In 2018-19, the Peel District School Board grew in many innovative and exciting ways. We engaged with staff, families and communities, supported over 155,000 students, and through our board’s strategic plan, the Plan for Student Success, continued in our mission to achieve student success and well-being. Together, we made progress in all goal areas to inspire success, confidence and success in each student.
This annual report provides a snapshot of some of the accomplishments of schools and worksites from the 2018-19 school year.
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Together, we set high expectations for staff and students to ensure all students achieve personal excellence.Click on the projects/initiatives listed below to view highlights.
Schools continued the implementation of the Empowering Modern Learners (EML) vision through the Empowering Modern Learners: Teacher Leader program. This program built the capacity of over 300 site-based educators to guide and support the work of their colleagues through the provision of professional learning and resources that empower student voice and choice in learning. The Research and Accountability Department conducted surveys with all schools to evaluate the EML implementation process system-wide.
The board entered year five of its EngageMath strategy to continue to improve numeracy instruction in Peel classrooms. Staff were provided with resources to support students with special education needs, specifically communications classrooms in elementary and vocational programs at the secondary level. The board's Curriculum department continues to develop eModules to support staff learning.
EQAO test scores at the Peel District School Board continued to remain in line with the province, while grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) scores continued to rise above the provincial average.
In the 2018-19 school year, 101 schools and three outdoor education centres were certified EcoSchools. Seventy-nine schools participated in a waste program aimed at reducing food waste and 30 schools supported active transportation campaigns such as Walk & Roll to School, Winter Walk Day and Bike to School week. The board hosted its first student-to-student EcoConference at the HJA Brown Education Centre in April 2018. In June, a deputation by the EcoTeam of Camilla Road Senior Public School to Mississauga's Environmental Action Committee (EAC) resulted in the City declaring a climate emergency.
The board committed $400,000 to expand outdoor learning spaces for 51 schools. Additional funding was also allocated to the 2019 Camp SAIL program to help 315 students from grades 1 to 5 participate in the summer learning opportunity.
Glenforest Secondary School in partnership with the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) hosted Xplore STEM to inspire students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career paths and education. The conference was attended by more than 1,200 students from grades 8 to 12 across Canada.
To further support student councils, the board introduced the role of ambassadors at every secondary school to facilitate the sharing of information and student voice between the school, the board and the Peel Student Presidents' Council (PSPC). This role and function will continue to be developed throughout the 2019-20 school year.
Together, we engage with staff, parents and communities to support student success. Click on the projects/initiatives listed below to view highlights.
During Education Week from April 8 to 12, the board recognized 33 Award of Excellence recipients and over a thousand Award of Distinction recipients who made extraordinary, significant contributions to student success at their school/worksite and to public education in Peel. Peel schools also hosted a number of activities including open houses, plays/musicals, storytelling, environmental activities, awards assemblies, talent shows and much more. Student artwork was on display at the HJA Brown Education Centre.
On Nov. 3, 2018, more than 1,000 parents/guardians attended the annual Empowering Modern Learners Parent Conference . Families had the opportunity to be students for the day and explore learning "playgrounds" around Mississauga Secondary School .
At the Inaugural Meeting of the Board on Dec. 3, 2018, new and returning trustees signed oaths of office for a new four-year term as trustees. Trustees elected Stan Cameron, as chair of the board, and Sue Lawton, as vice-chair of the board, from Dec. 3, 2018 to Dec. 2, 2019.
In the 2018-19 school year, the board celebrated the official openings of Dolson , Tony Pontes and Whaley's Corners public schools. Two new schools were also named and welcomed into the Peel community: Pte. Buckam Singh Public School, named for Sikh-Canadian soldier, Buckam Singh, and Malala Yousafzai Public School, named for the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai.
The board approved a motion to recognize and celebrate Islamic Heritage Month in October, Hindu Heritage Month in November, Sikh Heritage Month in April and Jewish Heritage Month in May. At the Regular Meeting of the Board on June 19, 2019, trustees approved a motion to recognize and celebrate Indigenous Heritage Month in the month of November.
Through the board's United Way Giving Campaign, including Giving Day on Nov. 15, staff, students and families raised $190,664 for United Way Greater Toronto and the network of local, Peel social service agencies it supports.
