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Building Brighter Futures Together 2019-2023

Deadline Extended to Monday, December 17th

Background:

The OCDSB current strategic plan is scheduled to expire in August 2019. We have made great progress under this plan and are at the stage when we must consider what priorities carry forward and what other areas require more focus.  An important first step in the planning process is actively consulting with stakeholders in order to gain input into the development of priorities for the next strategic plan. The consultation process has four stages:

  1. Pre-consultation                                              (October/November 2018)
  2. Idea Exchange                                                   (November/December 2018)
  3. Developing Strategies and Action             (January 2019)
  4. Feedback on Draft Plan                                 (May 2019)

During the Idea Exchange stage, there will be separate conversations:  parents and community members; staff; and for students.  The conversations will also be separated by elementary and secondary panels.  This will allow people with common interest and experiences to be involved in the conversation.

All participants will receive an invitation and several reminder emails.  Anyone who does not receive an invitation can join the conversation by following clicking on these links:

The overall consultation process is explained in the following diagram.


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Figure 1: Strategic Planning Consultation Process

Idea Exchange - Building Brighter Futures Together

We are setting priorities for the next four years and we want to know what is important to you.  We will be using Thoughtexchange, an online learning tool that allows parents, staff, students and community members to have a conversation about learning and well-being. Between November 21st and December 12th we will host a community conversation called “Building Brighter Futures Together” using Thoughtexchange, an online discussion tool.  The OCDSB has used Thoughtexchange for several consultations and it has significantly increased participation - allowing more voices to be heard and leading to better informed decision-making.

Participants will be asked three open ended questions - what we do well; where we can improve; and what priorities are important to learning and well-being. Participants can also review thoughts that are shared by others and star the ideas that they like best. Thoughts are shared anonymously - no names are attached to the thoughts shared. The online conversation is moderated to ensure it is respectful to everyone.  

Who Participates in the Conversations?

There will be separate conversations:  parents and community members; staff; and for students.  The conversations will also be separated by elementary and secondary panels.  This will allow people with common interest and experiences to be involved in the conversation. To facilitate the size of the conversations, the exchanges will be structured as follows: 

Staff

(3 exchanges - approx 10,000 invitees)

Parents/Community

(9 exchanges - approx 70,000 invitees)

Students

(2 exchanges - approximately 25,000 invitees)

Staff will participate in either an elementary, secondary or central conversation. All staff in employee groups in that panel will participate in one exchange. Staff who are centrally assigned will participate in a third exchange.

-Elementary
-Secondary
-District Office & Centrally Assigned

Parents/Guardians will participate in an elementary and/or a secondary conversation. To make the size manageable, each of those will be sub-divided into 4 conversations - Elementary 1, 2, 3, 4 and Secondary 1, 2, 3, 4.  These are organized alphabetically by school name (A-C, D-I, J-Q, R-Z).

Elementary – 1
Elementary – 2
Elementary – 3
Elementary – 4

Secondary - 1
Secondary - 2
Secondary - 3
Secondary - 4

Community members will participate in a separate conversation.


Community Members

Students will participate in one of two student conversations:

Students - Grade 7-8
Students - Grade 9-12


Community Members

All participants will receive an invitation and several reminder emails.  Anyone who does not receive an invitation can join the conversation by following these instructions

How does it work? 

The consultation is built around three questions.   The questions are open-ended and you can share as many thoughts as you like.   You will also be able to read the thoughts shared by other parents and guardians and then you can identify which ideas are most important to you.

What is Thoughtexchange?

Thoughtexchange is an online learning tool that allows us to reach out to everyone affected by the decisions made by the OCDSB.  There are three steps for participants:

  1. Share your thoughts – answer 3 open-ended questions about learning and well-being;
  2. Star thoughts – review ideas from other parents and guardians and rate the ideas you like best
  3. Discover – learn what ideas are most important to the community as a whole

This helps the OCDSB understand what is important to everyone in the community.

Can People Participate in Another Language?

Yes, there are 2 options.  You can participate in Thoughtexchange in  English, French or Spanish.  You can participate in other languages by texting “hello” in your language to 728-55 then enter the 9-digit code given for the exchange. The system will then communicate in your language.  Note, you need to have your  cellphone keyboard enabled in that language and your cell plan must enable SMS for premium and short numbers. 

Can People participate if they do not have a computer or cellphone?

Yes.  There are several ways to do this – you can speak with your child’s principal to arrange to use a computer at the school; you can access a device at the Family Reception Centre; you can access a computer at the public library; you can speak with your trustee; you can send your thoughts to us in writing or you can call us directly for help at 613-596-8211 ext 8402.

WHY Participate?

By sharing your ideas, you get to help set the direction for our schools for the next 4 years. In 2014, over 13,500 people participated in a Thoughtexchange conversation to develop our current strategic planThat feedback resulted in the development of our current strategic plan which has five priority areas – Learning, Equity, Well-Being, Engagement, and Stewardship.  In 2014, we heard very positive feedback about the quality of our staff, We also heard about the need for investment in our schools and facilities. Since that time, we have invested over $300M in school renewal, renovations, expansions and new construction. You can learn more about the progress we have made on our current plan in this  report.

Your ideas will help us to Build a Brighter Future Together @OCDSB.

#BuildingBrighterFuturesTogether 

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