Helping students succeed

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The problem

Although graduation rates across the province have never been higher, we are looking at more ways to help students succeed, including ways to promote and support student well-being.

This includes students’ physical, cognitive, emotional and social health; as well as their sense of self.

Students need support at all levels, in a positive learning environment, so they:

  • can learn and thrive inside/outside the classroom and online
  • are more likely to succeed at school and later in life, as active, engaged citizens

Education is more than just learning to read and write. It’s about having a safe and inclusive learning environment for students to succeed.

What new ideas or projects could help students develop a positive sense of self, feel engaged in school and learn the tools to deal with challenging situations?

Who we're trying to help

We want to help all students in Ontario’s publicly funded education system, from kindergarten to grade 12.

What we're doing/have done

Mental health supports

We are increasing funding by $6 million over the next three years for School Mental Health ASSIST (opens in a new window), which gives mental health leaders in local school boards access to provincial supports and resources, including mental health coaches.

We:

  • are continuing to fund Kids Help Phone (opens in a new window)
  • have completed 34 pilot projects at colleges and universities to address student mental health needs with a particular focus on:
    • transitioning students
    • Indigenous students
    • students struggling with addictions
  • are enabling every college and university to hire a mental health worker who provides direct service to students
  • are supporting the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health and the Good2Talk (opens in a new window) mental health helpline, which provides direct counseling and referral services 24/7 in English and French
  • are giving an additional $18 million, over the next three years, to colleges and universities across the province to support mental health services

Bullying prevention

Since 2012, we require every school board to:

  • have a bullying prevention and intervention plan in place and to implement that plan
  • provide programs, interventions and other supports for students who have been bullied, witnessed incidents of bullying and who have engaged in bullying 
  • put in place procedures to allow students to report bullying incidents safely and in a way that will minimize the possibility of reprisal
  • conduct school surveys (opens in a new window) to measure perceptions of safety among students, parents and staff and use the surveys to:
    1. make better decisions about how to foster safe and inclusive schools
    2. determine the effectiveness of school programs

Talking to students, families and educators

Over the 2016- 2017 school year, we went out across Ontario to get feedback on student well-being (opens in a new window) and how it is being supported in schools. We spoke to students, families, staff and other key partners to learn more about what’s working and what we need to do better.

We’re using the feedback we received to improve the day to day learning experience at school.

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Edible Garden

Edible garden program in elementary schools

This idea was selected for voting.

I would like to see an elementary school partner with a local organization to create a garden with the food going to local organizations or a local market.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by GBurns.

Start teaching French when kids are most open to it

Earlier introduction of French language classes to students

This idea was selected for voting.

Make core French mandatory starting in grade one. As it is, many boards don't start until grade 4, which is after kids find it easiest to learn a language.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Mlle.  1 comment

Diverse Literature

Honourable mention. While this idea was not ultimately selected, it has been shared with the appropriate Ministry for future consideration.

As an English high school teacher in Toronto, I have noticed that many of the novels taught to our students are classics and often written from the same perspective.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by JessiH.

Getting to know one another!

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

I believe in order for students to be successful, it is essential to have emotional connection with their teachers and the other students they spend time with everyday.

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Created on October 27, 2017 by Jane.V.

include 3dprinting in the curriculum

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

our circiulum is needs a lot of improvement but it is the things we don't prepare our students enough for I mean wow so much with the transformation of manufacturing & its ground breaking invention 3dprinting ,

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Created on October 22, 2017 by TimPostma.

Integration of 3Cs (Creativity, Communication & Community) in elementary schools

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Encourage healthy mental being of the elementary students towards secondary life: The Integration of 3Cs

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Precy APT.

Life Lessons

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Life Lessons would be a one day in class program/pilot for highschool students, learning the skills and life traits of the most successful people in our generation.

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Created on October 28, 2017 by Griff.

Mentoring program

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

New grads usually have no idea what their degree can do for them. If a student isn't in coop or internship program, they have no opportunity to gain experience. Universities don't tell kids what a biology degree can do...

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Created on October 23, 2017 by IdeamanC.

More Bang for your French Bucks

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

There are not enough good Core French teachers in Ontario, but budgeting for them to have a dedicated French room would attract and retain better teachers and provide much richer French learning experiences for students, ultimately leading more st

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Created on October 22, 2017 by MadelleP.  13 comments

Skills Building Centres

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

I work with youth with barriers to employment. Many are still high school age, but for a variety of reasons, are either unwelcome on school property or unwilling to return.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Mike_Schwindt.

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