Engaging on School Development Plans​​

Each fall, our school prepares a school development plan - an action plan that outlines what students and teachers will do to improve student learning outcomes connected to the school results​. The school development plan ensures a targeted and focused approach and allows staff, students and parents to understand the strategies we will use to improve student learning.

As we develop the school development plan, engaging with staff, parents and students is an important part of the process. Watch for news stories on our website throughout the year for ways you can get involved. We'll also send information by SchoolMessenger, so make sure you have subscribed to receive our email messages. Another great way to keep informed is by attending our school council meetings.

In addition to news stories, we'll post information about upcoming meetings on this page. We'll also share feedback gathered at meetings and through online surveys on this page.

If you have any questions about this engagement, please contact the principal. ​​​

Dialogue: Elboya School Development Plan October 2018

Parents met with the School Administration over two evening sessions to learn more about the School Development Plan and give input.  Parents were provided with a presentation and then completed a survey.  At the second session, parents’ questions and responses were shared and discussed. 

1. Do you have any additional questions about how the school development plan will improve school results?

Parent Responses:

  • As a former teacher I completely & wholly support this strategy.  Love the “old school” methodology of teaching re: literacy & mathematics.
  • Could you explain what other performance indicators are used to measure the success of the plan (other than provincial results)?  How will you be evaluating success of the plan besides PAT scores?

School Response:                                                                                                      

  • Student Surveys
  • Examples of Student Work collected in Professional Learning Communities
  • Feedback at math, writing and trauma informed workshops held throughout the year with staff
  • Report card results
  • Individual progress tracked
  • Student Learning Team results

Parent Responses:

    Math Night  - some focus on 5/6/7 math techniques i.e. 2 numbers x 2 numbers (their way vs. my way)

    How is the development plan helping kids to love learning?

    School Response:

    Great question!  As part of our math and reading literacy work over the last years we have focused on strategies that teach students that they are capable and should enjoy learning these things.  That we are all capable of learning math and developing a love for reading! We need to continue to think about how to engage our students.

    2. Do you have any additional questions about how the school development plan will improve your child’s learning?

    Parent Responses:

      • PowerSchool/ D2L stats – is usage being tracked and reported back out? Just wondering (based on discussions tonight) how effective these technologies are for parents/ students and student development?
      • How is the School’s Development Plan (SDP) translated into an individual teacher’s plan?  Is the connection transparent and how is it measured?

      School Response:

      Teachers are asked to create an Individual Teacher Growth Plan using the umbrella of the SDP as a guide.  They participate in individual workshops throughout the year that are shared with their colleagues.  They work in Professional Learning Communities directly on the goals of the SDP.  This work is documented and shared with their colleagues.  They are responsible for the school’s results.

      Parent Responses:

        • I really want to see a focus on math basics/ fundaments (i.e. Times tables) so that they are memorized and can rattle them off.
        • I want to see my children be able to explain what and how they are doing their work – and what is the objective of the learning program.
        • How does “science” fit in with the focus on literacy and math?

        School’s Response: 

        Science literacy is a focus for us as well.  We use a focus on intentionally teaching the words used in science in thoughtful and intentional ways for student success.  We had excellent results in science much like math and English Language Arts this last number of years.

        Parent Responses:

        • How can we convince our kids that is okay to fail and in fact it’s a great learning tool?
        • How important is physical literacy in the plan?

        School’s Response: 

        We have a physical literacy plan as well focused mainly with our PE teachers but also in class time with regular exercise breaks.

        3. How would you like to learn about the school development plan throughout the year?

        Parent Responses:

        • Possible highlight a section of the plan each week in the weekly principal’s email/ update

        School’s Response: 

        The Principal has started a Principal Blog on the website that will reflect progress on the SDP and the school twitter account also documents our work.

        Parent Responses:

        • General observation: Consistency of blog versus D2L in junior high. Is there a way to drive a consistent application amongst the teachers? It’s a little clunky to flip between them.

        School’s Response:

        Our elementary teachers like to use a blog or Facebook due to the ability to give you a view into the classroom with a lot of pictures while your junior high teachers want to provide you with copies of assignments and that is better done in a d2l environment that most high schools and post-secondary environments use.  Smooth transitions between these are a focus for us.

