Director's Message

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Welcome to the Durham District School Board.

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the DDSB and our 132 schools and learning spaces. Together, we all play a role in the education of today's children and tomorrow's leaders. 

It‘s always an exciting time at the DDSB, but even more so since the launch of Ignite Learning, our multi-year Strategic Plan for 2018-2021. In creating the Plan, we listened to and consulted with stakeholders through a dynamic digital survey and a number of focus group meetings. Our students, staff, parents/guardians and community partners shared fantastic ideas that resulted in the core priorities within our three-year Strategic Plan.

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Our focus on Innovation has been our Leveraging Digital Strategy, with three main components.

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In year two of our Leveraging Digital Strategy, DDSB has accomplished the following:

  • 30,000 Chromebooks in the hands of DDSB students
  • 2,400 iPads supporting Kindergarten and Grade 1 students
  • 100 per cent of secondary school teachers were offered training on Google classrooms and the G-Suite platform

We are working hard to equip our students with the global competencies required to adapt to fast-paced and dynamic changes in technology. This will prepare them to thrive in the workforce of the future.

Moving forward, our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusive practices will continue to be a major area of focus. The establishment of our new Equity & Diversity Strategic Plan outlines DDSB's vision and goals. Our school board has proven that diversity is our strength, as we see our students succeed while feeling comfortable in inclusive learning environments. We support and value the power of diversity in the DDSB.

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We have a dedicated Board of Trustees which provides governance and strongly advocates for our diverse and incredible students within our communities.

Parents/guardians, students, staff, and Trustees – we all have vital roles in our education system.

And together, We Are DDSB!

Lisa Millar

Durham District School Board

Director of Education