Shelley Moore Returns to Support Educator and Leadership Professional Learning Pertaining to Inclusive Practices
The Learning Services and Program Departments welcomed Shelley Moore back to AMDSB last week to facilitate learning with AMDSB grade 7-12 teachers and administrators. Her recent presentation focused on strategies to design curriculum so that it can be accessed by all learners. School teams are collaborating to better understand how to design learning so that all students can develop competencies such as creativity, communication, critical thinking and collaboration.
Some AMDSB schools have been hosting commencement events. Trustee Rothwell had the pleasure of attending the ceremony at Listowel District Secondary School and reported a wonderful and well attended event. She also noted how well students are supported through scholarships and awards from the communities. FE Madill posted information on their ceremony and so did St Marys DCVI. Congratulations graduates!
National School Bus Safety Week
This week AMDSB is promoting the importance of school bus safety and celebrating our amazing school bus drivers. Additional information can be found here.
Stratford Project Update
In response to the the Board of Trustees’ request at the October 8, 2019 meeting, senior staff presented a consultation process. The Board approved the following motion: “that the AMDSB direct staff to proceed with a consultation process to consider Option A (grades 7 and 8 at Stratford Central and grades 9 to 12 at Stratford Northwestern), and Option B (grades 7 to 9 at Stratford Central and grades 10 to 12 at Stratford Northwestern); and that a Special Board meeting be held on November 19th wherein trustees will receive one delegation from each Stratford and area School Council.” Details on the consultation process can be found here.
Student Trustee Update
The Senators attended the Ontario Student Trustee Association (OSTA-AECO) fall general meeting where they heard from the CEO of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) who discussed how they are working on modernizing the test, specifically working with a student advisory group to ensure that the test is more inclusive to different groups, and give exemptions to students who struggle with mental health challenges. The OSTA-AECO is also focusing on a consultation process with the Ministry on the proposed e-learning plans for secondary students. This year, they are focusing on mentorships between student trustees to share ideas between different school boards. They are also working to grow the Ontario Public Student Trustee Awards (OPSTA), which recognize innovative initiatives, and the Ontario Student Voice awards in the areas of sports, leadership, social justice, cultural involvement, entrepreneurship, and the arts. Finally, the Wellness Working Group is looking at bringing an initiative from the Thames Valley School Board that provides free menstrual cycle supplies to students in need (Free the Flow).
The Student Senate met on October 22 and they reported that their Communications Officer has established their Instagram (@amstudentsenate) and Twitter (@AMStudentSenate) accounts and will begin promoting them to gain a following. Crayola marker project has begun and schools are already sending their markers back for recycling. They also discussed the upcoming mental health symposium (November 26 in Clinton) and requested that they be able to consult with the presenters to ensure that the presentations are relevant to the issues here in Avon Maitland.
Future Board Meetings
(at the Education Centre in Seaforth unless otherwise noted)
- Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. (Special Meeting to hear School Council delegations about the Stratford Project)
- Tuesday, November 26, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
(at Education Centre unless otherwise noted)
- Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) – Monday, October 28, 2019 – 8:30 a.m.
- Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) – Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
- Audit Committee – Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.