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

School Mission: Guided by our Catholic faith, we inquire, create, and take action as globally minded communicators..
School Vision: As principled members of our Catholic community, all students will be empowered and inspired by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, and the Arts, to be socially responsible life-long learners.
School Charism: Our namesake was a missionary from England who became “Apostle of the Germans”. Pope Gregory II named him Bonifatius, which means “he who does good”. Thus, our charism is: “Those who do good”.

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
F.1 Staff will ensure that students and parents understand our school’s charism and appreciate its significance to our community overall. Staff will develop ways to integrate the teaching of the IB learner profile and sharing our gifts from the Holy Spirit. Service initiatives will reflect/articulate Catholic teaching on social justice and charity and will permeate daily life. F.4 Our school chapel will be re-established and used as a sacred place for prayer, faith-based learning engagements, cohorted liturgies, God Club, and student-led social justice meetings. Our new chapel will be an environment in which students and staff members can further their faith formation.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • Students, staff, and parents will be able to name our charism. Students will identify with the charism and will articulate this through their actions. Students will be able to articulate how the IB learner profile and our Catholic faith are connected. Students will be able to see their own gifts of the Holy Spirit and share them with others. Student actions will reflect our attitude towards doing good through evidence of these acts in the community. Student language will reflect that there has been a shift in understanding of how our learner attributes are all gifts from the Holy Spirit.
  • Students and staff members will be using the chapel regularly to enhance their connection to God.
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
S.1 Staff will engage in professional development and collaborative analysis that specifically targets improvement of literacy and numeracy teaching practices and will put these into daily use. S.2 Teachers will collaborate to create a common, school-wide understanding of formative assessment processes while ensuring they are aligned with IB assessment standards. Teachers will analyze and improve upon the efficacy and variance of summative assessment tools. We will use the ECSD and provincial assessment resources to determine where our students are and what needs to be done to improve learning.
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
  • More authentic integration of the arts in the units of inquiry will allow students to make meaningful fine arts connections relay within the transdisciplinary themes. There will be improvements in PAT results, regression scores, reading assessment data, struggling reader lists, and assurance survey results. Student agency will foster increased student involvement in rubric creation and more robust portfolios. Data in our school profile will reveal increased reading levels and a decrease in the number of students requiring targeted intervention for both numeracy and literacy. Success in addressing our IB evaluation recommendations will be a major indicator of the efficacy of our teaching practices.
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.3 Provide and engage in professional learning to enhance the level of subject matter, conceptual, and procedural knowledge expertise and competency.
Actions we will take
Staff will engage in extensive reflection of current practices and their efficacy, and further engage in goal-setting to improve upon these practices. A professional development committee will engage in strategic planning to address whole-staff and individual areas of growth.
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
  • PAT results in all areas will improve through increased comprehension. Teachers will have increased their understanding of best literacy and numeracy practices. Staff will experience an increased feeling of effectiveness and will expand their leadership capacity through sharing of strategies and professional development. Teachers and administrators will learn from mediative questioning meetings and put improved strategies into practice.
Priority:  Building Our Future Together
We will engage in good stewardship of all resources through principled governance and engagement.
Key Strategies:
B.2 Continue to walk together recognizing the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
B.5 Ensure decisions are data-informed; enable best practice indicators and transparency to ensure continuous improvement.
Actions we will take
B.2 Students and staff members will enhance their understanding of the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action” by exploring the history of indigenous peoples in Canada and by introducing the Seven Sacred Teachings to all classes. This learning will make connections to our Catholic worldview. B.5 Staff members will employ the Collaborative Response Model to better understand our students and therefore provide appropriate measures of support. Teachers will meet at the beginning of the year and end of the year with administrators and Learning Coach to discuss data that came from diagnostic assessment tools in each student file and discuss strategies for support. Staff will enhance our present collaboration time with Learning Coach, IB PYP Coordinator, and Social Emotional Learning Coach by establishing norms and goals for specified students requiring interventions. Teachers will communicate regularly with parents regarding strategies we are implementing for support (and their levels of success) to encourage home involvement and enhanced at-home learning/reinforcement.
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
  • There will be a more effective identification process of students’ needs in our school profile, resulting in improved PAT results, regression scores, reading assessment data, struggling reader lists, and assurance survey results. ELL students will progress more quickly through the stages of language acquisition. Struggling readers will move closer to grade level benchmarks. Student survey results will reveal a greater sense of belonging and understanding of their needs. Students will develop/express a deeper understanding of indigenous peoples in Canada and how the Seven Sacred Teachings connect directly to our worldview as Catholics.
November Review:
– met with Superintendent Lang on November 3; from that meeting, refined some of our goals – “Growing in Faith”: focused on the re-establishment of a chapel – “Student Success”: we noted that we will be using ECSD and Alberta assessments to drive teaching and determine where our students are at; we will also use these assessments in our CRM to identify strategies for improvement – “Building Our Future Together”: we will embark on a discussion of the TRC; we will explore the Seven Sacred Teachings and connect them to our Catholic worldview
February Review:
- "Growing in Faith": With the loosening of restrictions, brought in Father Glenn for the Grade 4 Bible Celebration. First Priest led in-person celebration of the year. Recorded and put on Front Foyer TV daily. - "Student Success" :Did Math MAST assessment analysis to look at best improving student success (all grades). - "Student Success" :Grade 6: Exhibition tailored towards students interests. Every student meeting with mentor teacher. - "Student Success" :Grade 3: Used the Literacy Interventionist"s data to work on reading goals and plans for those students. - "Building Our Future Together" :Continued with whole school teachings of the Seven Sacred Teachings. Connected with ILS and are ready to move to the Medicine Wheel after completion of The Seven Sacred Teachings.