Our Theory of Action:
If we focus on common coherent curriculum and effective instructional strategies, then students will become Creative and Critical Thinkers.
To develop this one goal, staff considered different areas of learning. We considered the district competencies of Think Critically, Create and Innovate, Collaborate, Contribute and the Ministry Competencies of Communication, Creative Thinking, Personal Responsibility and Social Responsibility. We asked ourselves which area(s) best encapsulated our past plans and also excited us. That is, which area of learning could we go deeper with that captured the learning outcomes, structures and strategies we already see as valuable. Through the refining process it was decided that staff would like to focus on the learning outcome goal of Creative and Critical Thinking.
As of January 2018, our structures and strategies for this goal are under development and are described for now as “coherent curriculum and effective instructional strategies.” These two areas have been identified as first steps as we focus on developing creative and critical thinkers. Both defining what we mean (coherent curriculum) and our classroom interventions (effective instructional strategies) are foundational elements as we work towards this goal.
Our School Learning Plan Revision Process
Generally, our School Learning Plan process is to use a yearly inquiry cycle of review, analyze, theorize, learn, intervene, collect data, reflect and then return to analyze. We believe in continuously engaging our stakeholders; staff, students, parents and community in our plan and our results. Our School Learning Plan Team meets once per month to develop the plan, next steps, and how to engage all stakeholders in meaningful ways in the development, implementation and reflection of the School Learning Plan.
So far this year, the process to engage staff, students and families began with surveying staff and families about the process itself. Data collected was used to inform this year’s process. We then had a series of meetings with the School Learning Plan team over the fall, where we reviewed the survey data, and the previous School Learning Plan. At these meetings we decided on next steps of how we would engage our stakeholders on the revision of the School Learning Plan. In every staff meeting over the fall and winter, staff discussed the School Learning Plan and did activities that inform and engage with the plan. The work done this fall and winter was described above, and will continue as the year goes on. At every PAC meeting, the work of the staff is presented to the parents for their discussion and feedback. This year, the PAC feedback has been extremely positive and supportive with the work of the School Learning Plan Team and the staff. This fall, students were asked to engage in the plan through a student forum. In this initial forum, six students in grades 4-6 were introduced generally to School Learning Plans, and asked for their feedback and input about Creative and Critical Thinking as a learning goal. They provided support and excellent input that was then used later by staff in a staff meeting activity.
Creative and Critical Thinking as a learning outcome goal addresses the learning needs of each and every student. Core competencies such as Creative and Critical Thinking impact all areas of a person’s life; mental, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual. These skills influence and contribute to the development of all learning across curriculum and life.
Please follow this link to view the School Districts Learning Enhancement plan https://sd48achievement.org/