2017 Annual Report
Trillium Lakelands District School Board encourages lifetime learning for all ages. Students age 16 and over can earn credits or upgrade skills in any of our six Alternate Education and Training Centres (AETC), and in a flexible environment. Our Alternate Education and Training Centres are located in Bracebridge, Fenelon Falls, Gravenhurst, Haliburton, Huntsville and Lindsay.
We offer a variety of programs including day, night and summer school. Academic upgrading including the Literacy Basic Skills program, PLAR credits, and Return, Earn and Learn (R.E.A.L.) credits. Other options include Co-operative Education, Dual Credits, Online Courses and Virtual Learning.
Spotlight – The Student Experience
Graduation is an exciting time at the AETCs. Each site holds their own graduation and the valedictorian speeches are filled with powerful stories demonstrating
perseverance and a strong desire for a better future.
Students who attend the AETCs have two options for credit accumulation. In Day School students focus on a single credit at a time and attend daily for set blocks throughout the school year. A more flexible model called “REAL” or “Return, Earn and Learn” is a continuous intake model, (meaning students can start at any time during the school year) where students have the opportunity to work at their own pace within a set time limit to earn credits through course work or Co-op.
Personal Support Worker
The AETCs in partnership with the Community Training and Development Centre deliver the Personal Support Worker Course at the LAETC. Students enrolled in this program are working towards the successful completion of the PSW Certificate. Students who have not yet graduated have the opportunity to complete credits which will count towards the successful completion of their OSSD.
Central East Correctional Centre
The AETCs operate a school at the Central East Correctional Centre. Students attend classes, earn REAL credits or participate in on-site Co-op credit opportunities working in jobs at the Marker Plant, laundry, or kitchen facilities.
Challenge PLAR is for students who are still enrolled at a secondary school and believe that they have the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully challenge a credit. Students apply to challenge a credit and are then assigned a teacher who provides them with various assignments to complete independently followed by a culminating task or exam. Students who are successful with the challenge have this credit added to their transcript. For example, this is used by students who have participated in an exchange program to earn a senior language credit, among others.
During the 2016-2017 school year the only night school offering was Co-operative Education. In night school Co-op students can work in paid or unpaid jobs to earn credits. Students must complete pre-placement assignments, 100 hours of job placement as well as complete a culminating task in order to earn their credit.
This year, summer school had co-operative education running in all areas of the board. Students from HHS, BMLSS, GHS, FFSS, LCVI, IEW and the AETC participated, as well as students from five other school boards. New this year, students had the opportunity to earn a 2 credit co-op and this was very popular with 50 students taking advantage of this opportunity. The two credit summer co-op provides students the opportunity to earn sufficient hours to go towards a SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) designation.
Literacy Basic Skills Program
Funded through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, the Literacy Basic Skills program uses the OALCF (Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework). The OALCF has six competencies that learners work towards which are: Find and Use Information; Communicate Ideas and Information; Understand and Use Numbers; Use Digital Technology; Manage Learning and Engage with Others. Students exit the program after successful completion of milestones. During the 2016-2017 school year (the LBS calendar actually runs April – March so this is a compilation of data) the following milestones were achieved:
Virtual Learning Centre
The Virtual Learning Centre delivers a full range of high quality eLearning courses to an increasingly diverse range of secondary school students. VLC staff work in
partnership with TLDSB secondary schools to increase course options and provide alternate pathways to graduation for students. Services are also provided to a
significant number of student from outside the district. eLearning in TLDSB has been growing steadily. In 2014-15 the total number of credits awarded was 1749,
while in 2016-17 it was 1864. Professional learning at the VLC has been focused on effective assessment practices linked with quality teaching and learning. We are
working on increasing our course retention rates by focussing on continual improvement of instructional practices.
Moving forward, we will continue to act as difference makers and life changers, and share the possibilities that an alternate education setting provides. We will also:
✓ Promote the value of the AETC and CTCC schools / programs and work to educate people about why the work that we do matters.
✓ Promote the belief that “alternate” students matter.
✓ Continue to find ways to provide Alternate Programming for students in Grades 9 & 10.
✓ Work with our community high schools to allow staff PD opportunities.
✓ Continue to develop and enhance the quality of curriculum materials provided to our students including looking at different methods of assessment.
✓ Promote PLAR within our communities and ensure a consistent 1-1 assessment approach is used at all sites.
✓ Look for funding sources to support a nutrition program in the day treatment CTCC classrooms.
✓ Continue to be an active participant in the EDU funded CRPAE (Central Region Partnership for Adult Education) accessing funding for staff PD, program development and as a voice for Adult Education province wide.