's Math Achievement Action Plan (Denise Humphreys, System Superintendent, Mathematics)



Tuesday October 3 - Virtual Joint MYSP Ward Forum 2023-2027

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MYSP Virtual Joint Forum Flyer

Older Meeting Agendas and Minutes

June 5, 2023 - Joint Virtual Ward Forum - Budget

Presentation Material

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May 16, 2023 - School Building in Toronto: Where are we now?

Meeting Notes -  Pending

Presentation Material

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March 2, 2023 - What Does Hate Look Like?

Meeting Notes - Pending

Presentation Material

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December 14, 2022 - Right to Read Report & PIAC Elections

Meeting Notes

Presentation Material

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May 19, 2022 - Education Day(s) in TDSB Ward 8 - Virtual Candidate Debates

Submit your questions here.


May 12, 2022 - Joint Ward 8 & 9 Forum - School Building in Toronto: Where are we now? 


Joint Ward Forum Slide Deck

March 7, 2022 - Combatting Hate: How Educators Can Use Resources to Address Equity, Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression 


Meeting Notes

November 18, 2021 - PIAC/FSLCAC Elections and Combating Hate


Meeting Invitation

Meeting Notes

Presentation Materials

August 9, 2021 - Return to School


Meeting Notes

May 31, 2021 - Ward 8 & 9 Joint Virtual Forum 'School Building in Toronto: Where Are We Now?'

Presentation - Long Term Program & Accommodation Strategy (Ward 8 & 9)

March 11, 2021 - Ward 8 Virtual Ward Forum 'Student Mental Health & Well-Being During COVID' (featuring a presentation by Shameen Sandhu, System Leader of Mental Health and Professional Support Services)

Presentation - Mental Health & Well-Being During COVID

January 21, 2021 - Ward 8 Virtual Ward Forum ‘Parent/Caregiver Engagement’

Presentation - Parent Caregiver Engagement

November 12, 2020 - Ward 8 Virtual Ward Forum 'Equity'

Presentation - Equity Conversations (Understanding Terms & Terminology)