Children and students who have strong relationships and a positive sense of self are in a better position to reach their full potential. As we continue to strive for excellence in our education system, we know it is essential to support all of our students to have a positive sense of well-being – the sense of self, identity, and belonging in the world that will help them to learn, grow and thrive.
If our goal in Ontario is for all of our students to become active members of their communities, able to bring about positive change and to flourish in society, we must heighten our focus on well-being as a crucial prerequisite for long-term success.
The Ministry of Education is looking to develop a shared vision of how we can best support the well-being of all students, in collaboration with parents, students, educators and administrators, counsellors, social workers, and community partners across the province.
Work is happening every day in local school communities to promote and support the well-being of students. At the same time, we also know that there are significant challenges and more work is necessary to support the well-being of all Ontario learners. The Ministry of Education wants to learn from, and build on the successful work underway, as we collectively move forward on our shared goal of promoting student well-being.
With your feedback and with contributions from partner ministries, we will develop a provincial student well-being framework for K-12, that will reflect our shared commitments and the positive outcomes we want for all our students. Learn more here.
How can you join the discussion?
The Ministry is interested in hearing from as many people as possible, so they are offering two ways to take part in the engagement process, which concludes March 19, 2017:
1. Submit feedback online
You can submit your feedback through the engagement portal, available until March 19, 2017.
2. Host your own Engagement Session
We are encouraging members of the public to host their own engagement sessions. This could be part of a regularly scheduled series of meetings or a specific meeting to discuss well-being. You can decide on the format that best serves your community or audience. The ministry is providing an engagement kit to support those who want to organize their own discussions. After you hold your engagement session, you can send your feedback to the ministry to engagement portal. To ensure that the results of your session are included, please send by March 19, 2017.