Strategic Plan

A Multi-Year Strategic Plan sets direction for the work of a school board by identifying values, priorities, and measures for success. It acts as a compass that guides collective actions for ongoing student-centered improvement across the learning organization.

Multi-Year Strategic Plan Road Map

All members of the DDSB community were invited to participate in a consultation process to develop a new Multi-Year Strategic Plan.  Hearing the aspirations, priorities, and feedback of students, parents, guardians, caregivers, staff, trustees, partners, leadership associations, advisory and community groups, and others is the most significant contribution in guiding the development of the new Multi-Year Strategic Plan. 

The DDSB affirms its commitment to upholding and promoting the rights of all students, families, staff, and community members.

The following opportunities to engage were made available during the development process: 

  • ThoughtExchange 
  • In-person focus groups 


View the Multi-Year Strategic Plan Roadmap poster 

Strategic Planning Board Reports

Thank you to all those who participated.  A new Multi-Year Strategic Plan has been developed and we look forward to rolling it out across the system.  The 2024-2028 Multi-Year Strategic Plan plan will be published to this website in the near future.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of questions are included in the survey? 
Questions for Students: 
  • What is most important to you about your school experience? 
  • What is working well for you now as a student in the DDSB? 
  • As a student, what would make school better for you?  
  • What advice would you give to a new DDSB student? 
Questions for Educators & Staff: 
  • What is most important to you about your work experience?  
  • What is working well for you now as a staff member in the DDSB?  
  • As a staff member, what would make work better for you?  
  • What advice would you give to a new DDSB staff member? 
Questions for Parents/Caregivers & Families: 
  • What is most important to you about your child(ren)’s school experience?  
  • What is working well for you now as a parent/caregiver or family member in the DDSB?  
  • As a parent/caregiver or family member, what would make your experience with the DDSB better for you? 
  • What advice would you give to a new DDSB parent/caregiver or family member?
Questions for Community/Organizations
  • What is most important to you about the school experience of students, staff members, parents/caregivers? 
  • What is working well now for students, staff members, parents/caregivers?
  • What would make school better for students, staff members, parents/caregivers?
  • What advice would you give to a new DDSB student, staff member, or parent/caregiver?
What browser should I use to complete the survey?
For the most secure and best experience, we recommend using the newest version of the following browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Will the survey be available in other languages? 

The survey has been translated into the most frequently spoken languages at home other than English in the DDSB. All versions of the survey are available in the following languages: Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Mandarin (Simplified Chinese), Tamil, French, and Urdu. Participants can choose their preferred language at the top of the cover page on the online survey and can view the translated survey questions by clicking on the languages below:

Disclaimer: We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original English document to support your understanding. However, due to the nuances in translating to a foreign language, slight differences may exist.

If you require an accessible or alternative format, please email 

Is the survey voluntary and anonymous? 
Yes, participation is voluntary and anonymous. Please do not share any names or other identifying information in your responses. This survey is administered in alignment with the Education Act, Section 169.1 to support the required development of a multi-year plan.
How will the responses be kept confidential? Who has access to the data?
A confidential and secure database will hold the responses. All responses can only be accessed by a small team within the Research Department, strictly for analysis and research purposes. These steps comply with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).

Current Plan

Strategic Plan September 2018-December 2023

The Durham District School Board has a multi-year Strategic Plan that was adopted in September 2018 following a thorough consultation with stakeholders.

DDSB staff create a yearly Operational Plan that relies on the strong foundation of the strategic plan to integrate strategies and actions being taken across departments and in schools to drive positive outcomes that support people and culture, and student learning and well-being to serve students and people across the DDSB. 

The plan was extended by the Board of Trustees by a further two years to September 2023, recognizing that the Ignite Learning Strategic Plan has become well known throughout the District and is prevalent in schools across the system. This extension provides stability for the system during the COVID-19 pandemic and continues the District’s important focus on six strategic priorities: 

  • Success
  • Well-Being
  • Leadership
  • Equity
  • Engagement
  • Innovation

A new strategic planning process will start in January 2023 to develop the next Strategic Plan for the Durham District School Board.

Questions? If you have questions or need any of the materials on this page in an alternative format, please email or reach our voicemail line at 905-666-6975.