TDSB names Kathy Witherow as new interim education director

The Toronto District School Board has appointed a new interim director of education as it continues its search to find a permanent director.

The board said Tuesday night that Dr. Kathy Witherow will take over the role from Carlene Jackson next week.

Jackson was appointed interim director of education in July following the retirement of former permanent director Jon Malloy. That same month Jackson said she would be leaving the post by mid-October in order to become Ontario’s new comptroller general.

Since 2018, Witherow has served as associate director of leadership, learning, and school improvement at the TDSB.

“Kathy has been instrumental in leading, developing and implementing our return to school plans,” TDSB Chair Alexander Brown said in a statement. “As we continue to face the changing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for teaching and learning and school safety, the board has every confidence that Kathy will

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TDSB turns to supply teachers for online classes as e-learning demand surges

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“Given the reality that we’re facing right now and the changing information over the summer, we could not begin that as early as we had hoped, so the timelines have been quite tight, and then over the weekend it became abundantly clear that the numbers just weren’t adding up.”

The newly hired teachers can’t immediately start their classes since — they need to be trained to use the board’s online learning platform, among other things, he said.

The TDSB announced Monday it was again delaying the start of some virtual elementary classes as more students signed up for online learning.

It said while the online courses were set to begin Tuesday, some classes had not yet been assigned a teacher.

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Students with no teacher assigned were expected to start off with independent learning.

The board said 60,000 students

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TDSB postpones start of some online classes as e-learning demand surges

Canada’s largest school board is once again delaying the start of some of its virtual elementary classes as it tries to keep up with growing demand for online learning.

The Toronto District School Board says 60,000 elementary school students have now signed up for online classes amid rising COVID-19 case numbers, and it originally intended them all to begin their studies on Tuesday.

But the board now says it hasn’t been able to assign staff to all classes, meaning some students will have to wait to begin school until they have a teacher in place.

“We have around 500 teachers [that] still have to be hired so that we can have everyone up and running,” said TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird. 

The TDSB says parents and students will have to log on to its online learning portal on Tuesday morning to find out if their lessons can get underway on schedule.

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