Category Archives: Building Continuity

Professional Learning

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A professional learning space that has been developed by our Teacher-Librarian Ms. Mott for our Professional Learning Teams.

We sometimes think of learning as “something that students do”. This week, I also want to share some of the professional learning our staff engages in at our school. The scope of that learning is wide.

We use our P.A Days to also look at our School Improvement Plan (SIP). Our plan complements the Board Improvement Plan developed each year. This year our plan will have four main areas:

  • Learning and Teaching
  • Environment, Engagement and Well Being
  • Equity and Inclusivity
  • Building Leadership Capacity and Succession Planning

Today, staff members from various school committees shared their initial planning and work that has been achieved. These committees included: Eco Schools, Healthy Schools, Parent Engagement and Safe & Supportive Schools. Each of these committees work under the umbrella of Positive Climates for Learning in our school. This work represents additional time staff devote beyond their instructional programs to support student achievement and well being. We look forward to sharing more of our work on our School Improvement Plan at our November 6th School Council Meeting.

Last week, our school also launched it’s Professional Learning Teams. This year we have committed to job embedded learning opportunities for teams of staff to work through collaborative inquiries on student learning. Our work has focused on student learning needs that we started to discuss at our September P.A Day. We meet in grade teams that also include our Teacher-Librarian, Special Education Resource Teachers and myself as principal. We have made a commitment to meet early in the year, learn, implement our learning and thinking in our classrooms and then reconvene 6-8 weeks later to monitor our work. We work through a cycle of determining student learning needs, planning, teaching, assessing, evaluating student progress and monitoring our overall results. So far the sessions so have provided rich dialogue and planning.

I appreciate the staff’s commitment to building professional learning communities at our school.

Mr. Collins

 

 

Building Continuity

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C.C shared image via Keith Ramsey

Our Board’s Early Years Learning Strategy contains the important tenet of “Building Continuity”.

As a board, we believe that “if we establish links and reciprocity among programs and environments and we promote continuity in the delivery of education, care, and family supports then all children will experience smooth successful transitions”.

As a staff, we have considered this tenet through a question:

“what do we see the journey of the child who starts at our school in Junior Kindergarten looking like as s/he moves through the primary grades”?

One of our goals will be to work together collaboratively to support a seamless education from K-3 for all of our learners. Some of our initial work on this area will include:

  • Building strong grade teams at our school that collaborate closely with each other and across the grades.
  • Working closely with our Before and After Care provider York Professional Care and Education. In fact, our work will begin next week to set up their programs.
  • Developing family engagement opportunities such as our Family Engagement Evening in April and our Welcome to Kindergarten Evening.
  • Developing local partnerships with the Mount Albert Community and beyond.
  • Establishing partnerships with our board and SEAC professionals who can support our learners and continuity of practice, including:
    • our speech and language pathologists,
    • our physical and occupational therapists,
    • our special education coordinator,
    • our school social worker,
    • our school psychologist.

Further, we are all new to our school. Therefore, our most important work will be working together as a community to support each other with our first important steps of our incredible journey together.

Here’s to building the links and to building continuity.

Mr. Collins