As the Toronto District School Board Trustee for Willowdale (WARD 12), My role is to maintain a focus on Student Achievement and Well-Being and to participate in making decisions that benefit the entire school district while representing your interests.
I also communicate the views and decisions of the board back to parents, guardians and students and let you know how I am supporting schools, children and communities. I belong to a number of Board committees and community advisory committees. For a full list of all trustee committees and their mandates please go to the TDSB website.
To be an effective and meaningful advocate on your behalf I need to hear from you directly, meet with you whenever possible and involve you in the process of making the TDSB a better school board for everyone.
PUBLIC EDUCATION IS FOR EVERYONE. Our publicly funded schools belong to all of us, and your voice is critical to ensuring we maintain an accountable and transparent system.
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Discussion Paper on EQAO and Large Scale Testing in Ontario
This discussion paper provides a number of recommendations about changes to the current EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office) and large scale testing in the province of Ontario.
I am a strong advocate for meaningful change to the current EQAO testing methods and I support many of of the recommended changes.
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce the release of its most recent Discussion Paper: EQAO and Large Scale Testing in Ontario.
Guided by OPSBA’s 2013-2014 strategic priorities, which included a commitment to promote 21st Century Education, the Education Program Work Team launched a survey in November 2013 to gather input from member boards related to EQAO assessments and large scale testing.
The Discussion Paper summarizes the survey results, identifies key themes and issues for consideration when examining the future of large scale testing and proposes a series of recommendations. The conclusions drawn in the Discussion Paper, based on the survey findings, reflect OPSBA’s official position on EQAO testing.
We sincerely thank the members of our Education Program Work Team for their dedication to this three-year long project and to the many trustees and school board senior staff who participated in the initial survey and provided their invaluable feedback throughout the process.
It is hoped that this document will inspire and encourage much needed dialogue on this issue among our education partners in the Province.
Special Education Plan
Each school board is required to maintain a Special Education Plan. This plan is reviewed on an annual basis to ensure it meets current needs. Amendments are submitted to the Ministry of Education for review (Regulation 306).
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Special Education Plan focuses on students and recognizes the unique linguistic, cultural and racial diversity of Toronto schools and communities. The TDSB is committed to the development and implementation of effective special education programs and services that respond to student needs. Special Education is included in the TDSB Integrated Equity Framework Action Plan 2016-2019 and supports the Director of Education’s strategy for improving school effectiveness outlined in A Vision for Learning in TDSB. Special Education resources and services are directed to the schools in order to provide challenging and enriching learning opportunities for students with a wide range of abilities.