Board Meeting Highlights – Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Flipped Classroom

Adam Agar Presenting

Mitchell District High School Mathematics Teacher Adam Agar and Principal Emma Bannerman presented to the board "The Flipped Classroom". The new approach allows students to watch a video of an in-class lesson at home so that they may take notes and prepare questions for the following day. Students are given the full 75 minute instruction period to ask questions and work on the material based off of the 15-30 minute video lesson they watched the night before. This method allows students to work at their own pace, improve independent learning skills and reduce frustration associated with homework. The Flipped Classroom enables teachers to spend more time with each individual student and instruct multiple lessons depending on their level. Parents can follow along, watch the videos and provide additional support at home. Since the implementation of The Flipped Classroom students have had a better understanding of the material and have been more engaged in their own education. Adam Agar will be presenting The Flipped Classroom at Ignite Parents tonight Wednesday, April 9 at The Livery in Goderich

Strategic Plan Reflections

Chair of the Board Al Sygrove provided the Strategic Plan reflection, focusing on an inclusive education and positive impacts it has made in Avon Maitland.

Grants for Student Needs (GSN) Preliminary Analysis

The Grants for Student Needs (GSN) were announced on Thursday March 27, 2014. It is expected that the EFIS file, required for the detailed calculations will be released in mid April. The key highlights of the GSN are the inclusion of Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) funding, and funding for the Mental Health lead position in each school board within the GSNs.

Minister of Education Liz Sandals, in making comments during the GSN release, signaled the start of changes in response to the School Board Efficiencies and Modernization (SBEM) consultation announced with the 2013 Ontario budget and undertaken last fall, by focusing on the underutilized schools, with a measured and phased approach to promoting more efficient use of school space.

Two major components is a new four year School Consolidation Capital Program totaling $750 million, to be allocated on a business case basis. The second major focus is an allocation to boards for capacity building in undertaking the planning required to make more efficient use of space.

Consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), grants have been updated for salary and benefits changes, including the Teacher Qualification and Experience grant recognizing grid movement on the 97th day, and funding for sick leave plans, including the 11th day of sick leave, and the extension of maternity leave benefit plans.

There were a number of grant enhancements intended to address cost pressures beyond boards’ control. One enhancement, to keep up with facility costs is a 2% benchmark update to non-salary school operations such as utilities and insurance with a specific increase for electricity costs of 7.3%. There is also a 2% increase in the non-salary transportation benchmark netted against a board’s 2012/2013 surplus. The Ministry indicates that the total GSN is projected to increase by 3.1% over 2014/2015, however this includes full implementation of the Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) program, which as of 2014/2015 will be known simply as Kindergarten.

Select this link to view the GSN Report

Ignite Parents III at the Goderich Livery Theatre


The popular Ignite Parents event returns for its third straight year, this time moving from Perth County over to Huron. Ignite Parents 3 will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Livery in Goderich. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the presentations begin at 7:00 pm.

Ignite Parents Lineup

  1. Leigh Cassell: What If My Field Trips Came to Me?
  2. Missy Pfaff: What If You Included Me?
  3. Adam Agar: What If We Flipped Our Classroom?
  4. Farren Goos: What If I Could Really Change The World
  5. Terri Sparling: What If The Whole Community Did Raise A Chid?
  6. Roger Miltenburg: What If There Was Access For All?
  7. Heather Durnin: What If My Classroom Had No Walls Or Borders?
  8. Jennifer & Bronte Cronsberry: What If My Teachers Didn't Assign Marks?
  9. Richard Saunders: What If Every Student Has An iPad?
  10. Brian Hunt: What If I Had A Second Chance At Education?
  11. Kevin Ball: What If All Of Society Was As Welcoming As Our School System?

Tribal Vision, Visions of Turtle Island

Native man dancing

Avon Maitland District School Board is pleased to be hosting Tribal Vision. Tribal Vision is a Haudenosaunee dance troupe from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Visions of Turtle Island includes live singing and dancing, along with video and image presentations to help explain the dances and to illustrate the cultural experiences and stories of First Nations people in Canada. Performances will be held at Seaforth Public School, Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Anne Hathaway Public School, Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Both performances are open to the public and free of charge.

Creating a Caring Community


This is a very special Speaker Series on social health and wellness for the home, school and community. The first in the series of 3 events will be held on April 15, 2014 at Maitland River Elementary School featuring Dr. Erin Watkins, who will talk about the "Circle of Security".

Future Board Meetings (at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 5:00 Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 7:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session, 8:00 p.m. Regular Board Session

Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation (at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)

  • Recognition Committee: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 4:30 p.m.
  • PIC – Ignite Parents – Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. at The Livery, Goderich
  • SEAC: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Student Advisory Committee: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.
  • SAL: Thursday, April 27, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Trustee Information Night: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.