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

School Mission: St. Edmund is a Christ-centered community that inspires critical thinking in an inclusive environment. We strive to prepare all students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens who will be transforming influences in the world..
School Vision: Inspired by faith, synergized by passion, committed to excellence at St. Edmund School.
School Charism: Together We Soar! Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on the wings like Eagles. (Isaiah 40:31)

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
St. Edmund is a great faith community, and we continue to highlight all the ways we engage our students in sharing their gifts from God. We will continue to live out our new School Charism (TOGETHER WE SOAR) and new Mission and Vision Statements with our students more deliberately by displaying it prominently in the school/classrooms. We will continue to engage our students and staff through Social Justice activities to provide opportunity with the wider communities by sharing their faith as witnesses. Students will continue to prepare prayers that connect Learner Profiles and Gospel teachings through discussion, written and/or artistic expression. St. Edmund Parish will continue to partner with our school throughout the year in leading celebrations and masses with our students, staff, and families. Father Mark will visit each class for 50min once a semester to teach, connect, and answer faith-based questions that students and staff may have. These faith actions will be authentic, intentional, and purposeful fulfilling religion curriculum outcomes.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • • Division Assurance Survey (Catholic items)
  • • Monthly newsletters to reflect IB Learner Profiles
  • • Display Charism Statements
  • • Display new Mission and Vision Statements
  • • Social Media Platforms - St. Edmund Instagram, Twitter, Eagle TV, Microsoft Teams, and Google Classrooms will empower students to have a voice and connect with their peers by sharing accomplishments, saying prayer, celebrating the sacraments, sharing and relating IB practices. Their acts of service will reflect their understanding of God’s presence in their lives and spreading the Good News through actions and deeds.
  • • Division Social Justice Template
  • • Worship Team
  • • Art displayed in hallways
  • • School Liturgies with Father Mark at St. Edmund IB World School
  • • Father Mark visiting each class from K-9 once a semester
  • • New School Theme Book- Incredible You
  • • Meet monthly with Sister Mary Clare and Gerald Sseguya of Catholic Social Services
  • • St. Edmund Feast Day
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
In living out our new Mission Statement, students will engage in critical thinking within our inclusive environment to be transforming influences in the world. Students will be given opportunities to celebrate their cultural diversity through international mindedness. Our Learning Team (Administration, IB Coordinators, Literacy & Numeracy Learning Coach, and Inclusive Learning Coaches) will meet once a month to set direction for our school to plan for best practices and flexible programming. Teachers will also meet monthly to review, integrate, and teach IB planners in our Self Study Year. Teachers will continue to use Assessment 360 practices to enhance students’ conceptual and procedural knowledge in a transdisciplinary environment. This includes the EMPOWER Reading Program, 5 Pillars of Reading, Reading Screeners for Division 1 and/or struggling readers, and Tier 1,2,3 Vocabulary Instruction for JH with Literacy and Numeracy Progressions outlined by Alberta Education and alignment from our Programs of Inquiry (POI). MYP Teacher Teams will be established to plan for monthly curricular topics in mental wellness, literacy, and numeracy in our new SOAR Block so that students can show integrity, own their own learning, accept responsibility, and respect self/others. Teachers will use the numeracy assessment practices such as MAST, Math Up Programming, and continue our school-wide ATL Numeracy block with a focus of non-calc for math. Teachers and students will engage in “making numeracy and literacy visible” through the Key Concepts and (ATL) Approaches to Learning skills by using thinking routines to support instructional concepts.
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
  • Concept based visual word walls in classrooms
  • • Factual Debatable Units of Inquiry posted with Central Ideas and Lines of Inquiry (PYP) / Statement of Inquiry and Factual, Conceptual and Debatable questions, Global Context (MYP)
  • • Engage in our 'Let’s Talk Kids' Thursdays
  • • Developing and Teaching PYP planners and MYP units, collaborative use of Managebac, and shared Google Drive for planners
  • • Visual Displays of Approaches to Learning, Learner Profile, International Mindedness
  • • Empower Reading Intervention
  • • SOAR Block - ATL Numeracy Block/Literacy/Mental Health & Wellness
  • • Self-study collaboration – reviewing policies, standards, practices aligning PYP and MYP coordinator times in schedule
  • • Analysis of LENS, CC3 and T-Series Reading Assessments to inform planning
  • • Reading Interventionist targeted small group intervention
  • • Analysis of MAST gr. 1-6 (Math assessment)
  • • Math Up programming
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.
