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. (Ontario’s Well-being Strategy)
The 2018/ 2019 work plan towards Well-being includes:
- Increase counselling support for students
- Support Mental Health Champs in specific mental health focus areas identified in schools’ learning plans and according to the Leading Mentally Healthy Schools reflection criteria
- Foster an improved sense of well-being in schools for students and staff
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 2018/ 2019 work plan towards Equity and Inclusive Education includes:
- Develop a gender identity administrative policy
- Conduct, analyze, and report on student identity-based data
- Build a Collaborative Learning Services Network within each secondary school to further support educators to meaningfully include all learners academically and socially
- Establish practices for equitable hiring
- Elicit student voice in school level decision-making
- Establish summer learning opportunities focused on gap closing in literacy and numeracy
- Develop a new structure of focused and aligned support to close gaps in literacy and numeracy K-12
- Solicit feedback from international students about their sense of belonging and inclusion into AMDSB schools to improve their experience and build our program
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 2018/ 2019 work plan towards ensuring Safe and Welcoming Learning Environments includes:
- Create a transition support document for students with special needs moving from elementary to secondary school
- Implement and review AP 314 Supporting Students with Prevalent Medical Conditions in Schools
- Full review and revision of APs as it relates to medical and recreational cannabis
- Increase registration in CASE and Riverside by increasing access, positive promotion and the use of culturally responsive pedagogy
- Implement a safe schools campaign to identify and respond appropriately to bullying and conflict
- Launch improved website and enhance profile through the “#PhoenixPride” (formerly “Rise of the Phoenix”) campaign at CHSS
- Develop and implement an online incident reporting tool
- Create and train staff to use an Employee Health and Safety Handbook
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 2018/ 2019 work plan towards Continuous Learning for All includes:
- Promote learning opportunities (IEAC learning trip and post-secondary option exploration) for FNMI students
- Create an employee succession planning strategy including the leadership development program
- Establish a recruitment retention and on boarding strategy as part of a Human Capital Management Plan
- Develop, implement and monitor new performance appraisal processes for teachers, principals, and EAs as part of a Human Capital Management Plan
- Build upon relationships and establish common vision with the Collaborative Professionalism Committee
- Build capacity and monitor growth using revised learning structures for administrators
- Deliver blended model professional learning to staff
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 2018/ 2019 work plan towards Progression of Skills includes:
- Monitor and respond to students at-risk using Taking Stock
- Develop a new Technology Plan for AMDSB
- Convene a Steering Committee to identify strategies to support enhanced student engagement, achievement and skill development (4Cs /1P)
- Develop cross-panel, cross-discipline collaborative inquiry teams
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. (Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario, 2014)
The 2018/ 2019 work plan towards Accelerated Growth in Literacy and Numeracy includes:
- Re-culture the role of the SERT to include a focus on math and language subjects in the elementary panel
- Identify and implement targeted resources and PD to support teachers’ understanding of teaching and learning of operational sense in math
- Organize grade 7-10 language/English teachers into networks to build capacity of topic development
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 2018/ 2019 work plan towards Stewardship includes:
- Prepare a 2019/2020 budget that clearly demonstrates alignment to the goals in the Strategic Plan
- Provide information in a format that meets the needs of various stakeholders: Ministry, Trustees, Senior Staff, system and public
- Revamp the traditional budget work schedule to allow time for reflection and discussion regarding departmental budgets and the connections to the Strategic Plan
- Explore alternative reporting formats, with the goal of providing qualitative as well as quantitative information in a format that is more user friendly for public consumption
- Migrate all schools to consistent and efficient use of School Messenger for effective communications
- Demolish SCSS 1958 wing and construct new addition following all Ministry requirements
- Investigate and develop new vision for SCSS 7-12 and SNSS 7-12 which respects required Ministry right-sizing
Avon Maitland DSB schools should be places where we see fairness, justness and impartiality at play.
The 2018/ 2019 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 2018/ 2019 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.