Duncan Cran School District 60 Framework for Enhancing Student Learning
“Duncan Cran Community C.A.R.E.S”
Our Vision and Mission Statement:
Duncan Cran School is a safe, positive, respectful learning environment.
SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
Duncan Cran C.A.R.E.S. Students and staff are:
Confident Academically successful Respectful and Responsible Emotionally Aware
We invite parents to help us fulfill this mission and to be part of the educational process. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please call the school and set up an appointment with the principal, classroom teacher, or other support staff.
THE NATURE AND CONTEXT OF DUNCAN CRAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Duncan Cran Elementary is a Kindergarten to grade 6 school with approximately 305 students. We have a Strong Start, daily pre-school program and a before and after school Daycare which are an integral part of our school. Our student population has grown over the past few years because there has been a lot of new development around our school. We have a community garden and each of the classes in our school learns about food security and how to grow and harvest their own food. We are in the process of building a “maker space room” to encourage our students to use applied skills and designs to engage, create and learn.
At Duncan Cran we value our community and teach our children the importance of a diverse community. We are made up of individuals with unique skills and abilities and together we form our community. We are a PBS school focusing on developing Positive Behaviour. Our school focus is to develop the social, emotional, and academic potential for our students. A goal of our school is to make connections and form emotional attachments to develop a strong sense of community. When the staff and parents work as a team for their child’s betterment then the student flourishes and grows. You will see that Social Responsibility is our first human and social goal and as a staff we dedicate time weekly to develop meaningful relationships with our students, teach positive social interactions, and help students become interdependent and supportive of each other. We believe that if students feel that they are part of a community, they will also improve their self-image and this will also be reflected in improved academic performance.
To support our students, we have a 0.8 Learning Assistance teacher, 18 teachers, a .5 librarian and two Reading Intervention Teachers. We have a strong School Based Team that meets weekly to discuss the needs of our school. We have approximately sixteen educational assistants whom work with ministry-designated students to facilitate their development. We also have a part time school counselor whom works with a variety of students on an ongoing basis to support their emotional needs. Twenty-five percent of the school’s population is Aboriginal students. An Aboriginal Support Worker works with these students and their families to provide academic, emotional, and cultural support. She does cultural activities with our school community to help develop an awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal culture for all of our students.
The staff supports the goals of the school through professional development activities and by working collaboratively to meet the students’ needs. We take the approach that in order to maximize student learning we are all responsible for all of the students. Therefore, we develop school wide programs to provide a continuous sequence and framework for students. This allows students to develop and build their skills throughout their career at Duncan Cran School.
Our teachers have worked hard to implement practices that will help our students experience ongoing success. The Wireless Writing Project (WWP) has enabled our grade 5 and 6 students to use IPads and laptops to expand their learning and has helped our intermediate students become better writers. We have received a grant to implement coding in a grade 4/5 classroom. We are working on building a maker room where students can use applied design skills to be creative. All students are learning how to be environmental stewards and we have a community garden teaching our community about food security. We are currently working on becoming an Earth School in the Green School Program.
We have Parent Advisory Council that offers events to bridge the gap between the home and school. They meet monthly to discuss school programs and ways to support the children in the school. This group of parents is very supportive of the school and offers valuable insight to the teachers and administrators. Our Executive members from our PAC join us on our School Planning Day, and at the beginning of every staff meeting, which ensures that there is a parent voice in our school and Framework for Enhanced Student Learning.
Our staff and parents are committed to our learning community and we strive to work together to improve the learning of our students. Our learning framework allows our school to enhance student learning and potentials.
HUMAN AND SOCIAL GOAL FOR DUNCAN CRAN
Goal 1: Social Responsibility
Through adult collaboration, modeling, and communication, teachers will teach students to interact with people in a positive manner to ensure students and staff feel safe at school. Students will demonstrate their learning by their interactions with others throughout the school.
Rationale: Our culturally diverse school community will foster a sense of positive identity, understanding that every person is unique, capable, and has potential. Students, staff and our community will support each other in reaching their potential and developing internal awareness and awareness of others. As a community we will advocate for each other. Students need to be self-aware. As global citizens students see themselves as an integral member of the school community, and appreciate the strengths and potential of others.
Establish school wide behavioural expectations through teaching and learning positive behaviour throughout the school. Each class will participate in Zones of Regulation and Incredible Flexible You.
Establish a safe and caring learning environment for all Duncan Cran school community, and appreciating the strengths and potential of others.
Contribute to a positive classroom and school community recognizing our unity through diversity and inclusion.