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
To ensure St. Edmund is an excellence place to work and learn, staff will continue to engage in DWPD provided by the Division for IB, Elementary Reading Screeners, JH Smarter Marks, and Assessments. Staff will be given time to work in grade partners, departments, and/or in their PYP & MYP Divisions to review content for each subject, align outcomes, and create exams/quizzes. Time will be given to collaborate with grade level partners to ensure material outside of IB planners/units align best with curriculum pacing guides this year. Teachers will participate in IB refresher sessions at the beginning of the year to better prepare and enrich their teaching strategies. Teachers will be provided with IB afternoons throughout the year to collaborate on IB practices and teaching for our IB Self Study Year. IB training for teachers will be provided if they have not received it yet in their respected subject discipline. With more time provided to collaborate, new lesson ideas, projects, and learning opportunities will be generated, all of which contributes to the formation of a rich learning community. Our staff will also have opportunities to participate in school activities that are led by our Student Leadership Teams, with a focus on EDIAR that has PYP and MYP Teacher Lead. Through ongoing support from our Administration, Learning Coaches, IB Coordinators, MDT, and ELL/FNMI Designates, our students will receive cultural and academic supports through universal and targeted teaching strategies, assistive technology, and the Imagine Learning application. Teachers and students will participate in health and wellness activities throughout the year that will focus on positive mental health and fostering relationships such as Mindful Mondays. These activities will be planned by a committee of staff (SOAR Planning Time) and will occur throughout the school year.
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
  • • • Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Teacher Time Thursdays Afternoons to plan with PYP, MYP, departments, and grade partner planning
  • • Outcome of Teacher Feedback and Self-Study
  • • Mindful Mondays for Mental Health and Wellness
  • • Mental Health Lead Teacher designate for PYP and MYP to attend monthly Division Meetings and conduct PD for staff
  • • EDIAR Student Leadership Meetings attended by students and PYP and MYP Teacher Lead
  • • IB Thursday Afternoons
  • • Staff Wellness Days Thursday Afternoons
  • • Sacred Space classroom (space) designated for staff for mental breaks
  • • Purchase new furniture and equipment to create innovative/ inclusive spaces for students and teachers
  • • PD for IB, Reading Screeners, Smarter Marks, Assessment
  • • Collaborative Analysis of PATs, Division and Government Assessments to intentional target areas of growth school-wide
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.
B.3 Ensure that resources are being used effectively and efficiently while providing flexibility for how schools and departments meet their unique needs.
Actions we will take
ACTIONS we will take: To build a greater future, St. Edmund will create partnerships and collaborate with members of the community to enhance learning in specific subject areas such as Indigenous Cultural Day, Public Speaking Event, and IB Service Learning. These collaborations could take place as fieldtrips or workshops where members of the community come into the classroom to share their knowledge. We will continue to invite Elders and Indigenous Learning Services to present to our classes and be involved in setting direction in this area. We will utilize Edu-kits from Indigenous Learning Services as well as invite in the consultants to support with programming. Our school staff will participate the Blanket Exercise during a Thursday Staff Meeting to begin to learn the impact of Residential schools in hopes to extend this emotional learning further with our students. We will continue to offer additional supports to our Indigenous students through the support of our entire Learning Team and FNMI designate. We will be intentional with recognizing Principles of Reconciliation, Calls to Action, and Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People from the Truth and Reconciliation Booklet once a week in our WAAG and Staff Meetings. During Staff Meeting PD, we will continue to gather in our Spirit Animal Groups reflecting the 7 Indigenous Spirit Animals (Eagle, Bear, Buffalo, Wolf, Beaver, Sabe, and Turtle). Our FNMI designate will offer support to our teachers with programming and to our students with academic support and activities. We will continue to honor our Indigenous community through the Daily Treaty 6 Acknowledgement as well as displaying spiritually significant artifacts/items on our prayer tables. We will utilize our Sacred Space for meeting with students for self-regulation, prayer, and reverence.
