We Rise Together Accountability Report sets 2017-18 actions, measurement to support Black male students
At the Regular Meeting of the Board on June 19, Peel District School Board trustees approved the We Rise Together Accountability Report, the board's year one action plan to support Black male students in the 2017-18 school year. The plan includes mandatory anti-Black racism and bias awareness training, the creation of an advisory council, an annual parent engagement event, resources to support Black mentorship programs in schools, and ongoing research to measure Black student achievement.
The board will host a community event at the HJA Brown Education Centre on Sept. 23, 2017, to share the We Rise Together Accountability Report and answer questions. More information will be shared in the fall. Click here to view the full We Rise Together Accountability Report.
Student Leadership Conference
Two hundred and fifty Black male students and allies in grades 7 to 12 attended the Peel District School Board's inaugural We Rise Together leadership conference on May 5, 2017, at Sheridan College Davis Campus. Community leader Justice Donald McLeod delivered the keynote address before students participated in workshop sessions and panel discussions led by Black men from various professions.
The Peel board held two community forums in December 2016 and January 2017 to gather feedback on its plan and is working on incorporating community input to develop a final plan, which will be shared with students, staff and the community.
Each forum featured a presentation, followed by breakout sessions where attendees had the opportunity to provide feedback on two of the four focus areas of the action plan:
- Integrate the experiences of black Canadians into curriculum
- Deliver anti-racism and bias awareness professional development
- Engage with the community
- Inspire black student leadership and engagement