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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Food for all

Many kids go to school without much for breakfast and will pass the entire school period without a good, health meal. Without eating well they lose attention, capacity to think and consentration. They lose steam as well.

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Created on October 22, 2017 by stella.  2 comments

Free Food for Students/Those in Need

Students have enough on their plates without having to worry about food. We all know that grocery stores throw out thousands of pounds of food a year, much of it still edible.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by JessLoucks.

More Bang for your French Bucks

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

Life Lessons

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.

Online Scholar Dictionary for Ontario Students

Online Scholar Dictionary for Ontario Students
Students use google web search, books and magazines to find resources and information for their school projects and their studies.

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Created on October 26, 2017 by Euphemia.

Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention

The pilot project would consist of a counselor and a survivor of sexual abuse coming into an age appropriate class and speaking for one period preferably at the end of the school day.

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Created on October 31, 2017 by R.A.D..

Workshop for Educators - Part of an Adoption Lens Series hosted by the Adoption Council of Ontario

Adoptive, kinship and customary care families who are parenting children who have experienced trauma and loss in their early lives have encouraged the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) to promote a Professional Development Day session to help teac

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Created on October 26, 2017 by pat.convery@adoptontario.ca.

Science, technology, engineering, mathematics learning hand on wil help young and all ages

I believes in education through play. Introducing pre-school aged children to scientific concepts through hands-on experiential learning.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by DarLand5.

Increase EA and CYW support in the classroom and increase their wages.

The number of EA's ans CYW's in a school need to increased and they need to be available for all students, not just the one or two that may be a flight risk. All students benefit from small group and additional support.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Donna Elliott.

revised education

(I have been involved in operations management for the past 14 years and have noticed the education system needs to change, I have given a simple outline of changes required to benefit students for years to come and am willing to talk about this f

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Derrick1234.

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