We want to support every student in reaching their potential and graduating. This support is being offered in many ways to meet a student’s individual learning needs. We have developed several strategies that are now in place to continue to improve our graduation rates.
In our video series, Connecting from a Distance, we heard from a number of educators who had adapted their teaching strategies following school closures in March 2020 to keep their students engaged in learning. From construction technology, to hairstyling and aesthetics, educators innovated to continue teaching and keep their students interested.
Even though we couldn’t come together to celebrate our graduates in the typical ways, we made sure they knew we were no less proud of their incredible achievements. In June 2020, we plastered Waterloo Region with our congratulations for our 2020 graduates. From billboards, to the radio, to the newspaper – our message was everywhere.
In the fall of 2020, our students and their families were invited to take part in virtual graduation ceremonies, customized for each of our 16 secondary schools. Each of our 4,216 secondary graduates was recognized at the ceremonies, which when completed, took up 1.6 terabytes, or more than 1600 gigabytes, is akin to that of a major motion picture.
From across our district, the WRDSB came together to celebrate our secondary graduates virtually – each and every one.