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

School Mission: To provide an inclusive learning environment that empowers students to realize their potential and bring to life the best version of themselves. .
School Vision: Our Lady of Peace School is a culturally aware and diverse Christ-centered community. We believe in everyone’s potential. Through collaboration, creativity, inquiry, critical thinking, and reflection, we empower our students to be engaged, energized learners, and ethical citizens. Our beliefs are rooted in Catholic traditions and Indigenous ways of knowing and being. We believe that everyone has a place in the circle; we learn about who we are, where we come from and where we are going.
School Charism: As we stand sacred on Holy Ground, we purposely nurture our Catholic faith, our relationship to Mary and give gratitude to Mother Earth.

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.5 Engage families, parishes, and Catholic organizations to provide opportunities for growing in faith.
Actions we will take
We will model our Catholicity through daily prayer and demonstrate our Catholic faith in our classrooms with displays of words, new Faith Alive program, and prayer table items as well as connection with St. John the Evangelist 4 times this year. Through our Cree language program, Braided Journey’s, and monthly tipi teachings, we will incorporate Indigenous spirituality and ways of knowing and being into our practise as full beings of God. At the end of each month a few children who exhibit this teaching will receive a certificate. By the end of the year each child in the school will receive a certificate.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • -We will have Father Dean and Sophie come over to celebrate mass with our students at least four times in a year.
  • -Teachers, at the beginning of the year, will sign up for one month of class created prayers.
  • -At the end of the year every child in the school will have received a certificate.
Priority:  Student Success
Through a holistic approach, students will develop to their fullest potential through multiple pathways.
Key Strategies:
S.4 Continue to support students’ diverse needs through best practice and responsive and flexible programming.
S.5 Support student achievement by engaging in collaborative, whole school approaches to capacity building in First Nations, Métis and Inuit education.
Actions we will take
We will focus on literacy using the five pillars as a balanced approach and establish a literacy baseline for each student at the beginning of the year starting in grade two using LenS, CC3, and T-Series instruments. Using Heggerty and other division tools, we will implement supportive programs for students in all grades to increase literacy. The division reading intervention program aimed at Indigenous students will have a small focus group including our TASL to increase student reading levels with support from Braided Journeys. We will also re-establish the use of Indigenous literacy backpacks. Our Lady of Peace will focus on numeracy to increase student achievement in number sense, basic mathematics and computation by at least one grade level per year with a desire to have all students at grade level. Staff members will participate in all Math Up professional development events throughout the school year. Teachers will continue with Daily practise focused on basic math facts.
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
  • -One meeting per month will focus on one of the 5 pillars of literacy, discussing purpose, strategies for its utilization and alignment of the whole school literacy plan with the new pacing guide.
  • -By the end of October, every teacher will identify individuals who are significantly below their peers in important phonological abilities and determine strengths and weaknesses and act accordingly.
  • -By June 2022, students will increase their level of phonological and phonemic awareness as well as reading comprehension.
  • -By June 2022, each of our Indigenous students, who are struggling readers, will have increased their reading level by at least one grade level.
  • -Each child in Kindergarten to grade 3 will participate in the literacy backpack program.
  • -Staff members will participate in two or more MathUp professional development sessions throughout the school year.
  • -Each math class will devote approximately 10 minutes on basic math skills.
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.1 Ensure that all teachers and leaders have the acquired skills to meet the foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis and Inuit standard as outlined in Alberta Education Teaching, Leadership, and Superintendent Leadership Quality Standards.
E.3 Provide and engage in professional learning to enhance the level of subject matter, conceptual, and procedural knowledge expertise and competency.
E.6 Continue to create an excellent Catholic educational working environment through the provision of faith formation, health, and wellness opportunities and supports for all staff.
Actions we will take
We will incorporate tipi teachings into our school learning environment and experiences. As a staff, we will create a community of practice where we dedicate ten minutes of each staff meeting to Indigenous teachings and language to enhance practices. The social committee will continue to address matters concerning staff wellness, community, and faith formation by planning new events to engage staff. Different staff members will provide healthy snacks for each staff meeting or learning event.
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
  • -Each month, our Cree teacher will introduce one pole teaching to the students in a general assembly.
