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Message from the Board Chair - June 13, 2018
Message from the Board Chair - June 13, 2018


June 13, 2018

As trustees, listening is one of the most important things that we do. To best serve the needs of our communities, we need to listen to the voices of our students, families and partners and to understand their priorities, challenges and how they experience our education system.

Earlier this year, trustees reviewed the Multi-Year Strategic Plan. This plan sets the direction and guides decision making in the Board. Community input was an important part of this process, and a great opportunity to meet with and listen to students, staff, families and community partners.

Through the five Town Hall meetings, the online survey and people reaching out to their trustees, we received over 2,000 responses. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts and experiences with us. I am pleased to share a summary of that feedback. We carefully reviewed the feedback and it has informed our planning. We look forward to sharing a revised plan in the coming months.

I also want to thank everyone who attended the community consultations on anti-Black racism, classism, antisemitism and Islamophobia. These were very important conversations. The information collected will inform our work moving forward to ensure we are meeting the diverse needs of all of our learners. We are pleased to share the findings from the anti-Black racism and classism consultations, and look forward to publishing the summary of findings from the antisemitism and Islamophobia sessions once the consultation reports are complete.

Thank you to the Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee for organizing these community conversations, and thank you again to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts and experiences with us.

Working together, we will continue to provide welcoming, inclusive learning environments that enable all of our students to succeed.

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