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


School Mission: Ecole/Escuela Grandin is a Christ-centered environment in which students develop the necessary competencies to be successful and ethical global citizens. Languages, culture and faith deepen our sense of community..
School Vision: Within our Christ-centered school community, students, staff and parents: • value continuous language and cultural development through connection with the local and global community; • encourage a safe, supportive school community where we are respectful of ourselves, of others and of the environment; • foster independence, self-efficacy, perseverance, resilience through learning opportunities that nurture the child’s dignity; • are motivated to acquire current attitudes, skills and knowledge to see beyond self-interests in order to achieve the school community’s success.
School Charism: Celebrating our faith through language and culture in the heart of the city.

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 school celebrates language and culture through the lense of our faith. At Grandin we teach our students about the rich language history of Grandin School (Francophone School, First Spanish Bilingual School) and explore the meaning of our charism by deepening our understanding of our faith every year when we celebrate Fete/Dia Grandin. As part of our work to support faith opportunities at Grandin, we will be adding infographics to our website and monthly newsletter as a way to share and deepen our understanding of our faith as a community.
Performance Measures (Domain - Local and Societal Context):
Local measures are under development for this priority. Our performance in this area will also be measured using the:
  • Division Assurance Survey (Catholicity items).
  • Students will understand and represent our school charism to their peers and their families through writing and/or art.
  • Publication of infographics in newsletters
  • Publication of infographics and links on website
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.
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.
S.6 Continue programs and enhanced academic and cultural supports for all students that lead to successful transitions and encourage life-long learning.
Actions we will take
Being a language school we feel it is important to maintain a focus on language proficiency and expectations for our students and staff. To continue to enhance our language programs, French Immersion and Spanish Bilingual students will continue to strengthen their oral fluency in French and Spanish as defined by the Alberta Program of Studies and the Common European Framework. Teachers will share best practices for ensuring meaningful oral production across subject areas and grades within their classrooms. The school music program will be adapted to include musical theatre as another form of developing oral production across subjects. Teachers will provide learning intentions and success criteria to allow students will improve their ability to identify learning goals, self-assess and know what they need to do to move their learning forward in numeracy and literacy. Based on assurance performance measures our school will focus on providing our students with mental health supports for the coming year. The main area of focus will be on resilience and growth mindset to help support our students in literacy and numeracy needs.
Performance Measures (Domains - Student Growth and Achievement & Learning Supports):
Local measures are under development for this priority. Our performance in this area will also be measured using the:
  • 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; and,
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Access to Support and Services.
  • Language Performance Assessment Tasks and Oral benchmarks for each grade level, based on the Alberta POS.
  • Reading and Writing assessments
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.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.
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
To ensure our staff is prepared to support our students in learning and growth our teachers, educational assistants and other support staff will participate in a Collaborative Response Model meetings to facilitate discussions surrounding the ongoing needs of our students. These meetings will utilize our assurance model measures and assessments such as math and reading screens to address the needs for our students and to address areas for continued improvement. Teachers will participate in professional development in the areas of differentiation, language, numeracy, literacy, FNMI knowledge and English language learner supports in order to maintain current understanding of foundational FNMI knowledge and best practices. With our Learning coach, our FNMI lead teacher and our ELL designate we will be providing PD to our staff to ensure all students are successful.
Performance Measures (Domain - Teaching and Leading):
Local measures are under development for this priority. Our performance in this area will also be measured using the:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Education Quality.
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
Staff and students will participate in cultural activities offered by Indigenous Learning Services during our Faith Day, Dia Grandin and Indigenous People's Day that offer a deeper understanding of the history of the Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. As part of this work, and in collaboration with Indigenous Learning Services, teachers and students will participate in an Spanish Indigenous Cultural Day that includes Canadian FNMI culture and traditions as another activity to further the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Performance Measures (Domain - Governance):
Local measures are under development for this priority. Our performance in this area will also be measured using the:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Parental Involvement; and,
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Budget-Actual Comparison.