Our learning environments include all students and their diverse perspectives and ideas
We have a dedicated team of staff working year-round to ensure that our schools are accessible and engaging for all of our learners.
In 2016, we opened two new elementary schools, Vista Hills and Riverside Public Schools. These new buildings are completely accessible and have sound fields in every classroom. Vista Hills PS has alternative workstations available in the classroom, allowing students with different learning needs to stay connected with their class. Accessibility is not just a priority in our new schools. Our facility services staff work hard year round, planning accessibility upgrades to our existing buildings. This past year, they laid the groundwork for an extensive project to make senior public schools across our district accessible. These changes, scheduled for completion in 2017, will allow our students to stay with their classmates as they transition from Grade 6 to 7.
Possible program support: Learning styles: allowing students to “show what they know” in a way that matches their learning styles, students are better able to communicate their thinking in a way that shows their strengths.
Our students, staff and community are supported by creative and collaborative problem-solving
We know that not every student learns the same way. Allowing our students to “show what they know” in a way that matches their learning style, they are better able to communicate their thinking in a way that shows their strengths.
Collaborating with their peers allows students opportunities to engage in their learning in different ways. Having a choice in what topics to study and how to solve mathematical problems through collaboration allows students a choice in how to make their thinking visible.
Our school communities are encouraged to learn by exploring new and innovative projects, ideas and approaches
We’re helping to develop Waterloo’s future innovators. In September 2016, all Grade 9 Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) students received their own Google Chromebook. This exciting, new program puts digital resources in the hands of our students, gives them the chance to incorporate technology in every class, and provides the tools all our students need to achieve success.
Staff are implementing many efforts utilizing technology to support improved learning and instruction and are expanding in classrooms across the WRDSB. These initiatives include many different digital tools as well as blended and online learning approaches that are used in classrooms and schools across the system.
The Chromebook initiative is just one of these projects where technology is being used as an effective vehicle to support learning in new ways.
WRDSB aims to empower our students to gain the skills they need to be successful in the global community by:
- using technology to provide opportunities for our students to learn and grow in a variety of skill areas including communication, collaboration, creation, digital citizenship, critical thinking, and character education;
- using Chromebooks to allow permit our teachers to differentiate instruction in order to meet the various learning styles of our students;
- allowing students to take control of their own learning at their own pace with mobile technology;
- providing equitable access to digital resources.
Building upon the success of earlier projects and initiatives, it is expected that the use of Chromebooks will improve student marks and engage students more by helping them share their work, by inviting collaboration, and by promoting creativity and critical thinking.