People for Education response to Ministry’s Well-being strategy
From page 1: “The Ministry of Education’s Well-Being Strategy follows strategies developed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in identifying four domains of success: Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Emotional. Using the same framework goals within the Ministry and across the youth sector is an essential step in establishing coherence in Ontario’s goals and policies for youth, from early learning through post-secondary education. The Well-Being Strategy has also articulated some important core policy areas – for example, Healthy Schools – that have a central role to play in supporting conditions of wellness in relation to learning in schools.
While People for Education supports the broad strokes of this work, we recognize that there are significant challenges that need to be addressed. These challenges sit in three critical areas: 1. Policy confusion, redundancy, and competition 2. Specificity and definition 3. Measurement”
From page 4: …”we recommended that the Ministry use existing policy – in particular the Creating Pathways to Success policy, portfolios, and professional development – as a key anchor for the upcoming Well-Being Strategy. We also recommend that the Ministry develop consistent language and goals throughout its policies so that the links and interconnections are clear. For example, one consistent strategy could link the portfolios in Creating Pathways with the WellBeing Strategy and the Learning Skills and Work Habits on Ontario report cards.”
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