TDSB School Board Trustee's Report - Anu Sriskandarajah
ADDITIONAL MUSIC PROGRAMS COMING TO SCARBOROUGH-ROUGE PARK SCHOOLS!
Starting this school year, the TDSB has expanded its IMI (Itinerant Music Instructors) enrichment program to include 17 new schools. As a result of this expansion, more than 1,200 new students will have access to the program through 1,600 new IMI hours. The expansion of the program is the result of a review of the distribution of IMI hours, which found that some schools had a disproportionately high allocation of hours, while others had none. The IMI program is an enhanced program and the TDSB is one of the few school boards in the GTA that funds IMIs. IMIs support but do not replace elementary teachers who deliver the arts component of the provincially mandated curriculum. The new IMI hours will support strings at nine schools, band at four schools and steel pan at four schools. From the 17 schools across the Board (across 22 wards), Scarborough-Rouge Park has been able to get additional music supports at TWO of our schools!
TDSB APPOINTS FIRST INDIGENOUS STUDENT TRUSTEE
Clarity M. Smoke, a Grade 9 Anishnaabe student from Monarch Park Collegiate Institute, has taken her seat as the first ever Toronto District School Board Indigenous Student Trustee. Clarity has been actively involved in raising awareness of Indigenous history and culture within post-secondary institutions, political agencies and community organizations alike. During her spare time, Clarity attends Indigenous cultural celebrations, singing on the Pow Wow Trail and dancing Northern Women’s Traditional. Throughout the school year, Clarity is an active member of the Toronto Indigenous Youth Council as part of her advocacy in the Toronto area. She also pursues other artistic avenues, such as playing the violin and painting. While in this position, she would love to introduce more Indigenous Knowledge into the education curriculum, as well as provide more voices like hers to be heard when dealing with racial issues and situations.
DIRECTOR’S ANNUAL REPORT 2019
The Director’s Annual Report for the Toronto District School Board was released on December 11, 2019. The report is a ministerial requirement that highlights some of the important work that is happening across the system and accomplishments from the past year.
The Director John Malloy’s Annual Report can be found at: