I have had the opportunity to experience an amazing learning opportunity in HWDSB this week!
On Wednesday, we had our System Leader’s Day. Over 400 educators and service department leaders gathered to discuss how we are implementing our Strategic Directions: Achievement Matters, Engagement Matters, Equity Matters and our Annual Operating Plan: Knowing our Students, Knowing our Staff, Knowing our Parents and Communities.
The purpose of this session was to explore how we will strengthen our learning community through collaborative inquiry. Everyone in HWDSB is asked to engage in the process where we determine our students’ learning needs and we then determine what capacity our staff needs in order to effectively respond to our students. Once we determine our focus, educators can then engage in a process of planning based upon the information they know about their students, acting which is about instruction, assessing which means we understand how our students have responded to the instruction, and reflecting which means we learn from our experience and we collaboratively plan next steps with our colleagues. This collaborative cycle happens continuously in every school in HWDSB.
Our service departments are considering how their work is directly impacting student achievement. Their focus is to examine a proceess that may need to be adjusted in order to serve our system more effectively, and to determine what capacity is needed to implement this new process.
The energy in the room was amazing as our leaders learned together! One principal shared with me that her passion for serving our students and staff grows everytime she has the opportunity to learn with her colleagues at an event like this one.
If you are interested in learning more, here is my opening presentation from that day:
My question is how can we enhance our learning organization for everyone in HWDSB: students, staff and parents! What steps should we take? What would it look like?
In my next blog, I would like to talk with you about a student leadership forum we held in HWDSB this week…..I learned some important insights and it left me with a few questions!!