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 Stories

Cartoon speech bubble displaying, "What's Your Story?"

Here’s the question: 

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



This is the singular focus of Reimagine Forward.  

  • What have you seen or experienced?  
  • What are you doing?  
  • What have you created?  
  • What works?  
  • What have you learned along the way?  

Think big.  Think positive. Be innovative.  The "secret sauce" is here among us.  

Check out these stories!  Add yours.  Thank you.

Thank you for sharing your story with us.
SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: Thank you so much for contributing your stories! The submission deadline was May 23rd. A report will be coming to the HDSB Board Table in June.

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    Fun experiences in high school

    by trullc, 4 months ago
    As a student, I cannot remember much of my academic experience. However, the things that stick out from high school and made me want to return as a teacher were the fun experiences (ie. Grade 9 days, Spring Fun Days, Field Trips, school wide fundraisers, etc). These were not acadmic pursuits, however, they made school a fun place to be and allowed me to build more quality relationships with peers and staff. How can we re-emphasis this in our schools?
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    Release time for teachers to create and plan

    by trullc, 4 months ago
    There is not enough time in the day to teach, mark, create/sustain relationships, coach, run clubs and have a life outside of school (kids, hobbies, etc). The quality of educational experiences would be enhanced if teachers were afforded more collaborative release time to create engaging and experimental lessons together with peers. The students would directly benefit and teachers would be reinvigorated and excited to build together.
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    Smaller class sizes

    by trullc, 4 months ago
    Help secure funds for more teachers to help decrease class sizes and improve the quality of student-teacher relationships and learning experiences.
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    Focus on outdoor, experiental learning

    by trullc, 4 months ago
    Please help provide staff with the necessary training and resources to incorporate more outdoor experiental learning in their classrooms. This is off-screen time spent in nature, with an emphasis on individual class topics, mindfulness and awareness of the beauty around us.
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    Mandatory World Religions class

    by trullc, 4 months ago

    in order to help improve understanding, empathy and compassion in our school communities, making World Reiigions class available & potentially mandatory for all students if a positive step in the right direction. By learning about one another's belief and value systems, we can begin overcome ignorance and intolerance and work together to see the world through each others eyes.

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    Allow kids to fail

    by trullc, 4 months ago

    We have been slowly removing the opportunity for kids to experience failure and the positive growth that comes from living through it, reflecting on it and making the necessary changes to ensure it doesn't happen again. If we continue to eliminate these growth opportunities for our young people, we are doing them a grave diservice. (see book 'The Gift of Failure', by Jessica Lahey) If we don't provide them with these opportunities when the stakes are low, then who will? Although the current system of student success is well intended, it is robbing young people of important life experiences.

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    Ban phones in classrooms!!!

    by trullc, 4 months ago
    The levels of phone addiction in our young people is tragic. We need a cohesive, Board backed, strategy to help remove phones from the class and allow for students to be present in the space and open to being curious, creative, collaborative, critical thinkers. The current appraoch is in shambles and is not effective. Please help!
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    Starting High School at 9 or 10am

    by trullc, 4 months ago
    The research done at post-secondary institutions indicates that we start school too early for teenagers sleep patterns. If we are in the business of helping them be successful, it's on us to figure out how to get school to start later in the morning.
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    Daily Physical Education

    by trullc, 4 months ago

    We know the strong correlation between exercise and the brain (ie. Spark, Go Wild) and the ability of quality daily physical fitness to help improve obesity, mental wellness and relationships. Pair that with the work of groups such as PE4Life in the US (20 year study) regarding academic improvment and it's time we helped offset the increase in sitting by doing what we can at school and implementing quality daily physical education with an emphasis on getting the heart rate into the target zone.

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    Active transportation to/from school - walking school bus

    by PLMom, 4 months ago

    Majority of students live within walk-to distance to their school, the rest (unless in some optional program) qualify for the school bus. Yet, many parents drive their kids to school thus contributing to traffic congestion around the school & neighbourhood and carbon emissions. For most parents, there is a conflict between their work schedule and school bell times. I understand that many parents are uneasy letting their kids walk alone, or wait at the bus stop alone, and it also depends on age. But at some point, kids reach an age where they enjoy getting to/from school on their own... Continue reading

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