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School board collects ideas for new strategic plan EDDIE RWEMA

learning through a solid foundation in literacy and numeracy and committed to using new information to find solutions. From the discussions, Giroux said, they are starting to see some common trends emerge, mainly focusing on the school district’s role in the community, encouraging academic excellence among stronger students, parental engagement and creating a school environment that is a welcoming place for everybody. “It is important for me to contribute to the future of our schools and education. This shows that the board cares about what the parents feel about education,” said Nimet Mawji, one of the parents at the meeting. From each session, participants get from the facilitator a report that summarizes the result of that session. The board is also planning to host a moderated online discussion forum as part of the consultations.

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The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is hosting a series of public forums to gather community input that will help guide the development of its 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. “We are trying to approach as many members of the community as possible to find out what they think about education and how best the future of our schools can be improved,” said Michele Giroux, the board’s executive officer. Importance of information technology, tailoring instruction to meeting the needs of individual learners, positioning schools as an integral hub of the community and curriculum review were some of the major themes that came up during the public forum held at the Confederation Education Centre on Woodroffe Avenue last week. Giroux said the board is also reaching out to a wide range of stakeholders, including other school boards, colleges and universities, the city, community partners such as the United Way and Youth Services Bureau as well as the local business community. The board is using a document called 21st-Century Learner: Schools for the Future, written by the board’s former

ROB CAMPBELL OCDSB ZONE 9 TRUSTEE director of education Lyall Thomson, as the launching pad for conversations about educational issues and the role area residents think the public school

KATIE HOLTZHAUER OCDSB ZONE 12 TRUSTEE board should play. The document underscores the importance of developing critical thinkers by having classrooms that inspire

PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS: •Nov. 18, 7 p.m., OCDSB Administration Building (133 Greenbank Rd.) •Nov. 30, 1 p.m., Tudor Hall (3750 North Bowesville Rd.) •Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Earl of March Secondary School (4 Parkway, Kanata)

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