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Ruthanne Waldick

Secondary School Teacher

"Pathway planning is a lifelong process that requires all students to be able to adapt to changes in themselves and the world around them. Through this planning process all students are encouraged to discover who they are, explore opportunities, pursue their interests and design personal pathways to success, supported by all members of the communities that surround them."

Ruthanne Waldick

Secondary School Teacher

Janet Baird-Jackson

Superintendent of Business

"We are continuing to build on our two-year partnership with the IEC (Industrial Educational Cooperative) to create a safety culture from the ground up. Our vision is that working and learning together every student, employee and visitor is safe everyday, that vision is 24/7. To support that we have been undertaking a lot of training notably with secondary science teachers and with EAs. We have also undertaken a safety culture survey to establish a baseline and shape the way ahead. The good news from that survey is that over 80% of our staff believe that workplace injuries can be prevented which is a great baseline in which to continue moving forward and learning together."

Janet Baird-Jackson

Superintendent of Business

Ruthann Waldick, Secondary School Teacher Amy Kipfer, Special Education Services Janet Baird-Jackson, Superintendent of Business
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Create Positive, Inclusive
Learning Environments in 2013-2014

" If we honour all student pathways with a focus on individual strengths, needs and learning preferences, then we will recognize that each student has his or her own unique pattern of learning and can succeed. "

Strategies

  • Professional development in using the eLearning Ontario Career Studies course in a blended learning approach will be provided for career studies teachers
  • Student Services and Career Studies teachers will participate in professional learning opportunities on how to support students in the completion of an Individual Pathways Plan (IPP)
  • Grade 7 and 8 teachers and administrators will be provided training on the use of MyBlueprint software and how to use the software in monitoring implementation of the IPP

Indicators of Success:

  • All students in grades 7-12 will complete an IPP which affords students the opportunity to establish and monitor their progress toward academic and other personal goals in collaboration with school staff and parents
  • All students in grades 7-12 will use MyBlueprint as tool to assist with course selection, to explore career options and to assess personal interests

" If we create a culture of acceptance and inclusion, then all students, parents and other members of the school community will be welcomed and respected, and every student will be supported and inspired to succeed in a culture of high expectations for learning. "

Strategies

  • Learning For All Coaches are engaged in job-embedded partnerships around inclusionary teaching practices, with the exceptional learner as the focus
  • Learning For All Coaches will work with their collaborative partners on building knowledge and understanding of practices which support social and/or academic inclusion

Indicators of Success

  • Through a self-assessment survey, the collaborative teacher partners of Learning For All Coaches will establish baseline data on their knowledge and application of inclusive education indicators. A post-survey will be administered to self-identify growth over time on a continuum of the same indicators
  • Increase the amount of time students with the following exceptionalities spend in the regular classroom participating in purposeful academic and/or social programming: Intellectual: Developmental Disability & Mild Intellectual Disability, Communication: Autism, Physical: Physical Disability and Multiple: Multiple Exceptionalities

" If we provide resources, training and supports to school staffs, then we will create safe learning and working environments, in collaboration with the broader community"

Strategies

  • Monitor Parklane/School Boards Cooperative Inc. (SBCI) data to establish trends and implement strategies with the goal of changing philosophies to reduce the number of accidents and incidents over time
  • Create Safety Culture survey for system to assess where the system is regarding safety and share the philosophy that safety is 24/7
  • Use results of survey to determine the next steps in building a sustainable culture
  • Bring in external companies to assist Science department members in creation & maintenance of safe working environments, science classrooms & chemical storage rooms
  • Complete AMDSB specific Science Safety Guidelines, inservice staff on the guidelines and implement
  • Establish peer review model for on-going monitoring of safety in science labs
  • Maintain on-going peer review model & enhance dialogue in a job embedded model to enhance safety in Tech shops

Indicators of Success

  • Downward trends in accidents and incidents in various areas are sustained over time
  • All administrators will receive safety awareness training & practical training on how to have safety awareness conversations with staff
  • All Education Assistants will receive safety awareness training & practical training on how to engage in respectful safety awareness conversations
  • Voluntary Safety Culture survey results will establish baseline data and perceptions of Safety Culture in AMDSB
  • Science classrooms & chemical storage rooms are up to standard for safe working practices and Science department members are comfortable in maintaining spaces
  • Peer review model of Science labs is understood by Science staff, commenced and monitored by school principals
  • Annual peer review of Tech shops and job embedded professional dialogue is undertaken, and monitored by school principals