School Plan for Continuous Growth 2020-2023 (year 2)

School Mission: Guided by the Gospel, Catholic tradition and International Baccalaureate® philosophy, Annunciation Catholic Elementary IB World School empowers all students to become internationally-minded, life-long learners and contributing world citizens who are stewards of the Earth. In addition to the eight Characters of Catholic Education and the Core Values of our district, at Annunciation Catholic Elementary IB World School, we also emphasize the IB learner profile. IB learners strive to be: • inquirers • knowledgeable • thinkers • communicators • principled • open-minded • caring • risk-takers • balanced • reflective.
School Vision: Inspired by the Catholic faith, students will learn, work together and make informed choices as internationally-minded citizens.
School Charism: Inspired by St. Mary, the Mother of God, we say YES to a life of service, action, and love.

Priority:  Growing in Faith
Our students and staff will learn and live the Word of God through worship, witness, and service.
Key Strategies:
F.1 Empower students and staff to express and share their gifts from God and explore the school’s charism and its importance.
F.4 Provide formation opportunities for students and staff that further their participation in our faith and enable them to discern the presence of God in their lives.
Actions we will take
Our staff has committed to ensuring that the school charism is displayed in every learning space. It is highlighted in our monthly newsletters and weekly during our morning announcements, but ensuring that every student is aware of our school charism is our goal since a life of service, action and love is what we want for all of our students. We are also looking to supporting more student-initiated action that is intentional and carried out under the guidance and supervision of staff and parents. Making more connections between the parish and the school has been a challenge, especially during the pandemic. We have participated in a few virtual masses, but would like our students to engage in more. Ash Wednesday was a great way to get the ball rolling this year. Father Glenn was able to have a virtual meeting with grade two students this past year; organizing more connections to be made between individual classes and clergy is also a priority for the upcoming school year. Teachers can organize these types of virtual meetings individually with parish staff or archdiocese clergy. The school chaplain can support these initiatives with teachers as well. Weekly visits, whether in-person or virtual, as was done in the past, would be where we want to get back to. School staff would also like to highlight a saint of the month for each month and take some time over announcements and in the newsletter to educate our school community about the saint and how their actions have impacted our faith.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • Monthly newsletter articles showcasing action projects
  • Publication of exemplars of our projects in the Division Social Justice Report
  • Evidence of school/parish connections in our Instagram and Twitter feed
Priority:  Student Success
Through a holistic approach, students will develop to their fullest potential through multiple pathways.
Key Strategies:
S.1 Identify and apply best practices for curriculum implementation to ensure student success.
S.2 Implement teaching and assessment practices to deepen students’ understanding and to increase ability to target teaching and improve learning.
Actions we will take
Our teaching staff will be ready to immerse fully in professional learning sessions regarding the Continuum of Reading Development so that the 5 Pillars of Literacy are embedded and integral to the literacy programming in every classroom and the Behaviours, Screening and Progress Monitoring, and Resources are fully utilized. This would also include consistent guided reading and the use of Heggerty in the Division 1 classrooms and with upper elementary struggling readers (as well as small group intervention). In addition, cross-graded groupings will be utilized where there is a need. The teaching and learning of numeracy has been enhanced with the new resource of Math Up which is to be utilized in every Grade 1-6 classroom. Differentiation can be addressed through this resource as well. Currently, not all teachers are using Math Up confidently; it has been a struggle to introduce a new program through a pandemic due to the constant pivot from in-person to remote learning. Teachers need to peruse the program and understand how to introduce this program with their students and determine a consistent schedule. The MIPI will also be used to inform teaching.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be measured using:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Student Learning (Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exam Results)
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of High School Completion
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Citizenship
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Student Learning Engagement
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environment
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Access to Support and Services
Local Measures:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Access to Help, Support and Resources
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Student Engagement
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Safe and Caring Learning Environment
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
  • Provincial Achievement Test results
  • Division shared common assessments
  • MAST
  • Reading Screeners
  • Data from the Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI)
Priority:  An Excellent Place to Work and Learn
We will provide an optimal learning and working environment that fosters a culture of faith, trust, unity, inclusivity, confidence, respect, value and appreciation for one another.
Key Strategies:
E.2 Develop, promote, and oversee the application of excellent professional practices consistent with the Teaching Quality Standard, Leadership Quality Standard, and Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard, all which guide and support student achievement.
