A Message From Our Director of Education

I am honoured to serve as the Director of Education for the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB).

The WRDSB team has worked tirelessly to create health and safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 virus. We remain committed to prioritizing the health and safety of students, staff and ensuring our schools will continue to operate safely. Over the course of the 2021-2022 school year, we will continue to work closely with, and be guided by, the advice from local Public Health and the direction of the Ministry of Education.

To truly prepare WRDSB students to be ready for the future, we recognize the need for innovation and transformation to move education forward from its 18th-century system and structures. For us, this needs to be guided by building deep relationships with a focus on service that ultimately prioritizes students and their needs. We will be embarking on a strategic planning process this fall and encourage you to share your insights and wisdom with us as partners in supporting all children to be successful and ready for the world they will graduate into. Schools are the heart of our communities. We are committed to ensuring that the conditions for learning exist so that schools and classrooms are safe, welcoming and supportive spaces for all our students, staff and community members. We must build relationships where students experience a strong sense of belonging and care, and offer our students a learning environment and curriculum where their identities, abilities, gifts and lived experiences are embraced fully and honoured in a way that allows them to rise to their highest potential.

In support of this, this past school year, we launched the Indigenous, Equity, and Human Rights Department. These staff members are dedicated to building system-wide capacity, address systemic barriers and build a community culture that is safe, equitable, and just. They are supporting us to collectively think and act upon our commitments to uphold the Calls to Action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

I am excited about the future for us as a district. We are a learning organization, deeply grounded and committed to learning and leading from/with the many communities we serve. We look forward to engaging with students, staff, families and community members to continue the excellent ongoing work in the WRDSB and to pave new, innovative paths that will prepare our students for life and success in the 22nd century.

Sincerely,

jeewan chanicka
Director of Education