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School Plan for Continuous Improvement 334
School Plan for Continuous Improvement
Director's Annual Plan

The York Region District School Board has a history of promoting strong literacy and numeracy skill development, which are anchors to success in school and life. To align with Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education i​n Ontario, our YRDSB goals broadened to include student achievement and well-being.

This year’s Director’s annual plan is built upon three clear focus areas for improvement: modern learning, math and mental health. These areas support the goals of Achieving Excellence and the Trustee's Multi-Year Plan. The three focus areas are underpinned by the foundational practices of leadership, innovation and equity and are guided by the Board's Mission, Vision and Values.​

Focus on Empowering Students Through Modern Learning

Modern learning is authentic, relevant, deep learning that enables learners to create, to connect, to communicate and to share their learning with the world and to be future ready. 

To improve student achievement and well-being we will:

  • Increase opportunities to engage students in authentic inquiry that is connected to their interests and strengths.
  • Increase opportunities for student voice to be heard in order to build equitable and inclusive school cultures.
  • Provide professional learning to build the capacity of staff.
  • Promote the mindsets of innovation, growth, character and community as foundational to digital and global citizenship.
  • Promote collaborative leadership to engage stakeholders in moving towards a culture and mindset of modern learning.
  • Engage parents and community as partners in the move towards modern learning.

Focus on Building Student Success in Mathematics

As YRDSB’s Frame for Effective Instruction in Mathematics outlines, successful outcomes are built through commitment, planning, effective assessment, responsive instruction, strong relationships and the engagement of all students. 

To improve student achievement and well-being we will:

  • Engage students as co-learners in achieving success in mathematics
  • Commence implementation of YRDSB’s Comprehensive Mathematics Program.
  • Promote balance in the implementation of the mathematics’ program to support the development of strong problem-solving skills.
  • Promote the integration of digital tools and assistive technologies as supports for learning in mathematics.
  • Provide staff with professional learning to support collaborative inquiries in mathematics.
  • Engage parents as partners in students’ mathematical learning.

Focus on Supporting Positive Mental Health

The York Region District School Board's mental healthy strategy has four priorities: Reducing Stigma; Supporting Understanding and Building Capacity; Developing Mentally Healthy Environments; and Creating Collaborative Care Pathways.

To improve student achievement and well-being we will:

  • Promote resiliency in our students and foster welcoming, supportive communities.
  • Implement a systemic stigma reduction campaign for schools and workplaces.
  • Continue to support the implementation of a scaffolded approach to building capacity regarding mental health awareness, mental health literacy and mental health expertise.
  • Promote and implement evidence-based practices for building mentally healthy working and learning environments.
  • Support the training and implementation of the LivingWorks Suicide Prevention programs and participate in the development of a Community Suicide Intervention Protocol for York Region.
  • Support the development and implementation of the community plan for the delivery of mental health services and supports in York Region with the MCYS Lead Agency, Kinark Child and Family Services.
  • Reinforce ongoing YRDSB work in well-being via the YRDSB Well-Being Steering Committee which will:
    • continue to develop strategies to address issues of bullying, cyberbullying and substance misuse and abuse;
    • provide supports for positive student character development and good citizenship;
    • continue to support schools and workplaces in their planning for Healthy, Caring and Safe environments.
  • Engage parents and the community in supporting the well-being of our students.​


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