Toronto District School Board

Improving School Effectiveness

As Canada’s largest school board, we are always looking for ways to improve our system so that all students, staff, parents/guardians and members of the community feel connected, involved and supported. That’s why we’ve introduced a new strategy to improve the effectiveness of our schools, make us more responsive to the needs of our communities, and increase student achievement and well-being.

Learning Centres

The creation of four new learning centres is one of the key elements of this new strategy. As of September 2016, all TDSB schools feed into one of four learning centres. Learning centres are hubs where staff collaborate and share resources. 

Each centre is staffed by:

  • Learning coaches who will provide extra support for teachers in the classroom
  • Seven superintendents, led by an executive superintendent
  • Staff from the TDSB’s professional support services department, including psychologists, social workers and counsellors

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Learning Centre Model
Last updated: May 4, 2016

Learning centres will be closely connected to the schools they support and will be able to better serve the needs of school staff, students and parents/guardians.  

The learning centres:

  • Provide classroom teachers with extra support
  • Allow staff to better identify and respond to the learning needs of students 
  • Improve communication with parents/guardians
  • Make it easier for students, parents/guardians and the community to navigate the system
  • Help resolve any issues or concerns in a more timely manner
  • Ensure that all students across the TDSB have equitable access to programs and services




Learning Centres

"Our vision is that despite the size of Canada’s largest school system, the TDSB can act and feel local when our schools are well-supported and highly responsive and our parents and communities are more connected."
-- John Malloy - Director of Education

"While the Board will continue to be guided by a strong central governance structure and central administration support, Learning Centres will offer a more responsive, flexible and localized support to schools that will have a direct impact on classroom instruction and student achievement."
-- Robin Pilkey - Chair of the Board

A Version of Learning

Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire
the knowledge, skills, and values
they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.
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