  • At the end of every month, the students who exhibit the teaching of the month will receive a certificate in recognition of striving to achieve that teaching.
  • -By the end of the year, staff will have increased foundational knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit standards as outlined in TQS.
  • -We will have at least 6 staff activities throughout the year.
Priority:  Building Our Future Together
We will engage in good stewardship of all resources through principled governance and engagement.
Key Strategies:
B.1 Continue to develop collaborative plans with the Council of Elders and Indigenous communities to enhance supports and services for Indigenous students.
B.2 Continue to walk together recognizing the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Actions we will take
In addition to the items listed above, we will continue to celebrate and commemorate the events in the Indigenous community such as Orange Shirt Day, Metis week, division pipe ceremonies, Indigenous Awareness month and National Indigenous Peoples' Day. We will share our story through social platforms and continue to build new relationships with community members. The school will provide a minimum of two school level professional development events that involve a traditional Elder or Knowledge Keeper sharing their teachings and wisdom.
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
  • -Our school will host the Pipe Ceremony on January 17.
  • -Three of our students will attend the other Division Pipe Ceremonies as representatives of Our Lady of Peace School.
  • -We will post 3 times a month to share our story on social media.
  • -We will have two elders or knowledge keepers come to two of our staff meetings.
November Review:
Father Dean is coming for his second mass Dec. 2. Students have enjoyed reading their prayers over the intercom. We have changed our diagnostics to the LenS, CC3, and T-Series instruments. Classes continue to practice basic skills daily in their classrooms in various ways. We have successfully implemented a literacy intervention program for our grade 3’s with help from the Division. We have begun Empowered Reading, Indigenous Reading Recovery with both whole class, small group, and individual instruction. Using the results of the literacy and numeracy instruments, we have hired an additional 0.5 FTE intervention teacher for grades 4-6 to provide support. The first three poles of the Tipi teachings were well-received from students and staff and will use these to guide student behavior and hold them accountable. This will become daily language used in classrooms. An Indigenous themed nature walk is planned in the river valley and our Braided Journey’s instructor alongside our Truth and Reconciliation teacher lead will plan a minimum of three professional development sessions for teachers to help increase the foundational knowledge of our standards as stated in the TQS. Every student received a shirt for Orange Shirt Day and our whole school activity was captured beautifully by a drone as students made a progressive heart that increased in size as each class came outside to participate. Due to Covid, Pipe Ceremonies have been cancelled but we continue to actively promote Indigenous culture in our school. Each class smudges weekly with our Braided Journey’s instructor and she has incorporated many ideas into classrooms and organized community volunteers to help increase literacy with our Indigenous students. New Ideas Using the tv in the front foyer, we will acknowledge activities done throughout the year and honour student achievements. After analyzing surveys from both Alberta Education and ECSD, we will place a higher focus on using technology in the classroom and look to purchase additional technology for student utilization. Professional development with a technology focus will be provided for teachers.
February Review:
Father Dean and Sophie have been coming in to read to our students every Tuesday. It is another chance to further connect our school with our parish and we are very happy to hear we have many students signed up for their Sacraments. We look forward to increasing these numbers to strengthen Catholic Education at Our Lady of Peace School. Students have now received lessons on 9 poles of the Tipi and we have recognized students for showing the characteristics of the first 6 poles. These qualities include obedience, respect, humility, happiness, love and faith. We have celebrated these students over Teams with each student receiving a certificate and their names being displayed on the t.v in the front foyer. We continue to use the results from the Lens, CC3 and T-Series as well as the MAST to improve our practises at Our Lady of Peace. Professional Development is key to helping teachers perform in these areas and our next focus will be on reading and comprehension. Our students will now have greater access to technology as we are pleased to announce that we have ordered 65 more chromebooks to place in the hands of students. This will make us very close to a one-one school. Many teachers have stepped forward to offer their expertise to increase the use of technology in the classroom and use these devices as platforms to improve student learning. We have continued to focus on Indigenous professional development for teachers and have received two excellent sessions led by our Braided Journey’s instructor. Teachers first read an article on the history of Oliver Square and were asked to reflect on the importance of storytelling to understand our past. The other professional development had teachers reflect on the importance of land to help them write their own personal land acknowledgement.