Board Meeting Highlights – Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Abby Finds a Voice

AbbySuperintendent Peggy Blair shared the story of Abby Congram of Stratford Northwestern and highlighted the coverage of Abby's accomplishment on the CTV National News.

Abby Congram is 14 years old, and she’s never said a word. The Stratford Northwestern student suffers from Rett Syndrome: a rare disorder that affects one in every 10,000 individuals.

CTVThe neurodevelopmental condition, which occurs almost exclusively in females, is caused by the mutation of the MECP2 gene on the X chromosome. It stunts growth, affects speech and coordination, and is characterized by repetitive hand movements.
(Story details and photo courtesy of CTV National News)

Select this link to read more and watch the CTV News report

Public Delegation

Kimberly Henderson of Stratford spoke to the Board regarding a request for a bus stop at the corner of Briarhill Drive and Oakdale.

Learning for All Coaches
Lorrie Goos, Amy Kipfer and Missy Pfaff on Inclusive Education

InclusiveCurrently Avon Maitland has 20 Self-Contained classes for students with Developmental Disabilities & Mild-Intellectual Disabilities. Now the Board is moving to a more inclusive model for these students with special needs. Inclusion is an environment where all students have the right to attend a regular classroom with their age appropriate peers. All students will have their social, emotional, physical and academic needs nurtured. Everyone will feel safe, respected and valued. Inclusion will create a climate where everyone embraces and accepts diversity. The classroom teacher will take the lead responsibility in developing and implementing programming.

Educators within a classroom are the most influential factor in promoting successful inclusion within education setting, not just in classrooms, but in hallways and staff rooms.

What is the Role of a Coach?
The Learning Coaches,like Lorrie, Amy and Missy work with teachers in the classroom to support teaching practice through the inquiry framework. They participate in Professional Learning Communities. They align their work with Program Departments and collaborate with Learning Services. They also assist in communication with the school community.

Boundary Adjustment – Listowel Area Schools

Staff has been monitoring housing developments in the immediate Listowel area over the last number of years, particularly in the southeast corner for the last two plus years. As developments have progressed with the construction of family dwellings over the last year it is timely for administration to consider boundary adjustments that will best serve students from the development areas and the existing community. There are two areas subject to this adjustment; both currently part of the Elma Township PS boundary and the historical Elma Ward. The Municipality of North Perth confirms Watson and Associates’ projection that indicates approximately 300 new dwelling units may be constructed over the next 5 plus years.

In this case very few families reside in the adjustment area. As a result, staff has contacted and consulted with individual families on a case by case basis where the change will affect currently enrolled students of the board. Staff will implement this boundary adjustment for the start of the 2014/2015 school year. Communication regarding the adjustment will be sent home with students of the affected schools.

Future Board Meetings

(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session

Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation

(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
SEAC: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – 4:00 p.m.
PIC: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – 6:00 p.m.