|TVDSB Strategic Plan |
Shaping the Future of Public Education
When the Thames Valley District School Board was created through the amalgamation of school boards in the City of London and the counties of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford, Trustees adopted the Board’s first Mission statement which established TVDSB as a Caring, Learning Community.
While that mission remains central to our beliefs, we must look to the future and have a new mission that signifies the important ways in which we have changed as a society. It is imperative that we have a Vision and Mission that speaks to our passion for student learning and for the students of today. We believe we have found just the right words and sentiment.
On Dec. 11, 2012, Trustees adopted new Mission and Vision statements after consulting with key stakeholders, parent groups, students and employees. Our new vision speaks to the fact that the Board is far more diverse than it was in the late 1990’s. We must reflect that diversity in everything we do.
Chair of the Board
We build each student's tomorrow, every day.
The Thames Valley learning community inspires innovation, embraces diversity, and celebrates achievement - a strong foundation for all students.
The decisions made by locally elected school board Trustees can have a significant impact on teaching, learning, and student achievement and well-being in our schools.
During 2012, Thames Valley Trustees took important steps toward developing the Board’s first new strategic plan since TVDSB was created in 1998 through the amalgamation of the boards of the City of London and counties of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford. The Strategic Plan, which will reflect TVDSB’s mission, vision and strategic direction, is being developed through a partnership involving Trustees, the Director of Education, administration, staff, students, parents and our community.
“While we will always remain a Caring, Learning Community (articulated in the Board’s previous mission statement) we must look to the future and affirm our commitment to helping students become the best they can be,” says Board Chair Joyce Bennett.
“Trustees are grateful for the community input they received to create a progressive plan for the future of education in Thames Valley.” The final draft of the Strategic Plan will be unveiled in 2013.
“Strategic planning allows Trustees, senior administration, staff, parents and students find their place and contribute to the success of our only reason for being, our students. The process allows us to bring meaning to our work, our “Why”, said Executive Superintendent Mike Sereda, who has spearheaded the Strategic Planning process for the Board. The plan incorporates a commitment to:
Focus on Excellence: Everyone across Thames Valley must rise to the challenge to be the best we can be and do the best we can do each time we have the opportunity.
A Responsibility to Lead: Leadership is not about a job title or position. Everyone who shows initiative, vision and drive in Thames Valley is setting an excellent example of leadership.
Creating Signature Learning Experiences: Education must adapt to the current needs of our community by providing experiences that support innovation, creativity, adaptability, analytical skills and technical literacy.
Igniting the Passion: For educators, there are no words to adequately explain the sense of intrinsic reward when a student is excitedly learning a new concept, proudly demonstrating a new skill or compassionately helping classmates or other citizens of the world. The passion of teachers and all staff members who support students is fuelled by the passion of students.
TVDSB Improvement Plan
To increase the literacy and numeracy skills of TVDSB students to meet Provincial achievement and graduation targets and to decrease student achievement gaps.
- Our students will acquire
skills that reflect their
relevant grade level and
- Our students will have
access to programs
appropriate to their needs
- Our staff will foster a
positive and engaging
environment to support
- Our staff will foster family
and community supports to
assist student learning
- Increase reading skills
among Early Years students
- Increase writing skills
among Primary and Junior
- Increase credits earned by
Grade 9 students
- Increase secondary school
As leaders in public education, we commit to:
- Putting the needs of
- Recognizing and
encouraging leadership in all
- Ensuring safe, positive
learning and working
- Inspiring new ideas and
- Taking responsibility for the
students and resources
entrusted to our care
- Actively engaging our
students, staff, families and
- Being inclusive, fair and
Education Director Bill Tucker addressed TVDSB’s entire staff via a live presentation and simultaneous video link across the school district in April 2012.