Author Archives: John Malloy

Literacy, numeracy, creativity and critical thinking

I often hear the concern that our focus on Literacy and Numeracy in the province of Ontario is too narrow and that it hinders our students’ creativity or their ability to develop critical thinking skills. I have never understood this … Continue reading

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Student Achievement and Positive School Climate

Our primary goal in HWDSB is to improve student achievement and well-being. This improvement takes place through effective instruction and appropriate intervention informed by assessment AND a positive school climate that is safe, equitable, inclusive, and that promotes positive mental … Continue reading

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Equity,voice, and leadership……

Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the relationship between equity, voice and leadership. A few weeks ago, a friend and I got together for one of our ‘education chats.’ Both of us are … Continue reading

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Bullying Awareness and Prevention

This week is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week… Our students tell us that they have experienced bullying in our schools and/or they know someone who has been bullied. We work tirelessly in HWDSB to create cultures of safety and inclusion … Continue reading

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Caring schools

We have been spending time in Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board making challenging decisions about our secondary school facilities. We have also been developing our program strategy. The goals of this strategy are: 1) Each of our high schools is a … Continue reading

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Students will inform our program strategy!

I cannot believe it is already the middle of October! The first six weeks of school have provided us with new opportunities for learning as well as some challenges too! I had every intention to be a more regular blogger … Continue reading

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The end to a successful school year in HWDSB

As we come to the end of another school year in HWDSB, we have the opportunity to reflect upon our accomplishments over the last year. And there have been many accomplishments!!!! We continue to strengthen our learning organization. As we … Continue reading

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Revitalizing Where and How our Students Learn

Our schools are changing. Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) has been engaged for more than a year in one of the largest reviews of student accommodation in Ontario history. We are embarking on an ambitious revitalization of where and how … Continue reading

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Engaging our Students

Engaging students is at the heart of our work.  When students are engaged, they learn.  So, how do we engage each and every student? Some would argue that a caring environment will engage students.  This environment encourages students to share … Continue reading

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The Secondary Accommodation Review in HWDSB

At HWDSB, we are committed to creating the most effective, innovative learning environments so that every one of our students will reach their full potential in schools and beyond as they prepare for the 21st century. We undertook accommodation reviews … Continue reading

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