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Advocating for special education programs.
We believe that specialized educational programs, such as International Baccalaureate® (IB) and Advanced Placement® (AP) allow a diverse set of students to come together in an educational setting and explore issues of interest in greater depth.
In October 2017, the Toronto District School Board's (TDSB) Ensuring Equity Task Force proposed eliminating these specialized programs in order to eliminate educational disparities between schools and standardize outcomes.
After consulting with students from the TDSB and across Canada, we formally adopted a position against this proposal, believing it would limit the self-actualization of students and potentially be detrimental to student learning and well-being.
Through a rigorous process of consultation and evidence-based research, we penned an open letter to the TDSB and called on students to share their thoughts with the Board using our online engagement platform which simplified the submission of comments to all Trustees of the TDSB.
Throughout the month, nearly 100 students submitted comments to the TDSB Trustees using our online platform and several others contacted Trustees directly.
The TDSB later announced it would not carry through on its plan to end specialized educational programs. We consider the campaign a success in demonstrating the power of student voice in affecting the decisions of education policy makers when well coordinated.
7 years. 5,000 students.
Since being founded in 2012 as the Organization for Ontario Secondary Students (OOSS), we have grown and evolved into the Federation of Canadian Secondary Students / Fédération des élèves du secondaire au Canada (FCSS-FESC) known today.
Over that time, we have developed new programs and services to better support secondary students and renewed our commitment to helping students develop better coping and resiliency skills to help them succeed, regardless of post-secondary pathway.
Since 2013, we have consistently grown our team to include more specialized skills to aid us in our mission of supporting Canadian secondary students while also being strong advocates for better public education.
We have a rich history and experience fulfilling both roles; supporter of students and advocate for education and we continue to innovate in the field of student support services to find new ways to enrich the educational experience and empower students.
Students attend our Aspire Conference to learn more about applying to university, learn how to write compelling applications, speak with recruiters and admissions staff, develop leadership skills, and most importantly, learn how to make a smooth transition from high school to their chosen post-secondary pathway.
Beyond the Aspire Program, we have also impacted students through our Elevate Program through regional workshops, seminars, and focus groups that address students from at-risk populations as well as those wanting to learn how to better cope with the stresses of student life, ranging from positive mental health and mindfulness to identity-based discrimination and resiliency.
The Elevate Program also supports students in navigating the complex processes that may exist within their schools and school boards to receive accommodations to ensure their academic success.