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When you dream of an education system that supports all learners, what do you imagine? We want you to join the conversation. Join us as we dream together through DreamEd.

DreamEd | A WRDSB Initiative Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB)

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When you dream of an education system that supports all learners, what do you imagine? We want you to join the conversation. Join us as we dream together through DreamEd.

    Episode 3: Centring Student Voice in Learning with Dr. Peter Gamwell, Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa – Faculty of Education

    Episode 3: Centring Student Voice in Learning with Dr. Peter Gamwell, Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa – Faculty of Education

    “If you offer someone an opportunity to take on a project that they feel passionate about, well immediately you have unleashed their curiosity, unleashed their creativity, their imagination, their dream state, and that leads to such a depth of learning. What I really like about it is it naturally leads to inquiry. When you go down that pathway, you stop doing what the traditional education system does for the most part, which is finding the answers to questions; instead, you flip it and you start questioning the answers.”
     
    Dr. Peter Gamwell, Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, believes that when you empower students to have choice, a voice and self-direction, it imbues learning with significance. Gamwell emphasizes that students who actively participate in their own learning pathways are more engaged and able to develop valuable critical thinking skills and challenge norms. 
     
    Foundational to supporting student success and well-being is the belief and understanding that “there are seeds of brilliance that lie within absolutely everybody,” said Gamwell. We need to value it, act on it and challenge ourselves to think from a strengths-based perspective. Through service leadership and connections with communities, we are able to create inclusive learning spaces that foster creativity, innovation, engagement and well-being for all students.
     
    Join the conversation between Waterloo Region District School Board Director jeewan chanicka and Dr. Peter Gamwell as they discuss the future of the education system. Dream with us at WRDSB as we work to transform the possibilities and potential for public education.
     
    Learn more about WRDSB’s DreamEd initiative: https://dreamed.wrdsb.ca/ 

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    Episode 2: Building Flexible School Communities with Camille Williams-Taylor, Director of Education, Durham District School Board

    Episode 2: Building Flexible School Communities with Camille Williams-Taylor, Director of Education, Durham District School Board

    “Like it or not, our learners - adult learners and kid learners - are really motivated and self-directed. It speaks to me about what then does public education need to do to facilitate that for kids who have the capacity already - whether it is capital, the ability to, people to resource them - or kids who could do it if they had those opportunities? That’s where public education can really level the playing field.”
    The role of public education is to create milestones, opportunities and resources to close gaps and create the learning environment and opportunities for all students to be successful. Camille Williams-Taylor, Director of Education, Durham District School Board, believes that the approaches to public education should be flexible to support student achievement and well-being. Schools are spaces that need to reflect the diversity of learners and communities it supports and build communities.
    Williams-Taylor suggests it is important to expand our thinking about the possibility of what school spaces might look like and how to create the flexibility that is needed and necessary to close gaps and remove economic and social barriers to education so that all students can graduate and be prepared for their future pathways. The impact of this thinking will exponentially influence our communities and will reinforce community-building efforts.
    “We need to get comfortable with the notion of one person, one conversation, one classroom, one student, one experience at a time,” says Williams-Taylor. 
    Join the conversation between Waterloo Region District School Board Director jeewan chanicka and Camille Williams-Taylor as they discuss the future of the education system. Dream with us at WRDSB as we work to transform the possibilities and potential for public education.

    • 48 min
    Episode 1: The Freedom to Dream with Dr. Andrew B. Campbell, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

    Episode 1: The Freedom to Dream with Dr. Andrew B. Campbell, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

    “There are so many of us, including students, parents, teachers, and administrators - we don’t even know what it means to dream.
    Albert Einstein has been attributed with saying, “You can't solve a problem by using the same thinking that created it.” If we want to disrupt the education system and transform it into a system that supports the potential of all students, we need to break out of conventional thinking and knowledge that is limited by colonial structures and systems preventing us from dreaming. During an interview with Dr. Andrew B. Campbell (Dr. ABC), Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, he shares how he envisions a new education system that is built on relationships.
    “People are ready for the freedom dreaming, you know,” says Campbell. “There are spaces that people are already saying we want to do something different. I think what is holding a lot of these people back … is the policies, structures and ideas.” 
    Join the conversation between Waterloo Region District School Board Director jeewan chanicka and Dr. Andrew B. Campbell as they discuss the future of the education system. Dream with us at WRDSB as we work to transform the possibilities and potential for public education.

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    Making Connections to Future Careers with Welding

    Making Connections to Future Careers with Welding

    Students at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute in Kitchener are making connections to their future careers in Shaun Chandler’s welding shop. We spoke with Chandler, and some current and former students to learn more about what they’re learning, and how it shapes their options for the future. 
    Visit the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) website for more information. 

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    Students Return to the Ice in Victoria Park

    Students Return to the Ice in Victoria Park

    On a chilly Thursday morning as a fresh layer of snow blanketed the ground, Grade 8 students and staff from Courtland Avenue Public School gathered at the skating rink in Victoria Park in Kitchener. This was one of many trips that Allison Moore, a guidance and physical education teacher, has made this winter season.

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