At the Peel District School Board
, our mission is to inspire success, confidence and hope in each student. We all play a vital role in helping us achieve this mission. Together, we—our staff, students, parents and communities—have accomplished so much this school year to be proud of.
In the 2016-17 school year, incredible things happened when we shared our commitment to inspire success, confidence and hope.
This annual report provides a snapshot of our accomplishments and milestones from the 2016-17 school year. It has been organized based on the work we do to support the four goals of the Plan for Student Success.
We listened and created a new strategic plan for the board
After extensive consultation with staff, unions and federations, trustees, faith leaders, parents and students, the board introduced its new strategic plan for 2016-21, our Plan for Student Success
. The plan focuses our collective efforts to further student success, and aligns with the Ministry of Education's goals
, as well as the board's Mission, Vision and Values
The plan is comprised of four goals, which interconnect to achieve our mission to inspire success, confidence and hope in each student:
- High expectations for achievement
- Parent, community and staff engagement
- Equity and inclusion
- Safe, positive, healthy climate/well-being
Find out more about our Plan for Student Success.
We continue to set high expectations
Together, we set high expectations for staff and students to ensure all students achieve personal excellence.
We continue to #EngageMath
||The board's five-year comprehensive numeracy strategy, EngageMath, is built on three foundational drivers: instructional focus, instructional strategies and assessment practices. The work towards adapting our teaching methods to help students achieve success continues with EngageMath. |
Learn about our EngageMath strategy.
We have a shared responsibility
The board launched its vision for 21st Century Teaching and Learning called Empowering Modern Learners. Together, we recognize that we have a shared responsibility to inspire our modern learners to be active, critically engaged, global citizens.
In Spring 2017, teachers and administrators from each school attended training sessions to learnabout the Empowering Modern Learners vision and its innovative elements. In August 2017, staff from across the bo ard attended the Empowering Modern Learners conference, with keynote speaker Dr. Avis Glaze.
|Learn more about our Empowering Modern Learners vision. |
We worked towards creating safe, inclusive environments for all
We continue to build safe, positive, healthy climates for learning and working to nurture student and staff well-being.
We are committed to inclusion for all
In 2016-17, the Peel board committed to providing inclusive washrooms in all secondary schools and the HJA Brown Education Centre. The inclusive washrooms are a designated bathroom for students who need that place of safety.
During Bullying Prevention and Intervention Week in November, Peel schools and worksites participated in a campaign called #chooseACTION to be the difference to emphasize our commitment to stand up to bullying and harassing behaviours, and create safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for all.
Thousands of students from across the board pledged to #chooseAction and took part in Bullying Prevention and Intervention Week in a variety of ways including assemblies, student created anti-bullying videos, displays of pledges and week-long events. Over 700 posts were shared on social media from students, staff and schools.
The board also continued its review of staffing supports in Special Education Support Services.
We continue our work towards achieving equity and in clusion
With your support, our focus remains on achieving inclusion for all through continuous progress on equity. This also means that we continue to align all of our work on equity and inclusion with Ontario's Education Equity Action Plan and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)'s Calls to Action, including our 2016-17 projects:
Thank you for counting yourself in
With response from over 11,000+ staff members, Peel staff helped count themselves in for the board's first workforce census, Count Me in Peel!. The workforce census focused on three important areas to promote and enhance equity and inclusion in the board:
- paint a picture of who we are as a workforce community;
- identify strengths and barriers to equity and inclusion; and
- develop and implement plans and supports to address workplace equity.
Together, we will take action on 15 workplace equity recommendations based on the data collected from the workforce census.
Read more about the workforce census.
We continue to take the important and necessary steps to help rise together
We Rise Together – the board's action plan to support Black male students was released in October 2016 to identify, understand, minimize and eliminate the marginalization experienced by Black males in Peel board schools. Since then, the board held community forums and its inaugural leadership conference for Black male students.
Learn more about the We Rise Together action plan.
We united as a community
With support from staff, community partners and faith leaders, the board took a strong stance to support religious accommodations to ensure all students feel safe, welcomed and included. A Key Facts document was produced to help clarify some important facts about religious accommodation that were misinterpreted.
We continue to learn, together
During the 2016-17 school year, the Peel board launched the Strategic Action Plan for Indigenous Education. The Strategic Action Plan was created in response to Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. In order to address these Calls to Action, and build capacity within the school board to support Indigenous education, 15 schools were invited to join the Strategic Action Plan during the 2016-17 school year, an additional 13 schools were added in 2017-18. Collectively, these 28 schools represent every superintendent region in the Peel board.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action remains a commitment in our Plan for Student Success to achieve inclusion for all through continuous progress on equity. We continue to build a better understanding of our Indigenous communities among staff and students. In 2016-17, we strengthened this commitment by implementing daily acknowledgement of the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation in schools and at public meetings.
We encouraged parent, student and staff engagement for student success
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Together, we engage with staff, parents and communities to support student success.
We consulted and asked for feedback
After multiple public meetings and consultations, on Dec. 12, the board approved the Britannia Farm Master Plan Refresh, which recommended:
- student focused environmental and agricultural programs
- the establishment of landscape zones
- a development parcel (32 acres)
- phased public access in partnership with the City of Mississsauga.
View the approved Master Plan.
We supported those in need in the community and beyond
Together, we helped make a difference in the lives of our students, staff, families and communities by supporting those in need. In the 2016-17 school year, we supported:
- Red Cross Canada by raising over $130,000 for the families affected by the wildfire.
- Terry Fox Foundation and the Terry Fox School Run by raising $437,188.
- UNICEF famine relief fund by raising $21,525 in support of children and families in parts of Africa.
- United Way of Peel Region
Peel board EQAO, OSSLT results remain in line with provincial scores
EQAO scores increase significantly for grade 6 students with special education needs over the last five years .
At the Peel District School Board, most grade 3, 6 and 9 EQAO test scores and Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) scores remain in line with provincial results, which show steady rises in writing and reading for grades 3 and 6. EQAO scores for grade 6 students with special education needs have risen as much as 23 percent, in some areas, over the last five years.
Learn more about the EQAO results from the 2016-17 school year.
The Peel board calculated five-year graduation rate for the 2016-17 school year is 94 per cent. The graduation rate has continued to increase from 89 per cent in 2011-12. *Please note that the graduation rate is based on the Peel District School Board calculation method.
Click here to view our 2017-18 trustees
The Peel board trustees are responsible for determining policies and maintaining standards of excellence in education for Peel region students. The trustees approved a balanced, operating budget of $1.86 billion for the 2017-18 school year.
Board approves budget focused on delivering, "what our system deserves, what our students deserve," says Peel board chair Janet McDougald.
Learn more about the budget.
In 2016-17, the Peel District School Board grew in many fun and exciting ways. Together, we opened four new schools, celebrated over 22 school anniversaries and welcomed over 154,600 students.
We look forward to continue inspiring success, confidence and hope in each student.