Strategic Direction

Strategic Plan | 2022-2027

Dear TLDSB Community,

I am excited to share the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan for Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB). In fall 2021, we asked students, parents/guardians, staff, and community partners to identify the priorities in education over the next five years. The feedback gathered has helped us build a strategic plan that is meaningful and reflects what is important to our communities. The new strategic plan is focussed on further improving student achievement, fostering staff and student well-being, and building stronger parent/guardian and community partnerships in safe, caring, and equitable working and learning environments.

TLDSB is committed to a future where students develop the competencies, understandings, self-confidence, and resiliency to lead healthy, successful, and fulfilling lives, where equity, achievement, and well-being are interconnected, and where we are all empowered to have a positive impact on others, our communities, and the environment. I trust that you will see our unwavering commitment reflected in the TLDSB 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. This plan provides the framework to achieve our goal to support students, staff, and the wider TLDSB community standing by our mission – better together in a safe and caring learning community.

I look forward to continuing to work together.

Wes Hahn
Director of Education

Mission

Better together in a safe and caring learning community.

Guiding principles

  • We are a learning organization.
  • We support student achievement and well-being.
  • We support staff learning and well-being.
  • We value equity and inclusion.
  • We are committed to environmental stewardship.

Introduction

Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) is committed to understanding and meeting the learning needs of all students.

This broadly-defined plan with two strategic goals is aimed at creating a future where students develop the competencies, understandings, self-confidence, and resiliency to lead healthy, successful, and fulfilling lives. Equity, achievement, and well-being are interconnected, and the Board believes that when barriers to equity and inclusion are removed, we can all have a positive impact on others, our communities, and the environment, along with achieving personal success.

Together, students, staff, and our community recognize the value of working and learning together.

Goal 1: In order to be successful in our mission, we must support meaningful learning and success for all.

For students, we will:

1.1 Ensure our practices engage all students in learning that is authentic, meaningful, and relevant to a successful and healthy life.

1.2 Develop and thoughtfully implement classroom and school practices that serve our most vulnerable and marginalized students.

1.3 Deepen student understanding of multiple pathways.

1.4 Maintain high expectations for learning and ensure students have the support to achieve them.

1.5 Focus our efforts on improving students’ critical thinking abilities so they can more effectively solve problems, self-advocate, and self-regulate.

For staff, we will:

1.6 Engage staff in meaningful professional learning that is role-specific, job-embedded, student-centred, and practical in order to support the priorities of this plan.

1.7 Engage staff in opportunities to develop powerful, specific, and manageable strategies to support our most vulnerable and marginalized students.

1.8 Maintain high expectations and ensure staff have the support to successfully meet them.

For our community, we will:

1.9 Learn from families, trustees, community agencies, and businesses about what constitutes meaningful learning and success for all students.

1.10 Provide regular and clear communication, recognizing the pivotal role families and communities play in each student’s success.

Goal 2: In order to be successful in our mission, we must create learning environments and experiences that foster equity, inclusion, and belonging.

For students, we will:

2.1 Create physically and emotionally safe, healthy learning environments for all students.

2.2 Ensure supports are in place to address, prevent, and respond to incidents of bullying and exclusion.

2.3 Encourage and actively listen to student voice regularly to ensure students are heard and valued.

2.4 Centre student experiences to ensure all students feel accepted, comfortable, and that their individual needs are being met and supported.

2.5 Recognize and celebrate the strength that comes from the diversity of our students’ identities and experiences, ensuring that students see themselves in the curriculum and all learning experiences.

2.6 Provide experiences that help students connect and engage in school life.

For staff, we will:

2.7 Create healthy and positive working environments that recognize the significant emotional and physical energy staff bring to their work.

2.8 Support the pivotal role staff play in creating equitable and inclusive learning environments and experiences.

2.9 Encourage staff voice and thoughtfully act upon what we hear to ensure staff feel heard and valued.

2.10 Collaborate so that every staff member feels part of a team, working together to support the individual needs of students in more equitable and inclusive learning environments.

For our community, we will:

2.11 Recognize the value of working and learning together.

2.12 Develop and strengthen relationships with all families and community members, particularly those who have been historically and are presently marginalized.

2.13 Learn from the wisdom of families and community members, particularly those who have been historically and are presently marginalized, and thoughtfully act upon what we hear to ensure they feel heard and valued as important partners in student achievement and success.

Our commitments that will guide the implementation of the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan:

Adopt and maintain an open-to-learning stance

We will learn from and with each other to support student success and well-being.

Monitor our impact

We will ensure our actions have a significant positive impact through strong governance and leadership, powerful and focused School Improvement Equity Plans, and student-centred approaches to instruction, assessment, and classroom environments.

Universalize and differentiate

We will take two approaches simultaneously by providing universal, cohesive direction for all members of our community as well as differentiating the focus, supports, and strategies to meet diverse individual, school, and community contexts.

Unwavering commitment

We will remain committed to student achievement and well-being while continuing to be agile and adjust as we learn.

How do we measure our goals?

The strategic goals and commitments outlined in this plan guide and support the direction for our system for 2022-2027. It is through each School Improvement and Equity Plan and the Board Improvement and Equity Plan that measurable strategic goals and key performance indicators are identified and monitored.

Strategic Plan

The framework that guides TLDSB’s strategic directions, priorities, and commitments as a learning organization.

Board Improvement and Equity Plan (BIEP)

Identifies the board’s measurable goals and the strategies to achieve them. This plan supports and guides the strategic actions of TLDSB as a learning organization.

School Improvement and Equity Plans (SIEP)

Identifies the school’s measurable goals and the strategies to achieve them. These plans focus on improving student achievement and well-being outcomes.

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