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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Catholic Social Justice

Trustee Rep: Norman Di Pasquale
Alternate Rep: Frank D’Amico
Staff Lead: Nick D'Avella, Superintendent of Education

Terms of Reference (Draft):
Catholic Social Justice Committee
Mandate: to advise the Board on Policies, Programs and Services which close the learning opportunity gaps for school communities.
Report to: TCDSB Student Achievement, Religious Affairs and Human Resources Committee.
Liaison:   TCDSB Nurturing Catholic Community Committee and Staff Equity and Inclusive Education Committee, Catholic
Student Leadership Impact Team
Frequency : To meet quarterly.
1. Support the implementation of evidence based strategies grounded in Catholic Social Teaching that close the learning opportunity gap for school communities.
2. Create links with external partners to support the mandate and understand the alternative means by which the learning opportunity gap may be closed
3. To listen, understand and act upon student voice and community concerns.
4. Develop and/or promote learning opportunities for  school communities through the lens of  the social teachings of the Church
5. Develop and/or promote professional development opportunities for staff through the lens of  the social teachings of the Church.
It is understood that this terms of reference will be reviewed by the Social Justice at their first meeting.. Any recommended substantive changes to the terms of reference will be brought back to the Board for approval. 
Composition of the Committee:
· Student Representative and alternative selected by CSLIT
· Trustee and alternate:  Trustee Jo-Ann Davis,  Trustee  Maria Rizzo (alternate)
· Parent Rep  chosen from parent organization as per TCDSB protocol for choosing parents..
· Superintendent of Education
· School Administrator
· Archdiocese Rep
· TCDSB Social Work
· TCDSB Research
At the initial meeting Trustee, Student rep, Archdiocese rep and Parent rep membership determine composition of    members external to the TCDSB and have their decision ratified by Student Achievement and Wellbeing, Catholic Education and Human Resources Committee.
Initial  planning meeting for Catholic Social Justice Committee:
October 16 2013,  5:30 pm @ CEC
Draft Agenda:
1) Review of  Terms of Reference
2) Criteria and consideration l for external committee membership
3) Preliminary discussion with understanding of the Learning Opportunity Gap.
4) Setting dates.