The Peel District School Board believes that no one deserves to be bullied and bullying is not acceptable. We teach students strategies to identify, deal with and stop bullying behaviour. Any form of bullying needs to be reported to the school immediately. School staff have an obligation to investigate behaviour which has a negative impact on teaching and learning.
On Jan. 22, 2013, Director of Education Tony Pontes announced a new action plan, The Journey Ahead, to transform the work of the Peel board in equitable hiring and promotion. The detailed action plan will help create a more diverse workforce at all levels of the organization. It is based on extensive research by an external firm with significant and specific expertise in the area of diversity hiring.
Noted Pontes, "It’s critically important that we immediately take action on the research report. We have developed and will implement The Journey Ahead: Our Action Plan for Equitable Hiring and Promotion in Peel. This detailed action plan directly addresses the findings from the research. It will ensure that our work in the area of equitable hiring and promotion is bias-free, deliberate, planned, systematic and consistent with our goals, policies and mission. The Journey Ahead action plan will transform the work of the Peel District School Board in equitable hiring." News release: The Journey Ahead action plan and research report - January 22, 2013 The Journey Ahead Action Plan
How parents can partner for student success in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment is detailed in a guide sent home to all Peel board parents. The brochure provides an overview of the board's $7 million investment in 21st century teaching and learning, and the information parents have said they need.
In addition to the brochure, a new BYOD parent page has been created at www.peelschools.org/byod. Details on the BYOD initiative, parent resources and the brochure in English and 10 of the board’s top languages are available on the site.
The guide was produced in partnership with the Peel board’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC). PIC supports, encourages and enhances meaningful parent involvement within schools and across the district to support student success.
Members of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters Alumni played a celebrity basketball game on Nov. 20 at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. They delivered anti-bullying messages to more than 5,000 grade 4 to 8 students students and staff.
The Peel board recognized Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week from Nov. 18 to 22, 2013. Following this year's theme, Choose Action, schools participated in different activities and initiatives to help spread the message that bullying is not tolerated.
Across the Peel board, schools use many programs and initiatives to prevent bullying and to intervene when bullying happens. Students are taught to:
• define bullying• identify forms of bullying• identify roles in bullying relationships, for example the person who bullies, the target, the bystander or the trusted advocate• identify strategies for addressing bullying
There are many ways to unlock student potential. Combining the use of technology with effective teaching practice, enriches the learning environment for all students, including those with special education needs.
For some of our special education students, computers and assistive technology help to enhance communication and promote greater independence, which leads to deeper curriculum connections and learning breakthroughs.
Our special education students have access to a variety of computer equipment and software that help enhance learning, including netbooks, headphones, microphones, and programs like Smart Ideas, Co-Writer and more.
Non-computer based assistive technology is also available to support special education students with sensory, hearing, vision and/or physical needs, including specialized communication devices, FM sound field systems and personal care equipment, among others. For more information about special education services, visit www.peelschools.org/parents/specialed, or ask about it at your school.