The Board of Education has renewed its strategic plan, setting direction of the District for the next five years from 2020-2025.
The renewal of the strategic plan aligns with the District’s vision where each student within its world-class learning community has the opportunity to fulfill their greatest potential and pursue their aspirations. It strives to ensure each student’s learning and well-being are nurtured in a safe, responsive and inclusive environment.
“Our vision for the school district is reflective of our Board’s core values, which include equity, social responsibility, and sustainability”, said Board Chair Jordan Watters. “Our Board is putting truth and reconciliation at the centre of our work and focusing on creating a sense of belonging for all of our students. A main deliverable for us through this plan will be engaging and collaborating with Indigenous educators and partners to examine and address systemic biases and improve outcomes for Indigenous learners. We are excited about the rich learning our entire District can benefit from as our Indigenous partners inform learning in our District. We want all of our students to be successful and to become lifelong learners who are engaged and respected members of society.”
The three goals of the strategic plan are to:
- Create an inclusive and culturally responsive learning environment that will support and improve all learners’ personal and academic success.
- Create a culturally responsive learning environment that will support Indigenous learners’ personal and academic success.
- Create an inclusive and culturally responsive learning environment that will support all learners’ physical and mental well-being.
The plan was developed and informed by students, Indigenous communities, staff, educational partners and administrators. The consultation began in August 2019.
“This plan is reflective of the voices we heard throughout our consultation process,” said Superintendent Shelley Green. “We needed to connect with members of our learning community so we could identify individual priorities and then determine our shared purpose. If we want to drive change, we really need all hands on board as change can be challenging and takes understanding, time and perseverance.”
Attached, is the framework for the Strategic Plan. The plan will be the central guiding document for the Board work plan, staff operational plans and school plans.
The Greater Victoria School District provides quality education for more than 20,000 students in 27 Elementary Schools, 10 Middle Schools, and 7 Secondary Schools. Each year, over 650 adult learners register at SJ Burnside Educational Centre. The District also offers a variety of Programs of Choice.