The Board of Trustees recently officially unveiled the 2020-2024 Multi-Year Plan (MYP)
, which is a strategic plan created collaboratively for the Halton District School Board. During the Feb. 4 virtual Board meeting
, the new MYP plaque was unveiled for the first time in the J.W. Singleton Education Centre.
The purpose of the MYP, approved by Trustees in November 2020, sets direction and prioritizes the collective actions of all stakeholders to ensure efforts of the HDSB are aligned to support the Board’s more than 65,000 students, 9,000 staff and the broader community.
The MYP 2020-2024 consists of five key areas:
- Equity & Inclusion
- Mental Health and Well-Being
- Learning and Achievement
- Environmental Leadership
- Indigenous Perspectives and Awareness
The Board identifies its commitment within each area and outlines goals that define the key strategic work the Board will undertake during the next four years. While there are five distinct areas to the plan, no one area stands alone or above another as each is connected. Adaptability, Relationships, Innovation, Communication, Accountability and Engagement are foundational elements of the MYP plan that describe the values of the HDSB and how staff and stakeholders will work together to achieve the goals outlined in the plan.
The Indigenous Perspectives and Awareness area of the MYP demonstrates the HDSB’s commitment to expanding knowledge and understanding of Indigenous perspectives and realities. To further the Board’s commitment to this area, Stephen Paquette has been hired into a permanent position as the Board’s Indigenous Knowledge Guide ＆ Engagement Advisor, to provide expertise to staff, schools and departments.
As part of the Equity & Inclusion area of the Plan, the HDSB created the Discriminatory and Harmful Language Protocol
to provide clear expectations for how staff respond when harm is caused. This protocol will be followed by students and staff to promote a school environment free from discriminatory language.
In September 2019, the Board initiated a process to develop a new MYP. A steering committee was created to help guide the development of the MYP. An external consultant, Maximum City, was hired to initiate an extensive stakeholder consultation process to review the contents of the previous MYP and seek input about what the HDSB community values and would like to see represented in the next MYP.
Input on the MYP was received from more than 4,000 HDSB respondents including parents/guardians, students, staff and community members on a broad range of issues.
“The Trustees of the Halton District School Board are proud of the extensive consultative process that was undertaken in the creation of this Multi-Year Plan,” says Chair Andréa Grebenc. “The resulting plan clearly outlines the focus of the next few years and recognizes the key priority areas we heard from students, our staff and the broader Halton community. Thank you to all who contributed to this plan and we look forward to its embodiment in and outside of the classroom.”
For additional information, contact:
Andréa Grebenc, Chair
Halton District School Board
905-335-3663 | Toll-free 1-877-618-3456