March 10th, 2023
Research shows that students do better in terms of academic achievement and well-being when they see themselves reflected in their learning and in positions of leadership within the school system.
Our 2019 Workforce Census and our 2021 Student Census revealed gaps between the increasing diversity of WRDSB students and our workforce:
- 1.6 per cent of Workforce Census participants identified as Indigenous, compared to nearly 3 per cent of Student Census participants.
- 1.2 per cent of Workforce Census participants identified as Black, compared to 6 per cent of Student Census participants.
- 7.9 per cent of Workforce Census participants identified as racialized and/or Indigenous, compared to about one-third of Student Census participants.
To address these gaps, we are committing to hiring and supporting more Indigenous, Black and racialized employees.
In-Person Job Information Fair
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Time: 5 – 7 pm
Location: WRDSB Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Ave, Kitchener, ON
Join us for an in-person job information fair for Indigenous, Black and racialized individuals.
Following a large session, we will offer breakout rooms with Hiring Managers and Administrators for the following groups:
- Educational Assistants and Child and Youth Workers (EAs and CYWs)
- Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECEs)
- Custodial & Maintenance Staff
- Professional Student Services Personnel (PSSP) (Social Workers, Psychological Consultants, Speech-Language Pathologists and Communicative Disorder Assistants)
- Elementary teaching (Grades 1-8)
- Secondary teaching (Grades 9-12)
To attend this event, please register through our Google Form. Registration closes March 27, 2023 at 12:00 pm.
For more information or questions, please email IBREN@wrdsb.ca.
The Ministry of Education has identified a significant gap that exists not only in the Waterloo Region, but across Ontario. In response, the ministry has directed boards to encourage diversity in the teaching workforce, as it should be reflective of the diversity in the province.
When students see themselves reflected in the education system, they perform better. With student and workforce census data confirming this gap, it is clear that we need to work towards closing it. This is not only beneficial for Indigenous, Black and racialized students, but for all students who can benefit from a diverse and inclusive learning environment. As our society continues to diversify, it is essential that we prioritize equity and inclusion in all aspects of our lives, including our workplace.
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