CUS Facilitator(s): Dr. Nicole West-Burns, Jeff Kugler, Karen Murray
Associate Facilitators: David Ast, David Montemurro, David Cameron
Toronto District School Board (TDSB): Central Technical School Administrators and Staff, Ainsworth Morgan, Antonino Giambrone
As a response to the TDSB Closing the Achievement Gap Task Force Report-DRAFT, CUS was asked to be a part of a team to work with Central Technical School as a pilot site for this project. The idea was to support closing the gap for students at CTS for whom the system has not worked. CUS began this process in a very collaborative way, requesting that the CTS administrative team invite teachers to the table to discuss their ideas for the professional development process. Teachers, administrators, TDSB and CUS personnel have worked through extensive planning meetings to plan two ½ day professional development sessions for the entire school staff in the spring of 2011. These sessions have focused on the rationale for this project; system data highlighting the issues for historically marginalized racial populations; sharing of student voice tied to these issues; “difficult” conversations about demographics tied to achievement; and activities to focus on what teachers have control over in this process of change. A researcher is a part of this team to document the process and contribute to the creation. At the moment, the TDSB has committed to provide support for this project at CTS for at minimum the 2011-2012 academic year.