The Director’s Work Plan directs and defines the efforts of senior staff to support the priorities identified by the Board of Trustees. In general, the areas of focus throughout the Director’s Work Plan include: Well-being, Equity and Inclusive Education, Safe and Welcome Learning Environments, Continuous Learning for All, Progression of Skills, and Accelerated Growth in Literacy and Numeracy. The work plan is also directed by the guiding principals of Avon Maitland District School Board: Stewardship, Equity and Character.
Well-being can be understood to be a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging that is felt when our cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs are being met.
The 2019/2020 work plan towards Well-being includes:
- Promote and measure the impact of a new health and well-being preventative support program for staff, “Life Speak”.
- Intentionally build student capacity to identify coping mechanisms, resiliency and mental health challenges in others, and awareness of how to respond.
- Build guidelines for and implement our new Cornerstones Program which will include the development of measures for student growth in the area of self-regulation.
Equity and Inclusive Education
Inclusive Education is based on the principles of acceptance and inclusion of all students. Students see themselves reflected in their curriculum, their physical surroundings, and the broader environment, in which diversity is honoured and all individuals are respected.
We envision an inclusive education system in Ontario in which:
- all students, parents, and other members of the school community are welcomed and respected;
- every student is supported and inspired to succeed in a culture of high expectations for learning.
The 2019/2020 work plan towards Equity and Inclusive Education includes:
- Ensure student enrollment and outcomes continue while students and families travel to Mexico during the winter. This project is in partnership with other boards and is called the ‘Tu Puente’ project.
- Consult on the development of AMDSB belief statements for Inclusion.
- Implement strategies and supports for students who have self-identified as Indigenous. This includes strengthening partnerships with Indigenous community members as well as increasing staff knowledge and understanding of Indigenous perspectives, histories, current realities and ways of knowing.
- Ensure equitable and reliable access to technology by implementing processes that manage devices.
Safe and Welcome Learning Environment
Avon Maitland DSB schools should be places where everyone – children, students, staff, parents and community – feels welcome, safe and respected.
The 2019/2020 work plan towards ensuring Safe and Welcoming Learning Environments includes:
- Create and launch a community-wide video promotional campaign to promote AMDSB to increase and maintain enrollment in AMDSB schools.
- Improve staff safety by reducing slips, trips and falls.
Continuous Learning for All
In AMDSB, Continuous Learning for All refers to the ability to continually improve skill set and increase knowledge in order to successfully adapt to a changing world. Learning can transform an individual’s life and allow for more success at school, work and home.
The 2019/2020 work plan towards Continuous Learning for All includes:
- Establish community partnerships to create certifications for students in 12+ years. Create two certifications and engage students in participation.
- Develop, implement and monitor performance appraisal processes for EAs, TRAs, office staff and supervisory officers.
- Develop and Implement a mentoring support program for new Ps/VPs as part of employee succession planning.
- Develop guiding principles and belief statements about learning in collaboration with unions and association partners based on the consolidated findings from the #Shareyourvoice consultations.
Progression of Skills
In AMDSB, the development of the skills of communication, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and problem solving are aligned with the development of the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy and core subject areas. Well developed skills and competencies will support our students long term success as global citizens.
The 2019/2020 work plan towards Progression of Skills includes:
- Develop an AMDSB technology skill continuum to support educators to make explicit connections between technology use and skill development.
- Increase awareness of and exposure to all pathways (apprenticeship, college, university, workplace, community) with specific focus on technological studies, skilled trades and apprenticeships.
- Implement the Deep Learning for All networked learning hubs in all 7-12 and 9-12 schools which will support educators to know and respond to the diverse needs of their learners through an examination of curricula; deconstruction and application of one of the skills of creativity, communication, critical thinking or collaboration; planning and developing authentic and rich tasks; and increasing engagement.
Accelerated Growth in Literacy and Numeracy
In AMDSB, students of all ages will achieve high levels of academic performance, acquire valuable skills and demonstrate good citizenship.
The 2019/2020 work plan towards Accelerated Growth in Literacy and Numeracy includes:
- Complete an evaluation on the impact of IT interventions used to support literacy and numeracy outcomes (LEXIA and Dreambox).
- Improve primary numeracy learning by developing a focused learning hub for elementary educators around knowing their learners and responding to their needs.
The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. Avon Maitland DSB will operate with stewardship as a guiding principle. Stewardship at AMDSB pertains to our students, our financial and non-financial resources and our environment.
The 2019/2020 work plan towards Stewardship includes:
- Build awareness and showcase sustainable practices through purchasing and student actions in schools.
- Demonstrate alignment between the annual budget and the four-year Strategic Plan and the annual Directors Work Plan.
- Develop new vision for SN and SC buildings.
Avon Maitland DSB schools should be places where we see fairness, justness and impartiality at play.
The 2019/2020 work plan towards Equity includes:
- Work to ensure students and staff see themselves reflected in their school communities and in their curricula.
Character development will make AMDSB’s vision of education truly balanced and holistic as we revisit the foundations of an equitable and inclusive public education – namely, intellectual, character and citizenship development. (Finding Common Ground, 2008)
Character development is the deliberate effort to nurture the universal attributes upon which schools and communities find consensus. These attributes provide a standard for behaviour against which we hold ourselves accountable. They permeate all that happens in schools. They bind us together across the lines that often divide us in society. They form the basis of our relationships and of responsible citizenship. They are a foundation for excellence and equity in education, and for our vision of learning cultures and school communities that are respectful, safe, caring and inclusive.
The 2019/2020 work plan towards Character includes:
- Continue to promote common character attributes that align us as a school board, individuals, and community members and global citizens.