The provincial government has launched its period for public consultation on education reform. The Upper Canada District School Board encourages parents, staff, students and community partners to take this opportunity to provide their insight.
“All UCDSB staff and trustees want our students to have curriculum that is strong and modern, and that will provide them with the skills they need to succeed in life – and we know through feedback that our students want that too,” says Chair Jeff McMillan. “This public consultation period is the chance for everyone who has a vested interest in public education to share their thoughts and opinions. The UCDSB Board of Trustees is planning to participate in these opportunities wherever possible, ensuring that the government hears our voice as locally elected officials who are prepared to work collaboratively with communities to maintain and enhance the value of public education in our part of rural Ontario.”
The public consultation period is open until December 15, 2018. The topics of discussion are as follows:
- how to improve student performance in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM);
- how our schools are preparing students with needed job skills;
- what more can be done to ensure students graduate with important life skills, like financial literacy; and
- how to build an updated and age-appropriate Health and Physical Education curriculum that includes subjects like sexual health education, mental health and the legalization of cannabis.
Those interested in participating in these consultations can do so three ways: via online submission form or by emailing [email protected] or [email protected]; through an online survey; or via telephone town halls. The form, survey and dates for the town halls can be found on the government’s website fortheparents.ca.