Transitioning from COVID-19 COVID-19 disproportionately affected communities. We need to apply what we have learned from the disruption to teaching and learning over the past two years to ensure equitable outcomes for students through TDSB’s Pandemic Recovery Plan.
Student achievement We owe it to our students to support their academic success as well as their mental health and well-being. An emphasis on safe, caring and healthy schools will support student success.
Improving allocation of resources Differentiated funding is key to removing barriers for students traditionally underserved. We must review the budget with this lens to provide effective programs for all students to thrive.
Combatting hate We must redouble efforts that support educators to respond effectively to help students better understand their rights as humans, both individually and as a society, and better understand racism and intolerance. We have the responsibility to educate against hate.
Parent and community engagement It is essential we invite parents/caregivers and the community to discuss issues, provide advice and contribute to decisions facing students, schools and the board. Through dialogue we can enrich student experiences and strengthen school programs.
Strengthening human resources It is the people in our schools who make the difference; all it takes is one caring adult to turn a student’s life around. More adults in our buildings are needed at all levels – vice-principals, teachers, education workers.
Successful planning for school space and infrastructure Innovative approaches are needed to provide additional school spaces, repair and replace aging school infrastructure to ensure AODA compliance, improve school buildings and grounds, increase needed childcare and expand the community use of schools.
A systematic review of all policies is important to ensure that they are relevant and support TDSB's equity goals through consultation that gathers public input. Good policy is nonpartisan.
It is critical that students receive environmental education in order to be prepared to respond appropriately to the climate crisis. As an early supporter of EcoSchools, I continue to support TDSB's initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint and adapt to climate change.
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