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Chief Tomat Elementary
Home of the Wolverines
Our Learning Plan

2019/2020

We began in September 2019, by reviewing the big  ideas and themes identified last year.  For the purpose of launching  into the learning phase of inquiry,  we identified a learning focus for our staff:

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  • Through collaborative inquiry, how can we nurture "self-regulated" learners through engaging, powerful and purposeful learning tasks?
Our work is also guided by the Central Okanagan Public School's Achievement Contract which identifies goals and objectives for each learner in our district.  Please refer to the district website for more information. In summary, the objectives are listed below:
  • To develop strong emergent literacy skills of Pre-K and Kindergarten Children
  • To ensure development of the foundational early literacy skills of grade 1-3 with 94% of students meeting or exceeding expectations on the the Early Learning Profile
  • To ensure continued development of communication and literacy skills of students in grades 4-12; specifically students' ability to access, understand, process and effectively use oral, written, digital, and multimedia forms of communication for a range of purposes and audiences with 90% of students meeting or exceeding  expectations on their report cards.
  • To enhance literacy skill development of Primary Aboriginal Students with 90% meeting or exceeding expectations in literacy.
Structures and supports were established for our staff to begin learning.  Our teachers developed collaborative inquiry teams and began to meet every Thursday, on a rotational schedule,  to deepen their learning.  This structure will continue throughout the year. Our district's collaborative Learning Services team (also referred to as the Instructional Leadership Team) attends our school this day to support learning by:
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  • co-planning and co-teaching  lessons to support teacher inquiry
  • being a source of educational research and best practice for our teams                                                                     
  • using the OECD Principles of Learning and the First People's Principles of Learning to guide our work

As the new principal of Chief Tomat Elementary School, it was important for me continue with work in the scanning phase.  The following scanning information below, will be shared with our school team including staff and parents, once it is collected. As well, it will be posted on our learning journey.  Scanning will include information and voices from the following sources:
  • Staff scan.  In October, Mrs. Kaupp spent time with each staff and asked the following questions:
    • What excites you most about where we are headed as a school? What concerns you?
    • What learning are you engaged in and how is it making a difference for our learners? What are your next steps? What support do you need?
    • Tell me about the ways our school helps students, staff and families feel like they belong?
  • Student scan.  We are currently interviewing students around their learning, why it is important and next steps. We are asking students to tell us about adults at school who believe in them.  Other questions are designed to identify strategies that students may or may not use to navigate learning. 
  • Parent/Caregiver scan.  At the beginning of October 2019,  parents were given the opportunity to answer the following questions:
    • Tell me about some of the ways our school helps your child feel like they belong?
    • What excites you most about they way our school is headed?  What concerns you?
    • What learning is your child engaged in?  Why is it important?
    • What are some things we could do to support you and your child's learning?
  • Literacy Assessment Data:
    • In October 2019, our teachers assessed our student's literacy skills. This information will help guide instruction and additional support a child may need. Our school uses a "School Wide Write" to assess our learners writing skills. Our school uses another assessment known as the Early Literacy Profile" which assesses each area of literacy and provides a reading level for each learner.  Although this literacy assessment is 'ongoing' the initial data or snapshot will be used in this scan.
  • Report Card data-specifically numeracy information
  • Collaborative Teacher Meetings such as 'Class a  Glance' meetings are a great source of scanning information.  Each teacher shares information about their class's strengths, learning challenges, and needs.
  • School Based Team meetings and meetings with parents.  During these meetings, we work together in efforts to understand each learner and make a plan that is specifically tailored to the child's needs.
  • Foundational Skills Assessment data, a BC Ministry of Education assessment which looks at math and literacy skills
  • Information shared and gathered during PAC meetings
  • Grade 4 Ministry of Education, Learning Survey- completed in February 2020

In  February 2020, the  information gathered from the 2019-2020 scan was shared with our learning community in efforts to continue our inquiry.  Staff and parents, who serve on the  Parent Advisory Council, looked at the results of the parent and student scan.  During the February 2020 staff meeting, teachers examined this data  along with first term report card data, school wide write data, Early Learning Profile data and FSA results.  The staff documented their thinking in terms of:

