Educational Assistant

As the semester draws to a close, we look ahead to the opportunities and challenges that await us in semester two. I have recently received an update from our senior team on their responsibilities in the 2014-2015 Strategic Plan. Although this update is only a small snapshot of the tremendous accomplishments in classrooms, schools, and offices across the system, I am overwhelmed by how much we have achieved so far this year, and I look forward to sharing our progress as part of our mid-year update in the next couple of weeks.

Each year, as we transition into a new school year or a new semester in TLDSB, we revisit our allocation and placement of Educational Assistants.  Using the financial and human resources that are available, a group of principals and central office staff work diligently to assign Educational Assistants to schools as equitably as possible. This team has to take into consideration the budget allocation, collective agreements, new students, and new special needs of students. On behalf of our schools, I’d like to offer a special thank you to all those who will be working on this process over the coming weeks. Educational Assistant allocation is a process that is both ongoing and responsive.

As we begin to think ahead for the second half of the year, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our schools for the work that you are undertaking to enhance communication between home and school.  I’m amazed at the number of social media feeds we have in TLDSB.  Judging by the feedback we’re receiving, more and more parents and community members are coming to depend on various forms of social media to find out about activities and events happening in their school.  I’m excited to share that we will begin using a tool called Peachjar in the coming days, and I encourage everyone to check out their school websites for the Peachjar link to learn more about upcoming events.

Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say thank you to our parents and School Councils for their ongoing commitment to supporting student achievement and well-being across the system.  When I carry out formal school visits, I often have an opportunity to meet with School Council Chairs or Co-Chairs.  What’s clear to me in every one of these opportunities is the passion and enthusiasm our School Councils have toward making their school a great place for the students we all serve.  As we strive to continue to increase public confidence in what we do in TLDSB, the work of our Councils contributes on so many levels and is very much appreciated.

All the best for the second half!

Larry
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Larry Hope
Director of Education