Actions we will take
At Annunciation Catholic IB World School, our Leadership team takes great pride in ensuring teachers have the optimal conditions to do their best work. When teachers have the resources and tools for teaching, this influences high levels of student achievement. We will be focusing on three big areas for professional learning next year: Literacy, Inquiry and Assessment. Teachers will be knowledgeable and incorporate the 6 principles of the Assessment 360 Plan in teaching and learning. Conscious identification of each of the principles will be applied. In-house PD will be planned with the focus being on the various principles in the Assessment 360 Plan. Teachers also are encouraged to attend Division professional development opportunities. Communities of Practice will be initiated to share professional development and/or effective teaching practices and resources. Inquiry-based instruction will continue to be a focus of development at our site. Personalized professional learning and resources will be offered to teachers in order to strengthen their practise in learning engagements.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be measured using:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Education Quality
Local Measures:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Teaching and Assessment Practices
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Staff Engagement and Respect in the Workplace
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Overall Satisfaction with Edmonton Catholic Schools
  • Provincial Achievement Test results
  • Division shared common assessments
  • MAST
  • Reading Screeners
  • Data from the Math Intervention/Programming Instrument (MIPI)
Priority:  Building Our Future Together
We will engage in good stewardship of all resources through principled governance and engagement.
Key Strategies:
B.3 Ensure that resources are being used effectively and efficiently while providing flexibility for how schools and departments meet their unique needs.
B.5 Ensure decisions are data-informed; enable best practice indicators and transparency to ensure continuous improvement.
Actions we will take
At Annunciation, we are very proud of our learning space and our goals in meeting the needs of our 21st century learners. All purchases for school-based resources go through a consultation process to ensure we are meeting the needs of our school community. Our school council is one example where open communication and monthly meetings allow for continued dialogue around supporting our student body as needed. As an IB school, we are continuously looking towards innovative ways to support our students in fostering student agency and action as they question the world around them. All decisions are data-informed, and all communication is shared with our stakeholders through newsletters, our website, school based social media accounts, communication with teaching staff, and simply visiting our school. We welcome all feedback from our stakeholders. The school will continue to monitor the schedules of the multi-disciplinary team members in order that student needs are being met to the best that our school resources will allow. Monthly team meetings will be held consistently to ensure the needs of our tip of the pyramid (academic and behavioural) students are being met. Teacher budget requests will be submitted at the end of September and the School Budget Committee will make decisions based on school budget and resources already on site.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will also be measured using:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Parental Involvement and,
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Budget-Actual Comparison
Local Measures:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Parent/Guardian Involvement
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Implementing Frameworks and Procedures
  • School budget
  • Homeroom class sizes
  • MDT effectiveness
  • Staff Division Satisfaction Surveys
  • Parent Division Satisfaction Surveys
  • School Council Feedback
November Review:
GOAL 1 - Charism is displayed and highlighted. No monthly parish masses due to the pandemic. Fr. Glenn attended our Gr. 4 Bible Celebrations in person. Little Liturgies are used in the class and school celebrations. Saint of the month-Will look at a few saints over the next months and share information about them over announcements beginning with St. Nicholas in December. GOAL 2 - Literacy – Reading Screener Assessments - Students in Grades 2-6 have received these assessments and strategies are being put in place with the support of our consultants. All teachers met with ELA consultants to review their students’ literacy screener data and identify ways to adapt teaching practices that meet the needs of the students. Staff received PD by the consultants on the first two pillars - Phonemic Awareness and Phonics. Additional literacy assessments were administered by the LC to students who struggled with the assessment provided at their grade level. Gr. 2 teacher was provided with a Sound Wall kit by the ELA consultants to trial to focus on articulation of phonemes. Small group reading intervention is being provided to our Gr. 3 students. ESL students and K - Gr. 2 are using the Heggerty program. Gr. 3 has focused on reading intervention strategies and will look into the Heggerty program after Christmas. Other resources include: Phonics Teacher Resource by George K. Georgiou; West Virginia Phonics and the Sounds Wall-Tools4Reading; SLP