Reimagine Forward Spring 2022

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Hello! We are glad you’re here.

Reimagine Forward was and is an open invitation to the HDSB community and beyond. The submission window has now closed. During this engagement, participants shared ideas and stories to develop big picture, innovative opportunities about how the publicly funded school system in Ontario can evolve. Stay a while and check out the contributions that were made.

Reimagine Forward is about planting the seeds for positive, inspiring community building and change.


Here’s the question:

“What are the big moves needed to reimagine public education?”

This is the singular focus of Reimagine Forward. Think big. Think positive. Be innovative. The secret sauce is here among us.


Reimagine Forward is a grassroots project initiated and led by the HDSB Trustees. Submitted ideas will be reviewed by Trustees to influence local policy making and will be shared with participants, the Minister of Education and other Ontario school boards and education organizations in June.

When Reimagine was launched, we promised to:

  • read all of your ideas and stories and let them influence local policy making.

  • package up all of the ideas and stories and share them with you, the Board of Trustees, the Director and Senior Staff, the Minister of Education, Boards from across the province and education organizations. You can check out the letter that was sent, and share the findings too.

Participation Closed May 23. Thank you to one and all!

The Report is now available.


Positive change starts with thinking about and reimagining public education. Let's work together to share stories and ideas. Stay for a while to check out all of the contributions.

Let’s Reimagine Forward: Together.


Hello! We are glad you’re here.

Reimagine Forward was and is an open invitation to the HDSB community and beyond. The submission window has now closed. During this engagement, participants shared ideas and stories to develop big picture, innovative opportunities about how the publicly funded school system in Ontario can evolve. Stay a while and check out the contributions that were made.

Reimagine Forward is about planting the seeds for positive, inspiring community building and change.


Here’s the question:

“What are the big moves needed to reimagine public education?”

This is the singular focus of Reimagine Forward. Think big. Think positive. Be innovative. The secret sauce is here among us.


Reimagine Forward is a grassroots project initiated and led by the HDSB Trustees. Submitted ideas will be reviewed by Trustees to influence local policy making and will be shared with participants, the Minister of Education and other Ontario school boards and education organizations in June.

When Reimagine was launched, we promised to:

  • read all of your ideas and stories and let them influence local policy making.

  • package up all of the ideas and stories and share them with you, the Board of Trustees, the Director and Senior Staff, the Minister of Education, Boards from across the province and education organizations. You can check out the letter that was sent, and share the findings too.

Participation Closed May 23. Thank you to one and all!

The Report is now available.


Positive change starts with thinking about and reimagining public education. Let's work together to share stories and ideas. Stay for a while to check out all of the contributions.

Let’s Reimagine Forward: Together.


Reimagine Forward Declaration for Public Education - Have a look and consider signing!

Public education supports each and every student in the pursuit of their passions. The global COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on systemic and long standing issues in public education and beyond AND it has given the opportunity for positive, transformative change. This change has already begun through the imagination and ambition of students, staff, families, elected leaders, and community advocates. The purpose of this declaration is to elevate, empower and grow this community of changemakers and continue the forward momentum of public education and society for the better. This isn’t meant to be more work for already stretched and stressed people, systems and society; it is meant to be different work. Reimagining forward is essential. Change must belong to many. Many must be part of change.

As a changemaker for public education, I/we commit to:

1. Reimagine a supportive system to actively ideate, create, evaluate and communicate new

ways of engaging students in well being and learning.

2. View physical spaces and the curriculum as a launch pad for questioning, discovering and

learning so generations of learners are ready for change, embrace opportunities and can

tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.

3. Create policies and practices that encourage people to experiment and innovate, adapt

and adopt new ideas, approaches, resources, and partnerships.

4. Make, value and nurture connections with and between all students, staff, families and

community partners.

5. Share ideas, data and outcomes, failures and successes broadly and freely, and

celebrate.

6. Your ideas go here.

This declaration should be used as a jumping off point and stretch beyond words to actions, small and large, so that together, we change hearts, minds and systems to truly reimagine and reshape school for all students for a just and inspired today, and tomorrow.


I/we add my/our voice(s) to this declaration by signing it, sharing it, adapting it and acting on it.

Sign on or leave a message.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

As the sibling of a Teacher Librarian, I've had the pleasure of witnessing my sister find her true calling. Her commitment springs from a place of joy and determination to make a difference in students' lives. She has reinvented this role, evolving as needed to support learners as they navigate through the complexities of becoming who they are. She holds space for them, providing a variety of tools for kids to express and learn about themselves and the world they inhabit. The work she does goes beyond books, and beyond the formal structure of the classroom. She is nimble, able to pivot to provide what is needed; she provides a safe place to explore technology, culture and identity, among other things. And of course she is a champion of literacy. If public eduction is a place to adapt to new ideas and nurture connections, let's give our schools a fighting chance. Public school students deserve to learn and grow in a place with a Teacher Librarian.

Support_TLs 5 months ago

The Library/Learning Commons should be the hub and heart of a school. I’ve worked hard to populate our shelves with books that serve as mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors (as Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop beautifully expressed), in order to reflect commonalities, provide insight into others’ realities, and create empathy for different human experiences. My bigger dreams include providing resources for students to explore at home: not just books, but technology, musical instruments, sports equipment, board games, puzzles, and cooking kits providing recipes and utensils.

(Tread lightly: there is an elephant in the LLC, easily overlooked with its massive shoulders stuck between the mobile shelving units, tech carts, Lego walls, Maker Space stations, and flexible seating ).

In our LLC, I’ve hosted frequent book talks and conversations to spark student interest and move them out of their literate comfort zones. Students should be able to share their enthusiasm for reading and writing with the entire school community by creating ‘bookalike’ posters and podcasts, video book trailers and musical summaries. Students should continue to be inspired by meeting not only authors and illustrators, but everyday innovators, fearless explorers, and environmental activists: all within the LLC. I’d love to host a Human Library to bridge gaps and build empathy for others' lived experiences.

I’ve helped students make connections between fiction and real life, where groups or individuals came up with solutions to problems presented in stories and designed prototypes. I’d like to maintain a regularly used Maker Space again, for students to ‘make’ their own stories with Lego, loose bits, plasticine, and robotics. In order to support STEM education, I’d organize monthly design thinking challenges for students to find solutions to real-word problems they’ve identified. Educators could amplify student voices by providing opportunities to share responses to questions that arise during cross-disciplinary exploration.

The LLC should be a place where all students see themselves reflected in both its physical and virtual spaces, and even in the imaginary ones. It can be a hub where students envision and investigate pathways for future successes. The heart of it should be a safe space for genuine engagement, fearless exploration, and meaningful interaction between all members of the school community and the world beyond its walls.

Back to the elephant in the LLC: Who curates the tools and resources made available to enhance learning in each unique school community? Who provides opportunities for students to practice and consolidate 21st Century Skills? Who collaborates with teachers to facilitate technology-integrated, cross-curricular education? None of these actions are possible without sufficiently staffing our school libraries with qualified TLs.

How do we reimagine HDSB schools? Staff ALL HDSB school libraries with qualified teacher librarians supported by library technicians.

Elephant in the LLC 5 months ago
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