2017 Annual Report
Secondary Curriculum Services
The Secondary Curriculum Services Department intertwines Student Success and Pathways to support our schools with learning experiences that spark passion and bring together rewarding aspects of school life. This includes celebrating and driving student achievement and voice, designing and responding to teacher professional learning needs, and providing pathways that maximize “opportunity meets occupation.”
The secondary school experience really begins for students in the seventh grade. TLDSB intentionally plans for successful transitions to the high school to carry our students through the next six years. Plans include dedication to graduation and life after high school.
The most important aspect of the student experience is a student’s relationship with their teachers. There are five experiential opportunities that drive this, which include:
- Experiences that spark passion;
- Experiences that enrich lives;
- Experiences that build character and grow skills;
- Experiences that shape social change;
- and experiences that produce lifelong friends and memories.
We want to elevate the high-school experience, using purposeful learning to usher in a new era of education that prepares students for this century, not the last. We aim to provide a launching pad into a meaningful life for all of our students.
Spotlight – Cooperative Education
To Infinity, and Beyond
In 22 years, a great deal has happened. It was 1995 and future TLDSB students Pauline Carkner and Jesse Craig were still under the age of one. The TV series Home Improvement was in the middle of a 10-year run and “Tim the Tool Man Taylor” (Tim Allen) brought the skilled trades to primetime television while Bob Villa’s “This Old House” was the only home improvement show available. That same year, “Toy Story” was released and Allen’s voice of Buzz Lightyear coined the phrase ‘to infinity and beyond’ which proved prophetic for Pauline, Jesse, and many other early TLDSB apprentices. By 2017, both Pauline and Jesse would have their journeyperson ticket in iron work and electrical, and would be enjoying excellent careers in an industry that spawned an entire TV network dedicated to home improvement and countless websites. Our skilled trades graduates are absolutely headed to ‘Infinity and Beyond’.