support to help targeted practice for students with language delay in kindergarten. Unable to have any cross-grade groupings at this time due to COVID protocols Numeracy – Math Up resource is a good resource, but continue to supplement with other resources. Mathletics works well with the Math-Up. Mathletics allows for the use of skills to supplement math concepts.Teachers will continue to receive support in becoming more familiar with this new resource. Gr. 1 teachers have joined the Div. 1 Math-Up COP. Grade partner collaboration with planning and use of Math Up. Consultants will also be working with teachers with this resource. MIPI was not used as the Division mandated a new math assessment, the MAST. This assessment was completed with all students in Grades 1-6. Gr. 4 is also using the Reflex Math programs to improve basic Math facts GOAL 3 - Staff professional development in the areas of Literacy, Inquiry and Assessment has been ongoing since the start of the year. This has included both Division PD and in-house PD.Two staff members attended the IB Workshop: Evidence in Learning (effective use of assessment during inquiry based programming) Assessment - Grade partner collaboration when using assessment programs such as PTPro. Parents have received information regarding assessment practices through the division, as well as school-wide emails, meet the staff presentations and class emails. Professional development sessions on ongoing assessment provided to staff and common Tier 2 words identified with staff and assessment language. One on one assistance provided by the learning coach to teachers on how to assess students on an adapted program and document their progress in their IPP. Communities of Practice and Collaboration have been established through our Book Clubs led by our LC with a focus on Inquiry and Assessment. Google documents are set up for shared dialogue. FMNI focus is highlighted at the staff meetings and on a central bulletin board. GOAL 4 - Open communication is evident within our school community and SC. Mental Health surveys were completed by students in Gr. 4-6 which showed great supports are available for our students and students are aware of how to access these supports. MH Champion meetings attended monthly. We will continue to make students aware of the people and resources available to them when needed. MDT Meetings occur several times a month. Classroom team meetings occur with MDT team and LC to discuss strategies to support students and share their progress.
February Review:
GOAL 1 - Charism continues to be displayed and highlighted. Hoping to begin monthly masses in April. Little Liturgies are used in the class and school celebrations. Saint of the month-Staff has been provided with resources for Saints such as St. Nicholas, Valentine and St. Patrick. GOAL 2 - Literacy – Reading Screener Assessments - Staff is working through strategies and PD on final 3 Pillars will be completed by May. Sound wall and other strategies have been shared. Small group reading intervention continues to be provided to our Gr. 3 students. Support provided to EAs with regards to the Reading Intervention Program, working in small groups, with a focus on phonics and phonemic awareness. ESL students and K - Gr. 2 continue to use the Heggerty program. Gr. 3 has focused on reading intervention strategies and will look into the Heggerty program in the coming months. SLP support as well as TASL hired to help targeted practice for students with language delay in kindergarten. Still no cross-grade groupings at this time due to COVID protocols. Our ESL students receive support in small groups to develop literacy skills each week. Numeracy –All teachers have received PD on Math-Up resource. Math consultant modeled lessons at every grade level and met with grade partners to debrief and provide support. Admin and LC debriefed with consultant. Goal is to complete one complete lesson by May. Further debrief with consultant later this year. Teachers have had opportunities for in-class visits and observations of Math-Up lessons. Numeracy Intervention Teacher is providing supports to our Grade 1 classes. GOAL 3 - Staff professional development in the areas of Literacy, Inquiry and Assessment has been ongoing since the start of the year. This has included both Division PD and in-house PD. Thirteen staff members have now attended the IB Workshops. Assessment - Grade partner collaboration continues when using assessment programs such as PTPro. Parents continue to receive information regarding assessment practices through the division, as well as school-wide emails, meet the staff presentations and class emails. One on one assistance continues to be provided by the learning coach to teachers on how to assess students on an adapted program and document their progress in their IPP. Communities of Practice and Collaboration continues through our Book Clubs led by our LC with a focus on Inquiry and Assessment. Google documents are set up for shared dialogue. FMNI focus continues to be highlighted at the staff meetings and on a central bulletin board. GOAL 4 - Open communication is evident within our school community and SC. Hired an MHT so that Mental Health supports can continue to be provided to students and their families as needed. MHT supports students in teaching skills to deal with anxious feelings. MH Champion meetings continue to be attended monthly. MDT Meetings continue to occur several times a month. Classroom team meetings continue with MDT team and LC to discuss strategies to support students and share their progress.