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Providing Feedback on the OCDSB Secondary School Review
19 April 2016
 
After five years of work, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has completed its Secondary School Review. An Ad Hoc Committee and seven working groups comprised of staff, students, representatives from post-secondary institutions, business and the community worked to develop recommendations that will impact our secondary schools and our elementary schools as we look to the redesign our schools for the future.
 
We have always had great secondary schools in our District. But we know that our students are changing and our communities are changing too. The Ad Hoc Committee was charged with defining common student outcomes. After a look to the research and interaction with students, staff, parents and community members, the OCDSB Exit Outcomes were adopted. These five characteristics (goal-oriented, innovative/creative, collaborative, globally aware, resilient) and five skills (ethical decision-makers, digitally fluent, academically diverse, effective communicators, critical thinkers) are now the basis of the Board’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan.
 
The seven working groups have completed their work and made their recommendations. Some recommendations have been discussed by staff and implementation plans are being developed. Other recommendations require Board approval.
 
The Board is now seeking feedback on this work. Here are some of the recommendations and/or emerging themes:
 
·         All secondary schools with regular day school programs will offer all program pathways to ensure that students leaving grade 8 can choose to attend their community schools;
·         All secondary schools with regular day school programs will offer Core French and students will be able to attain a French Immersion Certificate (10 credits) or an Extended French Certificate (7 credits);
·         Students may access Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs at secondary schools throughout the District beginning in grade 11. Transportation will be provided. Students may choose to return to their home school or stay at the SHSM school for grade 12;
·         Over time, through the boundary review process, the school district will be moving towards a preferred grade configuration model in elementary and secondary schools of K-6/7-12 and K-8/9-12; and
·         Staff will investigate the possibility of a second International Baccalaureate program site in the west end of the District.
 
We would like to hear your feedback. We have established opportunities for discussion with communities, advisory committees, our student senate, school councils and staff in April and May. Individuals can provide feedback on our OCDSB website any time during this period.
 
We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
 
Sincerely,
Jennifer
 
 

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Dr. Jennifer Adams became Director of Education/Secretary of the Board for the OCDSB on July 1st 2011.

Dr. Adams has been a leader in public education throughout her distinguished 27 year career. She began her teaching career with the Lakehead District School Board, followed by promotions to curriculum coordinator, elementary principal and superintendent. In 2005, Dr. Adams joined the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board as a Superintendent of Instruction and until becoming Director of Education, served as the Executive Superintendent.

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