The Equity and Inclusive Education Community Advisory Committee will advise the Thames Valley District School Board in the implementation of its Equity and Inclusive Education Policy and Action Plan. The committee will assist in the continuing development of an inclusive environment for students, staff, parents and community members.Guiding Principles
- To embrace diversity and affirm respect for all
- To identify and eliminate systemic barriers that may limit engagement by students, parents and the community in board and school activities
- To develop new and existing partnerships that reflect the diversity of the greater communities
- To support the TVDSB’s goals of improved student achievement and increased graduation rates
Parent and Community Consultation
Three Equity and Inclusive Education Parent and Community Workshops were hosted on Thursday, May 13 (afternoon and evening) and Saturday, May 15. The purpose of the workshops was to receive feedback from our community about issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion in our schools. Summaries have been organized according to each of the three workshops. Click Here for more information.
Policies and Procedures
Equity and Inclusive Education
- Equity and Inclusive Education (Policy)
- Religious and Faith-Based Accommodation of Students (Procedure)
- Religious and Faith-Based Accommodation of Staff (Procedure)
Action PlanThe Thames Valley District School board has worked with students, parents, staff and community members to develop an Equity and Inclusion Action Plan through a strategic gap analysis process. Various committees and subcommittees are involved in implementation and strategy discussions surrounding the various components of the plan. Many action items are completed while others are ongoing. During the 2011-2012 school year, the focus will be on those areas requiring further consideration and completion. Click here to view the document.
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education
Local FNMI communities and TVDSB partners will work together to provide a wholistic educational experience for FNMI students through which their various needs are met. The ways in which we teach and support all students through curriculum and programs across all subject areas will honour the rich histories, languages, and cultures of FNMI people. Click here to visit the FNMI website.
English as a Second Language /
English Literacy Development
The schools in TVDSB welcome students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This diverse mix of students provides opportunities to build vibrant school environments that celebrate diversity and enrich the learning experiences of all students. Click here to visit the ESL/ELD website.
In Thames Valley, we are committed to ensuring positive learning environments at all our schools. Our focus on an inclusive culture based on respect is reflected in our policies and codes of conduct as well as in our curriculum. Our Safe Schools Policy outlines a three-pronged strategy for fostering and maintaining safe schools. Click here to visit the Safe Schools website.
Thames Valley District School Board offers various Special Education programs ranging from additional support offered to students in home school (often through "itinerant" programs where traveling specialists provide additional support to students at their home school) to special self-contained or "congregated" classes that provide a higher level of intensive support to the student. Click here to visit the Special Education website.
Mental Health StrategyThe Thames Valley District School Board has an enviable reputation among school boards in Ontario for our focus on the safety, care and well?being of our students. We have been recognized as pioneers in the development of anti?violence programs for youth and programs that focus on social and relationship skillbuilding, particularly through our safe schools initiatives. We have partnered with mental health organizations to develop curriculum materials addressing mental health literacy and stigma reduction. We are one of the few school boards with specialized programs for students with mental health needs and we also have a dedicated Mental Health and Wellness Committee which includes the participation of Trustees. Click here to view the document
Advisory CouncilThe Thames Valley District School Board reaches out to the community to help develop its Equity and Inclusive Education Action plan. An Equity and Inclusive Education Community Advisory Committee advises the TVDSB in the implementation of its Equity & Inclusive Education Policy. The committee assists in the continuing development of an inclusive environment for students, staff, parents and community members. Membership of the EIE Community Advisory Committee includes a wide range of community members representing organizations, agencies and individuals with varied backgrounds and perspectives from all regions of Thames Valley. Click here to visit the website
Human Resource ServicesRespecting Others: Harassment Policy and ProcedureIt is the policy of the Board that every person within the Thames Valley educational community has a right to work and study in an environment free of harassment and supportive of productivity, personal goals, dignity and self-esteem. This link provides access to the complete Thames Valley District School Board's Harassment Policy
. TVDSB: Harassment Policy and Procedure
ResourcesEIE resources are located at the bottom of this page as related files and resources.