Message from the Director

I am very pleased to share with you, our Avon Maitland District School Board’s 2017-2018 Director’s Annual Report. We are excited to highlight in this report, some of the learning opportunities that engage, inspire and motivate our students. As an educational system that strives to promote positive, inclusive learning environments and maximize outcomes for students, I am very proud of our staff who provide a plethora of programs to meet individual needs and interests.

Our work is guided by the core goals that are outlined in our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. Throughout the year, we gather and analyze a number of sources of data to understand the implications of our work, to set direction or tweak our focus. Our yearly goals towards the work in our Strategic Plan are set out in two documents, Our Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being (BIPSAW) and also, a new document we created called the Director’s Work Plan.

Our new Director’s Work Plan is written in action oriented language as it reflects the key accomplishments we set out to achieve throughout the course of the year. The work in the BIPSAW is what we want to achieve directly with and for our students. The work in the Director’s Work Plan is all of the other work, sometimes behind the scenes, that must take place in order to build capacity of our staff, ensure safety and equitable practices in all areas of our system, and to intentionally improve the environments and resources that ultimately impact learning in each of our schools and board offices. The goals of our Director’s Work Plan are also reflected as “Next Steps” under each section of our Strategic Plan.

Each team in our board also has their own department plan, just like each school’s improvement plan, that outlines all of the details of implementation for each goal outlined in either the BIPSAW or Director’s Work Plan, and the tools for measuring progress along the way.

Publically reported data such as EQAO results at grades 3, 6, 9 and 10, illustrates that over time, we are making slow and steady progress. In some areas that haven’t shown as much growth, we are refocusing our energy on new strategies to improve student learning.

You will see in our highlight section that we promote a love of learning! We want students to be curious, confident and creative. We are committed to encouraging and engaging students as partners in their own learning. We value each child’s unique experiences and want them to feel comfortable sharing their opinions, ideas and asking questions as part of their everyday experience at school. When children are active members of their environment and their learning, they build a strong sense of belonging and maintain interest and motivation in school.

I would like to thank our staff, parents/guardians, and community members for their ongoing support of Avon Maitland schools. I would also like to commend our students for their positivity and passion for learning! A final thank you to our Board of Trustees for their leadership.

Dr. Lisa Walsh's Signature Dr. Lisa Walsh Director of Education, Avon Maitland District School Board
Engage, Inspire Innovate ... Always Learning
Dr. Lisa Walsh, Director of Education for the Avon Maitland District School Board