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
  • • • Involvement of Elders and Indigenous Learning Services
  • • Incorporation of Indigenous content in lesson plans/Google Classrooms (utilization of Indigenous Learning Services E.g. Edu-kits)
  • • Reconciliation Lead Teacher designates for PYP and MYP to attend monthly Division Meetings and conduct PD for staff
  • • Displaying of Indigenous artifacts, literature and materials
  • • Participation of Indigenous Cultural Day celebration
  • • Indicating weekly concepts from Truth & Reconciliation Booklet
  • • Incorporate Indigenous 4 Poster Visual around the school
  • • Document the number of times for the use of Sacred Space throughout the year
  • • Treaty 6 Acknowledgement at the beginning of each day and every meeting
November Review:
- met as an Admin Team mid September to review our School Growth Plan from May - met as a Learning Team (Principal, Assistant Principals, IB Coordinators, Learning Coaches, FSLW, ELL/FNMI Coordinator) to review and revise current School Growth Plan - At our Staff Meeting on September 23, we then met as a collaborative team of teachers for them to provide any feedback in revising our School Growth Plan so that our goals, actions, and measures are in alignment with our School and Division Plan - Revised School Growth Plan was then printed and displayed in every classroom so that teachers have the School Growth Plan at their fingertips in consistently reviewing and reflecting our 2021-22 school journey - Assessment is one important goal of SGP and we have provided the following actions: a) PTP Reporting & Assessment Division Updates/Checklists/Tutorials/Videos - in our WAAG - Sept. 13 to ongoing b) Staff Meeting- PTP Overview - Assessment Consultant with Christine McKee- Oct. 7 c) Administration Meeting to Review PTP Reporting - Assessment Consultant with Christine McKee - Oct. 28 d) Staff Meeting - Teacher Time to work on PTP Reporting - Nov. 4 e) One on Ones with Administration - teachers meet with administrators to review PTP Reporting - Nov. 19, 22, 23 - IB Training - we have 3 teachers and one administrator that took IB training in specific disciplines for certification and to prepare for upcoming Self-Study (Oct & Nov). This learning will be shared at an upcoming Staff Meeting - IB Programs of Inquiry and Inter-disciplinary themes are displayed around our school and in our classes focusing - Teacher teams are planning our SOAR blocks which is 25 min of instructional time for students to gain extra practice and skills with numeracy, literacy, mental health, and IB- Approaches to Learning - ELL/FNMI students are meeting with teachers every second week for intentional/focused instructional support. A schedule has been made and students are being supported - EDIAR: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism Student Leadership Team has been created at our school and students are raising awareness about educating our students that everyone BELONGS -PE Student Leadership Team has been developed where students are serving as 'action agents' for Athletics around our school - Assessment 360 Assurances - varied Division literacy and numeracy assessments completed for students from K-9 (i.e. LeNS, CC3, T-Series, MAST, and JH Non-Calc)
February Review:
- Met as a Learning Team (Principal, Assistant Principals, IB Coordinators, Learning Coaches, FSLW, ELL/FNMI Coordinator) to review and revise current School Growth Plan - IB Training & Community Project - YEAR 4 - we have one teacher that will be going for Community Project Training as MYP culminates in Grade 9 instead of Grade 10 at Archbishop MacDonald beginning 2022-23 school year. This learning will be shared at an upcoming Staff Meeting - IB - PYP exploring Toddle which is a online platform to support IB planners, development, and collaboration - IB Programs of Inquiry and Inter-disciplinary themes are displayed around our school and in our classes focusing - IB Divisional Video was filmed at St. Edmund to showcase IB for Edmonton Catholic Schools - Teacher teams continue to plan our SOAR blocks which is 25 min of instructional time for students to gain extra practice and skills with numeracy, literacy, mental health, and IB- Approaches to Learning - ELL/FNMI students continue to meet with teachers every second week for intentional/focused instructional support. A schedule has been made and students are being supported - EDIAR: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Anti-Racism Student Leadership Team continues to meet weekly about raising awareness about educating our students that everyone BELONGS - Through EDIAIR Student Leadership, as a school family, we are raising awareness for Black History Month and Anti-Racism and Pink Shirt Day through multiple means of representation, engagement, and expression - Through EDIAR, our staff continues to engage in Booster Training modules to further foster understanding. Staff Responses are then generated and displayed on our Monitors throughout the school to share our collective understanding through Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism - Our Mental Health Lead Teachers are providing supports to our students and staff through Leadership Symposium opportunities and at Staff Meetings - Our Kindergarten Students shared their Kindness Express throughout the school for all staff and students - Stemming from EDIAR Student Leadership Team, a GSA Student Leadership Team has now been formed - PE Student Leadership Team continues to serve as 'action agents' for Athletics around our school - Elementary Student Leadership Broadcast Team, Coding & Robotics, and Women In Technology Team has now been formed - Numeracy Inclusive Teacher has been provided by the Division to further support numeracy with Grade 1 students - TA-BT hired for Kindergarten to futher support the inclusive needs in Kindergarten - Prudent Spending Initiative - able to purchase Chromebook Cart and Kindergarten materials to further support the learning in our school programs - Assessment 360 Assurances - varied Division literacy and numeracy assessments completed for students from K-9 (i.e. LeNS, CC3, T-Series, MAST, and JH Non-Calc)