Valuing Voices – Parent Focus Groups

Valuing Voices – Parent Focus Groups
Posted on 06/04/2019
Valuing Voices – Parent Focus Groups

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is committed to improving equity of access and opportunity for all students. In November 2019, the District will be collecting identity based data. Identity based data is personal information about your child and how they identify themselves.

We invite you to participate in our focus group discussions to be held in June. The purpose of these focus groups is to share and discuss the challenges, barriers and bias that students experience at school, as well as examples of supports that have impacted them positively. This information will inform the work of the District in planning for the collection of identity-based data. It will also be used to complement data from the student survey to identify and address systemic barriers and bias that happen in schools as well as improve our practices and opportunities to support student learning and well-being.

The sessions will be of particular interest to parents of students who identify as Inuit, Métis, and First Nations, Black, Jewish, Muslim, 2SLGBTQ+, Newcomers/Immigrants to Canada, those impacted by poverty and persons with disabilities. We will have multi-cultural liaison officers available to provide support.

To ensure that there is sufficient space and to facilitate planning, we kindly ask that you register for one of the following sessions:

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Woodroffe High School – 2410 Georgina Drive

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Tudor Hall – 3750 N Bowesville Road

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre 300 Des Père-Blancs Ave (for parents of students who identify as Inuit, Métis, and First Nations)

The following questions will be used to help focus the discussion during these sessions:

  1. Why is self-identification important for your child?
  2. How has your child’s identity been shaped within the school system?
  3. What has helped to create a sense of belonging for your child in their school?
  4. What has helped to improve your child’s academic success?
  5. What has prevented your child from feeling and doing their best in school?
  6. What do you think is important for the school district to consider when collecting identity-based data?


No personal identifying information will be gathered during the focus groups. Manual note taking during the small group discussions will be done at each table either by participants or staff, depending upon the comfort level of participants. The notes will not include personal names or information but will represent all voices in your discussions and capture key information and ideas. These notes will provide the summary that informs our work.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Tsala Mosimakoko, Research Officer, Research, Evaluation & Analytics Division of the OCDSB at or 613-596-8211 extension 8571. 

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