2017 was an exciting year for us that included many new achievements and successes. After only the second year of implementing our strategic plan, we are very proud to share with you our accomplishments and just how far we have come to reaching our strategic goals.
When we embarked on the journey to create a new strategic plan, we wanted to ensure that our students came first – each and every one. It is here in this statement – “each and every one” that we are called to the challenge of ensuring equity of opportunity for all of our students. We must ask ourselves critical questions about who and how we deliver a more equitable and inclusive public education in Waterloo region. It remains important for us to continue to foster a culture of innovation to ensure the success of our students as we prepare them to face the future.
We believe that schools have an important role to play in innovating the future through the way we are educating our students today. The future is full of new possibilities and advancements, and we want to ensure that our students are prepared for the realities of what their communities and their world will look like after they graduate.
We know our purpose as a public school district is to inspire our staff to see the potential in every student, and to help our students imagine these futures for themselves. From Kindergarten all the way up to Grade 12, we are innovating the way we teach, so that our students can become the next generation of innovators.
Our staff, families and caregivers are partners in every student’s learning journey. That is why ongoing feedback from staff, parents and members of our community play such an important part in creating our strategic priorities and action plans. Our Board of Trustees have also been essential in providing the support needed to put the plan into action. They continue to invite a broader community voice into important dialogue around public education in our region. With their guidance and leadership, we passed another balanced budget, ensuring financial stability for the year to come and beyond.
We have many reasons to celebrate this past year, but we are also excited for all the great things that lay ahead in 2018. Together, we are innovating tomorrow by educating today.
Director of Education
Chair of the Board of Trustees