We Accomplish This By…

Identifying the strengths and needs of each student to provide appropriate programming.

Professional Learning Communities
Groups of educators came together regularly to look at student work, access research, and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.

Help for Disengaged Students
Enhanced supported programming was provided for at-risk students with the development of a menu of options to engage students in learning. There were 47 projects or programs provided to individuals or groups at 32 different schools.

TLDSB has 7 proficiency coaches certified in Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CAPS) so that selected students are supported to problem-solve in order to display more positive behaviours. There are 53 staff members that participated with students in assistive technology training for iPad users in grades 5 to 8. Forty-three staff from 19 schools participated in professional learning on the IPRC process and procedures.

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School days spent working in professional learning communities over the course of the school year by 41 elementary schools.
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Students who earned summer credits. There were 212 courses offered, and 148 credits earned in total (some were half credits).
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Over the course of the year, 1,162 students took advantage of cooperative education opportunities within the board.
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There were 11 programs offered through Georgian. Partnerships help us increase connections between colleges & secondary schools.
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There were 21 programs offered to TLDSB students through Fleming College, of which 15 are teams taught and six were college delivered.
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Five online presentations were made available to all elementary schools; four math and one Early Years numeracy presentation.

Supporting Innovation in the Classroom

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The Leaders 2 Learners Camp is a unique opportunity for teachers to participate in a professional learning community. TLDSB has partnered with York University to offer 25 hour certificate courses geared to current education theory and practice. All sessions are designed to support classroom practice. Seventy-three teachers participated in the camp.

Real Quotes from Secondary Students’ Writer’s Craft Course:

“One day I’m going to walk past a mirror and be scared of the stranger who slipped her way into my home.”

“I hate clingy people, which technically means I hate myself.”

“You can’t escape your thoughts; you can only postpone them.”

“I have my fair share of curiosity and I’ll keep being curious because I like learning. Learning about the hundreds of messiahs. The hundreds of fakes.”

“I loved that someone wanted me so badly. I had no idea it was all just a heist.”

“The branches of trees let go of their leaves after they’ve had their season. Why can’t I? I’m haunted by my past.”

“My anxiety was rolling around in my stomach and whispering in my ear: ‘You don’t want to go today.'”

“I and love and you and all these words get caught in my teeth and lungs and sting with resentment.”

Advancing New Technologies For Learning

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There were 136 students from 22 grade 8 classes that participated in cardboard boat races.
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‘Tech It Out’ skilled trades camp saw 108 students from grade 7 from 31 elementary schools.
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There were 108 Grade 7 students from 31 elementary schools participating in ‘Tech It Out’.
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There are 3,586 instructional iPads currently in use in our schools.
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There are 3,059 Chromebooks currently in use in our schools.
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There are currently 2,195 laptops in use in our schools.
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There are 3,078 desktops currently in use in schools and offices.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

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Number of devices supported through the guest network in schools and offices.
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There are at least 7,000 devices accessing the guest network at any given time during a school day.

Using Google Classrooms Across the District

Google Drive for TLDSB staff and students has resulted in:

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Google Drawings
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Google Forms
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Google Slides
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Google Sheets
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Google Docs
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File Uploads

Take a look at how technology is impacting our board:

A student decided to throw out his traditional paper multiplication flashcards, and code his own digital flashcards.

A teacher at Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School is now using Google Forms to discover what activities the class prefers and for student self-assessment.

A primary teacher uses coding and a ‘Makey Makey’ to show his students that poetry has rhythm with fruit machines.

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Classrooms are learning how to code in Trillium Lakelands District School Board.
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Classrooms have 15 Chromebooks that are available for student access all day, every day.
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Digital learning classrooms created in secondary schools.

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Advancing Design and Technology Skills Training

Providing Relevant and Timely Learning Opportunities

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Student competitors at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. There were students from Bobcaygeon Public School, Central Senior School, and Muskoka Falls Public School.
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There were 47 students from across the district that were signed as registered apprentices.
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Number of days that staff from 41 elementary schools met for professional learning community meetings.

Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum
There were 46 participants who reviewed the new curriculum and the sharing of consistent information around the human development and sexual health component. This helped to build understanding about the research supporting the content as well as instructional approaches for effective sexual health education. Implications for health instruction for students with special needs was considered as well as the opportunities for support from community partners.

Professional Development for Secondary Teachers
Over 600 secondary teachers and support staff participated in the Myron Dueck professional learning day “Grading Smarter, not Harder” which addressed the school board’s continuing shift to incorporate observation and conversation along with student product.

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Primary Summer Learning Program

There were 146 Summer Learning Program students at over seven locations; 54 grade 1 students, 38 grade 2 students, and 54 grade 3 students.

Learning Material in a Natural Environment

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The number of people who participated in ‘Take Me Outside to Learn’ in Muskoka, Haliburton, and Kawartha Lakes.
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The number of students who visited the Yearley Outdoor Education Centre, along with 54 teachers and 186 parent volunteers.

Take Me Outside to Learn

Families with young children were invited to come and explore the possibilities of learning outside. Children accompanied their parents on a morning self-guided walk through nature, visiting learning stations along the way. The event has been held in each area of the board over an 18 month period. An afternoon session was held for school board and community early years educators to consider pedagogy behind taking students outside for learning and connecting activities to the curriculum.

Yearley Outdoor Education Centre

Alongside a social media launch at the board’s outdoor education centre, a new program “Time Travellers” was introduced in addition to the usual grade 6 programming. Many new features can now be found around the facility including vermicomposting, a discovery shelf area in the farmhouse, an emphasis on reducing environmental footprints, nature names, and many visuals to keep visiting students engaged and learning all the time.

Enhancing the Arts in our Schools

Supporting the Well-being of All

TLDSB believes in innovation and collaboration for all. We also believe in supporting the well-being of all. Keep reading to find out more.

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