        Parent Responses:

        • Through the school email, website and council meetings.
        • Through sessions like this – learned so much about the work begin undertaken. Fabulous.
        • Council Meetings/ Emails/ Info Sessions in the evenings?

        Thanks for sharing and for really taking time to think about what is best for our kids!

        Thank you for sharing!

        School Development Plan Engagement

        Dialogue: Elboya School Development Plan October 2018

        Parents met with the School Administration over two evening sessions to learn more about the School Development Plan and give input.  Parents were provided with a presentation and then completed a survey.  At the second session, parents’ questions and responses were shared and discussed. 

        1. Do you have any additional questions about how the school development plan will improve school results?

        Parent Responses:

        • As a former teacher I completely & wholly support this strategy.  Love the “old school” methodology of teaching re: literacy & mathematics.
        • Could you explain what other performance indicators are used to measure the success of the plan (other than provincial results)?  How will you be evaluating success of the plan besides PAT scores?

        School Response:                                                                                                      

        • Student Surveys
        • Examples of Student Work collected in Professional Learning Communities
        • Feedback at math, writing and trauma informed workshops held throughout the year with staff
        • Report card results
        • Individual progress tracked
        • Student Learning Team results

        Parent Responses:

          Math Night  - some focus on 5/6/7 math techniques i.e. 2 numbers x 2 numbers (their way vs. my way)

          How is the development plan helping kids to love learning?

          School Response:

          Great question!  As part of our math and reading literacy work over the last years we have focused on strategies that teach students that they are capable and should enjoy learning these things.  That we are all capable of learning math and developing a love for reading! We need to continue to think about how to engage our students.

          2. Do you have any additional questions about how the school development plan will improve your child’s learning?

          Parent Responses:

            • PowerSchool/ D2L stats – is usage being tracked and reported back out? Just wondering (based on discussions tonight) how effective these technologies are for parents/ students and student development?
            • How is the School’s Development Plan (SDP) translated into an individual teacher’s plan?  Is the connection transparent and how is it measured?

            School Response:

            Teachers are asked to create an Individual Teacher Growth Plan using the umbrella of the SDP as a guide.  They participate in individual workshops throughout the year that are shared with their colleagues.  They work in Professional Learning Communities directly on the goals of the SDP.  This work is documented and shared with their colleagues.  They are responsible for the school’s results.

            Parent Responses:

              • I really want to see a focus on math basics/ fundaments (i.e. Times tables) so that they are memorized and can rattle them off.
              • I want to see my children be able to explain what and how they are doing their work – and what is the objective of the learning program.
              • How does “science” fit in with the focus on literacy and math?

              School’s Response: 

              Science literacy is a focus for us as well.  We use a focus on intentionally teaching the words used in science in thoughtful and intentional ways for student success.  We had excellent results in science much like math and English Language Arts this last number of years.

              Parent Responses:

              • How can we convince our kids that is okay to fail and in fact it’s a great learning tool?
              • How important is physical literacy in the plan?

              School’s Response: 

              We have a physical literacy plan as well focused mainly with our PE teachers but also in class time with regular exercise breaks.

              3. How would you like to learn about the school development plan throughout the year?

              Parent Responses:

              • Possible highlight a section of the plan each week in the weekly principal’s email/ update

              School’s Response: 

              The Principal has started a Principal Blog on the website that will reflect progress on the SDP and the school twitter account also documents our work.

              Parent Responses:

              • General observation: Consistency of blog versus D2L in junior high. Is there a way to drive a consistent application amongst the teachers? It’s a little clunky to flip between them.

              School’s Response:

              Our elementary teachers like to use a blog or Facebook due to the ability to give you a view into the classroom with a lot of pictures while your junior high teachers want to provide you with copies of assignments and that is better done in a d2l environment that most high schools and post-secondary environments use.  Smooth transitions between these are a focus for us.

              Parent Responses:

              • Through the school email, website and council meetings.
              • Through sessions like this – learned so much about the work begin undertaken. Fabulous.
              • Council Meetings/ Emails/ Info Sessions in the evenings?

              Thanks for sharing and for really taking time to think about what is best for our kids!

              Thank you for sharing!

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