Strategic Priority of Well-Being
“Improving student achievement and student engagement is directly linked to ensuring that we work collaboratively and in a purposefully integrated way for the social, emotional, mental and physical well-being of all children and youth.” Ontario Public School Board’s Association
During their strategic planning process, the ADSB identified Well-Being as one of three Strategic Priorities for the Board and determined the following priorities:
• Sustain and enhance learning and working environments that are safe and caring for all.
• Support the mental health of our children and youth through school-based resources and programs that are well coordinated and aligned within our system and with our community partners.
• Build capacity of all staff in their roles to increase skills, job satisfaction, leadership competencies and well-being.
Some of the planning that has taken place currently around Well-Being has focused on 5 key areas:
1. character education
2. safe and caring school communities
3. mental health and well-being
4. equity and inclusive education
5. healthy and active living
The Board has established a Well-Being Team made up of representatives from each of the five key areas who will be working together to develop a strategy to support/align and move forward with this strategic priority of the Board. There are many wonderful initiatives already underway in ADSB including but not limited to:
• Daily physical activity in all elementary classrooms
• Healthy food and beverage policy and implementation
• Character Education
• Project ABCD (Action for Building a Community that is Drug Free)
• Community partnerships and protocols in place to support mental health and well-being, the Algoma Model
• Aboriginal initiatives and supports
• Work with the local immigration partnership to support new comers
• Student Senate Leadership and Student Voice Projects
• Restorative Justice
• Al’s Pals Resiliency Program
• Pink Shirt Day in support of our work around anti-bullying
• RespectEd training for all staff
There are many other well-being practices going on in our Board and schools and this focus is in line with the Ministry of Education who has also added well-being as one of its 4 goals in the recently released Achieving Excellence – A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario.