Join the Ontario discussion on student well-being
On November 3rd, I posted an item about 2 new MoE announcements one on financial literacy (which took up the most part of my brain ‘cos November is Financial Literacy Month), and the second on Student success and Wellness.
I would like to point out a couple of things worth mentioning about the success and wellness announcement.
- From the Ministry main page, you can directly access their well-being strategy.
- this page includes a lot resources/information including a new engagement paper (released Nov 3). From page 3: “As we continue to strive for excellence in our education system, we know it is essential to help all of our students develop a sense of well-being – the sense of self, identity, and belonging in the world that will give each of them their best chance to learn, grow and thrive.”
- remind everyone that the Ministry has created a survey – an engagement portal-for you to contribute to this discussion: “With your feedback and with contributions from partner ministries, we will develop a provincial student well-being framework for K-12, that will reflect our shared commitments and the positive outcomes we want for all our students”. Note that the deadline for the survey is January 15, 2017.
- a kit has been created to encourage anyone in Ontario to host engagement sessions: “This could be part of a regularly scheduled series of meetings or a specific meeting to discuss well-being. You can decide on the format that best serves your community or audience. The ministry is providing an engagement kit to support those who want to organize their own discussions”.
OPHEA has identified 8 elements for well-being , including: Collaborative Government Leadership; Focused and Sustained Funding; Flexible, Student-Centred Curriculum; Monitoring and Quality Assurance; Facilities, Equipment, and Resources; Professional Development; Awareness and Communications; Sector Alignment and Implementation.
Check it out! Rowan