Our We Welcome the World Centres welcomed and registered 7,835 newcomer students to the Peel community in the 2018-19 school year. The Peel District School Board has three Welcome Centres, in Brampton, Malton, and Mississauga to welcome families to Peel and register children for school.
With your support, our focus remains on achieving inclusion for all through continuous progress on equity.Click on the projects/initiatives listed below to view highlights.
The board is committed to accessibility, inclusion and equity for persons with disabilities and to fulfilling its obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). At the Regular Meeting of the Board on March 25, 2019, trustees approved the Accessibility Plan Status Report-2018, which provides an update on the board's Accessibility Plan.
Trustees approved a motion for the 2019-20 school year to recruit and hire Black and Indigenous educators, to further support the work of We Rise Together and the Indigenous Education action plans, and help enhance outcomes, minimize and eliminate the marginalization experienced by Black and Indigenous students.
On Feb. 22, 2019, the Peel Learning Foundation, a community-based, charitable organization, officially launched. The foundation will enable Peel board students to achieve personal excellence by providing resources to help them overcome barriers related to poverty.
The board created a long-term action plan – Focus on Poverty, Supporting Students and Families – to help provide equity of educational opportunities and outcomes to students living in poverty based on eight indicators outlined in the Peel board’s Poverty Indicators Report . The Focus on Poverty Year One Action Plan sets the initial specific actions the board will engage in from January 2019 to June 2020 that will be monitored and measured to inform the next phase.
The board completed year three of its Strategic Action Plan for Indigenous Education. The second Indigenous Student Gathering was held for elementary and secondary schools. The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation flag was raised at all schools and board offices throughout the month of June in recognition of National Indigenous History Month.
In November 2018, the Peel board launched its first Student Census in all school to gain a better understanding of Peel students and school communities. The census findings will help better understand student populations, identify barriers to student success, well-being and inclusion and reallocate resources to where they are needed most.
In the 2018-19 school year, the board made progress on its We Rise Together Action Plan to support Black students through events, training and course offerings. Over 1,000 students attended the third annual We Rise Together Leadership Conference, and 200 female students attended the first annual Kuumba STEAM Conference.
School staff continue to build cultural competencies and integrate Black experiences into the curriculum with the support of resources and a teacher symposium. In the 2018-19 school year, six secondary schools offered the Black studies course and 12,250 staff members participated in full system We Rise Together training. In Spring 2019, Dr. Carl James released a We Rise Together Report based on findings from focus groups conducted in May and June of 2018 which continues to inform the direction of the We Rise Together Action Plan.
We continue to build safe, positive, healthy climates for learning and working to nurture student and staff well-being.Click on the projects/initiatives listed below to view highlights.
In November 2018, schools engaged in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week and learned about ally-ship and how to "#ChooseACTION to be an Ally" as a way to stop bullying and build healthy relationships.
The board continued to support student well-being through the implementation of the Everyday Mental Health resource and the Mentally Healthy Classroom resource. Training continued in suicide prevention, postvention and intervention, mindfulness and self-regulation, and with student mental health leaders in the Yes4MentalHealth workshops with Peel Public Health. The deployment of five Mental Health Resource clinicians provides direct student well-being support for schools.
The board continues to train staff in restorative practices, which promotes inclusiveness, relationship-building, problem solving, and conflict resolution in schools. This year, over 350 educators in 54 schools were trained.
The board began implementation of its revised Safe and Accepting Schools policy (Policy 48). This included the implementation of operating procedures for: dress code, code of conduct, progressive discipline, bullying prevention and intervention, trespass to property, student transfer by superintendent and suspension and expulsion procedures, with a continued strong focus on student safety, equity and inclusion, and student well-being.
The board demonstrated its commitment to safe, inclusive spaces by raising the Pride flag at all Peel schools and work locations during the month of June. The board also held its You Are Not Alone (YANA) conference for middle and secondary schools. Day of Pink was celebrated in April, a day aimed to stop homophobic and transphobic bullying and discrimination.
The board developed a Staff Wellness Committee to help nurture and promote staff well-being, and establish wellness strategies and resources for staff.
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