We are extremely proud of the professional learning opportunities available for new and experienced teachers, administrators, and our broader employee groups. At WCDSB the outstanding ability of our educators is specifically rooted in the opportunity for leadership development. Through an intentional five-part Leadership Series, WCDSB has supported aspiring leaders to deepen their understanding of their role as Servant Leaders and build their professional capacities on all levels. In 2016-17, WCDSB received 24 qualified applications to administrator pools, 20 of which were internal. Excluding Administrators, 73 teachers have taken Principal Qualification Part 1, 21 of whom have been issued qualification in the last year. Forty- two teachers have taken Principal Qualification Part 2, 12 of whom have been issued the qualifications in the last year.
As well, the Life Long Learning Series, open to all employee groups, highlights learning opportunities focused on: Faith Development, Building Interpersonal Skills, 21st Century Teaching and Learning, Mental Health and Wellness, and an Introduction to Leadership — recognition that WCDSB’s commitment to promotion of leadership and professional development has been a conduit to aspiring educators at all levels.
The New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) has been supporting new teachers for 11 years, since its ministry-mandated inception. The 2016-17 school year saw 154 teachers involved in the program. Annual feedback of the program has revealed that the time given to work with a mentor has been the most valuable component of the program. The availability of release time to provide new teachers the opportunity to observe an experienced teacher in his/her classroom and debrief is helping to build more self-confidence and efficacy within the new teachers. These opportunities are a tremendous asset to the board as we build capacity within our system.