Operational Goal Overall Implementation Status
All students and staff will be supported and affirmed in the areas of cognitive, emotional, social and physical well-being with the acknowledgement of how these contribute to self and spiritual well-being.

Implementing our Strategies: Student Well-Being

Overall Strategy 1

Implement social/emotional learning into everyday classroom practices from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to support students’ cognitive, emotional and social well-being.

Lead Strategies Measures Status
Teaching and Learning, Safe and Healthy Schools Provide universal and targeted classroom interventions to support social/emotional learning.

Implementation

  • Number of sessions offered
  • Number and type of staff who engage in the PD sessions

Outcome

  • Feedback from participants through surveys on changes in knowledge and skills
  • Percentage well-being asset index levels as measured by the Middle-years Development Instrument

Overall Strategy 2

Implement strategies to ensure equitable conditions for learning across all schools to support students’ cognitive, emotional and social well-being.

Lead Strategies Measures Status
Human Rights and Equity, Leadership Development Build system leaders’ capacity focused on equity, inclusion and human rights including developing equity as a leadership competency. Implementation

  • Number of sessions offered
  • Number of different types of sessions offered
  • Number of system leaders who engage in the PD sessions

Outcome

  • Feedback from participants through surveys on changes in knowledge, attitudes, instructional decision making, implementation of policy
  • Feedback from participants through conversations with Superintendents on changes in behaviours and decision making
Teaching and Learning, Human Rights and Equity, Safe and Healthy Schools Implement Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy (CRRP) as part of Keeping Students in School Project through the Ministry of Education. Implementation

  • Number of Keeping Students in School sessions offered
  • Number of sessions offered to the whole system
  • Number of administrators and educators who engage in the PD sessions

Outcome

  • Feedback from participants through surveys on changes in knowledge, attitudes and instructional decision making
  • Number of suspensions and expulsions
  • Utilization of alternatives to suspension
Human Rights and Equity, Teaching and Learning Implement strategies to support Indigenous Education. Implementation

  • Number of sessions offered
  • Number of staff who engage in the PD sessions

Outcome

  • Increased awareness of Indigenous history and commitment to integrating Indigenous perspectives
Corporate Services -Research/Privacy Office Develop and implement a consistent approach to the collection and application of voluntarily provided student identity data. Implementation

  • Student census launched

Outcome

  • Percentage of students who participated in the survey

Overall Strategy 3

Implement strategies to support the capacity of students and staff to engage in practices that promote environmental
sustainability and students’ well-being (cognitive, cognitive, emotional, social and physical well-being).

Lead Strategies Measures Status
Business Services Manage the impact of the Board’s operations on the environment by reducing our environmental footprint. Implementation

  • Findings from review of board’s operational practices with an environmental impact

Outcome

  • Energy intensity levels
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
Business Services Provide support for staff and students who choose active and sustainable transportation for the school/work-based journey. Implementation

  • Number of school travel plans developed
  • Number of review plans of subdivisions
    with active transportation lens
  • Enrollment in TravelWise program

Outcome

  • Walkability index/walk score
  • Active transportation rates
  • Use of end of trip facilities (e.g., bike
    racks, showers, etc.)
  • BWR score from the BikeWalkRoll
    survey
Business Services Provide a safe and efficient transportation service to students who are eligible for bus transportation to and from school. Implementation

  • Number of PD sessions offered for staff
  • Number of bus route redesigns

Outcome

  • Number of student injuries
  • Number of collisions
  • Average student ride time
Business Services Ensure Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) compliance for physical spaces in buildings. Implementation

  • Number of facility assessments conducted

Outcome

  • Student census launched
  • Percentage of square footage that complies
    with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Business Services Procure and deploy resources in classrooms to ensure a productive and equitable learning environment for staff and students. Implementation

  • Contract for collaborative furniture is in place

Outcome

  • Number of secondary classrooms with collaborative furniture
  • Every school building has access to at least one gender-neutral washroom

Implementing our Strategies: Staff Well-Being

Overall Strategy 1

Implement strategies to build staff capacity to support their cognitive, emotional, social and physical well-being while
contributing to the development of a positive workplace culture.

Lead Strategies Measures Status
Special Education Increase staff capacity and confidence to support the needs of all students and staff. Implementation

  • Number of sessions offered
  • Number of staff who attend the PD sessions

Outcome

  • Feedback from participants through surveys on changes in confidence level in supporting all students and staff and knowledge
Leadership Development, Human Resources Develop system leaders’ capacity to build and sustain healthy, high performing positive and inclusive workplace cultures. Implementation

  • Number of sessions offered
  • Number of system leaders who attend the PD session​s

Outcome

  • Feedback from participants through surveys on changes in knowledge, skills and behaviours
Human Resources Provide all staff with awareness and educational opportunities that support the areas of physical health and safety, mental health and positive workplace culture. Implementation

  • Number of sessions offered
  • Number of staff who attend the PD sessions

Outcome

  • Level of psychosocial factors through Guarding Minds at Work staff survey
  • Rating of key drivers of organizational health through Plasticity Insight staff survey
Corporate Services -Communications Redevelop the staff internal website to provide an accessible platform that promotes information sharing and engagement. Implementation

  • Website platform purchased
  • New website launched

Outcome

  • Feedback from stakeholders through surveys on format and content
  • Analytics on engagement levels

Overall Strategy 2

Implement strategies to ensure equitable conditions for working and learning as a foundational building block of student and staff well-being.

Lead Strategies Measures Status
Human Resources, Leadership Development, Human Rights and Equity Enhance hiring and promotion of school staff and system leaders to ensure fair and equitable recruitment, hiring and promotion. Implementation

  • Review of interview protocols being used (e.g., interview questions, weight given to interview questions)

Outcome

  • Percentage of employees hired that are reflective of the Waterloo Region community and school communities
Human Resources / Human Rights and Equity Update Administrative Procedure focused on hiring practices that are fair, equitable, and inclusive and aligned with our current strategies related to equity. Implementation

  • Percentage of training session about the new ​Administrative Procedure
  • Number of hiring personnel trained to utilize an equity lens in hiring decisions

Outcome

  • Evidence of hiring practices that are fair, equitable, and inclusive
  • Evidence of Administrative Procedure used consistently in the hiring of all employee groups
Business Services Ensure Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) compliance for physical spaces in buildings and services. Implementation

  • Number of facility assessments conducted

Outcome

  • Percentage of square footage that complies with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Business Services Support physical resources in classrooms to ensure a productive learning environment for staff and students. Implementation

  • Contract for collaborative furniture is in place

Outcome

  • Increase in the number of secondary classrooms with collaborative furniture
  • Every school building has access to at least one gender neutral washroom