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:
- 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.
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
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