What’s happening in Rainbow Schools?

Rainbow educators take part in professional learning ahead of new school year

The 2021-2022 school year got off to an early start for educators in Rainbow Schools.

Staff had the opportunity to network, reflect on teaching practices, gain new skills, and collaborate with others during the Rainbow District School Board’s Summer Institute on Tuesday, August 24th and Wednesday, August 25th. Sessions, which were held in person with health and safety protocols, spanned all grades with a focus on literacy, developmental trauma, equity, mathematics, and mental health. Participants learned strategies to nurture student success.

“As we prepare to welcome students back for in-person learning, we remain focused on student well-being and achievement,” said Director of Education Bruce Bourget. “Our first goal will be to safely reconnect with students, creating supportive communities within our classrooms and schools. When students feel safe and supported, when they have a sense of belonging, they are ready to learn.” He added: “Staff will be strong allies for all students.”

On Wednesday, September 1st, 2021, educators and support staff engaged with Dr. Michael Ungar, a leading authority on resiliency. Michael Ungar, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University. His ground-breaking work as a family therapist and resilience researcher is recognized around the world, with much of that work focused on the resilience of marginalized children and families, and adult populations experiencing mental health challenges at home and in the workplace.

Staff also reviewed the COVID-19 health and safety protocols for schools. “Health and safety, as always, remains the first and foremost priority as we continue to work together to keep everyone safe,” said Director Bourget.

On Thursday, September 2nd, equity, inclusion and well-being were highlighted. Staff focused on trauma awareness and building resiliency in classrooms.

Rainbow District School Board reminds parents/guardians and students that there is still time to register. The first day of school is Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Learn more at rainbowschools.ca.

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Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171 ext. 7217

Photo: Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School teacher Connie Newman works with different systems for recording numbers during a de-streaming Grade 9 math workshop presented during the Rainbow District School Board’s Summer Institute.