  • Notices
  • Wonders or questions they had
  • Important and consistent trends 

Student Scan:  Approximately 35% of our student population, participated in this survey.  From the data collected, all students who were scanned reported that they believe  there are three or more adults who believe they will be a success in life. Students named a variety of staff including teachers, CEAs, the principal, the custodian and Noon Hour Supervisors. When asked about their learning and why it is important, students shared about content specific learning (titles) such as "reading, writing, and math."  Often they shared strategies they were learning. Many students were able to make connections to why their learning was important with real life applications. Students overwhelmingly took a positive stance over how their learning was going.  The majority of  students shared their learning was going "good" or "really well."  When asked about their "next steps" in learning, the data showed us that students had a difficult time with this area. They could not articulate their next steps on the continuum of learning or their personal learning goals. Most students were able to articulate strategies they would use during learning if they felt 'stuck' or 'frustrated.'  

Grade 4 Learning Survey:  Approximately 86% of our grade 4 students participated in this survey.  The results of this survey showed consistent patterns; overall, most students feel our school is a place where they belong, feel welcome and safe (82%-97%), most students could name 3 or more adults at school who believe they will be a success in life, and most students feel happy at our school and like being here (85%-87%).  Interestingly, when asked, "Do you know what things are considered when you work is assessed?"  65% of students said that they had some knowledge of this.   

 Parent Scan:

The same approached was used to examine parent responses.  Responses were sorted into common themes. From there, trends were identified. Please see here for results of the parent scan: Emerging Themes from the Parent Survey January 2020.pdf

Focusing:

As a community, our  learning focus for 20-21 will be in three areas:

1.  Develop staff and students' understanding of how to identify and articulate where students are in their learning and next steps in learning to ensure that students are reaching their full potential.  Staff will use:

  • clear learning intentions
  • co-created success criteria around meaningful, engaging tasks
  • conferencing and effective feedback with students
  • growth based assessment language to guide student learning

2.  Developing  consistent, literacy structures based on best practice in writing instruction and assessment, so our learners will experience  fluid, connected and powerful learning resulting in improved literacy skills. 

3.  As a learning community, work collaboratively with parents and staff to continue to ensure every family feels welcomed and engaged in our community.

 Please refer to our 'Evidence of Learning" to view some of our staff meeting and other student learning activities.

In mid-March 2020, the BC Ministry of Education announced the suspension of all in-school instruction for students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, and our school board,  our CTE community of learners (students, parents and staff), shifted from in-class to remote learning.  Please see here for a summary of our journey together:  March to June 2020.pdf


2018/2019

  • "One thing"

    • In April of 2018, staff and parents where asked to respond on three questions:
      • What's one thing you are proud of at Chief Tomat Elementary School
      • What's one thing that you would like to grow?
      • What's one thing that we should know?
    • Based on this feedback and an Appreciate Iquiry model, we have come up with the following to represent our growth for the 2018/2019 school year
      • The circle in the center represents what we are proud of at CTE
      • The four cicles on the outside represent areas we would like to grow
      • The notes represent specific topics of focus
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  • Finding Joy

    • Education should be a joyful experience.  In order to find joy, we believe that our students need to find their "flow" 
      • We will use the following chart as a way to assess our students, as well for our students to assess themselves, to determine if they are in the "flow," which in turn will make their education experience more joyful
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2016/17 Learning Journey (Evidence)

  • Implementing Redesigned Curriculum

    • CTE staff have invested significantly in learning/implementing the redesigned curriculum
    • Implementation Day: Collaborating with ILT (Instructional Leadership Team) and Glenrosa Elementary Staff - integration of provocation tables, science and language arts
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    • Implementation Day: Inclusive Planning Model (Shelley Moore)
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  • Early Literacy Intervention

    • Small group instruction and intervention driven by Early Learning Profile data
    • VIDEO TO BE UPLOADED
  • Intermediate Math Lab

    • Small group instruction and intervention driven by Early Learning Profile data
    • VIDEO TO BE UPLOADED