Halton school board celebrating Education Week for students in Oakville, Milton, Burlington

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Published April 27, 2023 at 1:58 pm

This theme of this year’s Education Week is Education for a Brighter Future and the Halton District School Board will celebrate May 1 to 5 for students in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.

“Education Week provides a wonderful opportunity for the Halton District School Board to demonstrate and share the deep, varied and inclusive learning taking place across our school board at all levels,” said Curtis Ennis, the board’s director of Education.

“During this week, we proudly share the importance of a strong, reflective, vibrant and innovative education system. In Halton, we strive to provide students an inclusive and safe learning environment where they can learn, grow and be inspired.”

The HDSB will celebrate Education Week by dedicating each day to focusing on one of the five areas of focus in the 2020-2024 Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYP) to show the importance of schools, staff, families and the community working together to support the well-being and success of students.

“Our 2020-2024 Multi-Year Strategic Plan sets the direction and prioritizes the collective actions of all stakeholders to ensure our efforts are aligned and coordinated to support the more than 66,000 students, 11,000 staff and the broader HDSB community,” said Ennis.

“We are proud to use this week to highlight the ways in which we are bringing to life this important plan. Throughout Education Week, we will be sharing examples of how each of the five areas of focus in our Multi-Year Plan guide student and staff learning in classrooms and throughout the HDSB.”

Here is the main focus of each day:

Monday, May 1 – Equity and Inclusion: This area of focus shows how schools champion supportive and inclusive practices to ensure equitable access to positive opportunities and outcomes for all.

Tuesday, May 2 – Mental Health and Well-Being: This area of focus highlights how students strengthen safe and caring school environments that promote well-being, and enhance relationships and positive learning and working climates where everyone belongs and feels safe. May 1-7 is also Mental Health Week, as designated by the Canadian Mental Health Association, which promotes mental health awareness, decreasing stigma and helpful resources.

Wednesday, May 3 – Environmental Leadership: This area shows how students and staff take action to help create a sustainable world and will be showcased to demonstrate how HDSB schools are providing opportunities to learn about connections between ecosystems, social justice and climate, as well as elevate local environmental initiatives and practices.

Thursday, May 4 – Learning and Achievement: Examples will be shared of how the HDSB strives to create learning environments to elevate student achievement, foster a culture of high expectations to maximize student and staff achievement and promote innovative strategies.

Friday, May 5 – Indigenous Perspectives and Awareness: On the final day of Education Week, the HDSB will highlight the many learning opportunities for students and staff that help promote knowledge and understanding of Indigenous perspectives and realities.

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