At the Near North District School Board, we are committed to creating safe and positive spaces that respect and celebrate diversity for all our students. In order to do this, we must begin by developing a better understanding of the diverse identities of our students. To help us in this work, we’re excited to announce that early next month we will launch our first Student Identity Survey. As part of this vision, the Ministry of Education’s Equity Secretariat has approached Ontario school boards to pilot a student identity survey. NNDSB has accepted this opportunity and we are now moving forward with this work.
During the two week period between April 29 and May 10, 2019, we are inviting all parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 to complete this system-wide survey entitled “This is Me” with their child, students in grade 7-12 will be invited to complete the Student Survey (at school) in class. The survey results will be used along with other types of data (e.g., demographic, school program, services and achievement) to: better understand and respond to diverse student populations and communities; identify and respond to barriers to student success, inclusion and wellbeing; enhance the creation and distribution of programs and services. For example, it is one of our aims to use the data to examine areas within our board to implement specific culturally responsive teaching practices, which in turn improves student engagement. Further to this, we can use the data when working with our community partners to examine student support resources both in the community and at school. A summary of the results will be available in Spring of 2019
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