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The TDSB Inner City Advisory Committee


The Inner City Advisory Committee (ICAC) was set up in May 2005, on the advice of the TDSB Task Force on Model Schools for Inner Cities. As a partner of the ICAC, CUS members are active in the Model School Research Committee and in the Model School Summer Institute Committee.

Currently, the primary role of the ICAC is to oversee the implementation of the Task Force Report. A key recommendation of this report was the creation of seven inner city Model Schools. In September 2006, the first three Model Schools (Phase One) opened their doors: Willow Park Junior Public School in East Scarborough; Nelson Mandela Park Public School in Regent Park; and Firgrove Public School in the Jane/Finch community.


News Flash

TDSB Model School Phase 3

Work has begun on Phase 3 of the Model School for Inner Cities Project. The new phase is called Beyond Elementary. A Consultative Work Group on Inner City Education for Grades 7-12 has been formed. The goal of the Work Group is to determine how the Model School elementary project can be adapted and implemented for students in the Intermediate grades, and for high school students.

The Work Group has six Coordinators, including Jeff Kugler, Executive Director of the Centre for Urban Schooling. An initial forum has already been held, and there will be four subsequent meetings of the Work Group.  Each meeting will focus on different aspects of schooling.

Thursday December 14, 2007, from 6:00 - 9:00pm at Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute.  Focus:  Caring Relationships.

Thursday January 10, 2008, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.  Focus:  The Learning Environment.  Location Queen Alexandra Sr. PS.  

Thursday January 31, 2008, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the TDSB, 5050 Yonge St. Committee Room A.  Focus:  Building Supportive and Collaborative Structures.

Friday February 8, 2008, from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.  Focus:  Building Supportive and Collaborative Structures.  This session will be held at Nelson Mandela Park PS.

If you have any questions please contact Jeff Kugler at jkugler@oise.utoronto.ca or at 416-978-0176.


January 8, 2008:  A TDSB Inner City Advisory Committee meeting will be held at 5050 Yonge Street, in Committee Room A, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

September 10, 2007:  The ICAC approved a motion to set up an inner city secondary school work group.  The purpose of this group is to develop Phase Three of the Model Schools for Inner Cities program, with a focus on inner city high schools.  The Centre for Urban Schooling is helping to co-ordinate this work.

August 28, 2007:  The Model School Summer Institute took place at Monarch Park Collegiate Institute. The keynote speaker was CUSProfessor Lance McCready, who was a member of the Model School Phase Two Cluster Selection Team.

June 27, 2007:  The TDSB granted full funding for the Phase Two Model Schools, which are scheduled to open in September 2007. The selected Model Schools are Forest Manor Public School in Scarborough; George Webster Public School in East York; Bala Avenue Community School in the City of York; and Kingsview Village Junior School in Etobicoke. (Please click here for the letter sent to the TDSB from the Centre for Urban Schooling Directors in support of full funding for the Phase 2 Model Schools.)


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