Learn to solve problems in peaceful ways (Ministry Social Responsibility Performance Standards Category).
- Zones of Regulation Program
- School Based Team (SBT) – Weekly collaboration and team meetings regarding at risk students and students with special needs.
- Incredible Flexible You.
- Golden bucket for keeping classroom clean
- Gotchas: when a child exemplifies the monthly virtue a teacher gives them a gotcha and they can exchange the gotcha for a book. Occurs at each assembly.
- Monthly themes on various Virtues. Students learn about the virtues and practice them
- Buddy classroom partners
- Peer mentoring / modeling
- Recycling program
- School Virtue posters – class/hall/gym
- Virtues: teaching of virtues
- Community – Pitch In cleanup of our neighbourhood
- Teachings from Shelley Moore: looking at the book One Without the Other
- Fill a bucket in some rooms: doing positive things for other
- Community Garden: teaching about Food Security
- Green School Program: Working on Earth School Status.
- Environmental Stewardship: Learning about caring for our environment.
- Energy Diet – 3 years Top School in Canada winners. Learning how to be literate in Energy and Social Responsibility
- Destination Conservation – 5 year program on Energy Conservation
- Environmental Stewardship
- Children Helping Children is our philosophy, and DC students have donated to the following organizations over the past number of years – Sponsor a child in Zambia each year and continuing, Christmas Hamper, SPCA, World Wildlife Fund, Alberta Children’s Neurosurgery Hospital, Autism Canada, Feed the Children Canada, Make a Wish Foundation, Ronald MacDonald House BC, BC Cancer Agency, Cystic Fibrosis, Terry Fox Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation. We have donated over 20 000 in the past five years.
INTELLECTUAL GOALS FOR DUNCAN CRAN
GOAL 2: Literacy
To improve students’ academic progress in the area of Literacy.
Rational: Students, parents and educators will work together to foster a community of learners that are engaged in a wide range of language activities to improve reading, writing and speaking. Student engagement will increase by setting clear learning intentions which are communicated with students and families regularly using a variety of media especially technology based. Engagement will begin with individual interests and expand to community and cultural relevance. We include parents as partners and provide ways that parents can support their child’s learning. Focus 2 involves students setting goals, speeches and sharing with parents, as well as other opportunities for expression.
To increase student engagement in Literacy.
To improve students expressive language ability.
- Collaboration with Literacy Itinerant
- Guided Reading
- Tumble Books
- Primary-multi sensory approved
- Animated alphabet/ jolly phonics
- Recovery / R. Intervention
- Buddy Reading
- Young Readers Program
- QCA/ Cold writes
- Lots of eyes on text
- Read around the room
- Home Reading – Pizza
- Freedom Book Reports
- Novel Studies
- Show learning in creative ways – multiple choices
- New Writing Programs
- Traits of Writing/ Writing without Tears/
- Teaching writing in kind
- Buddy Boxes
- Jolly Phonics
- Animated literacy
- Word Games
- Accessing District Support Staff
- Home Reading
- Higher book circulation with older students
- Network of Performance Based Schools – focus on developing leadership skills through collaboration
- Once we receive the Foundation Skills Assessment results, the Learning Assistance teacher does a further assessment and intervention for students who are at risk.
- Super Sentence and Perfect Writing a Sentence, Book, Paragraph
- Current Events – Social Studies, Science, L.A.
- Animated Literacy, Words Their Way – Look for new and fresh ideas, making words, and making big words
- Current Events
- Super Sentences and Perfect Paragraphs
GOAL 3: NUMERACY
To improve the numerical confidence and understanding of Math Concepts for all students.
Rationale: Students ability and understanding in Math will develop and foster life long opportunities.
To improve primary students understanding of foundational numeracy skills.
To support intermediate students ability to view and navigate their world with an abstract and concrete mathematical perspective.
- Use of manipulatives
- School District 60 District Numeracy Assessment.
- Math itinerant Mentorship available
- Math Games
- Ten Frame Strategies
- Math Makes Sense
- New Curriculum support Documents
- Trevor Caulkins resources
- Math 44 Resources
- Math Talks Resources
- District Inservices
- Developing a Maker Space where students can explore Applied Design Skills
CAREER/SKILL DEVELOPMENT GOAL FOR DUNCAN CRAN
Goal 4: Careers
To teach students that strong communities are the result of being connected to family and community and working towards common goals
To offer students the opportunity to explore and develop personal interests, passions and competencies while making connections with learning opportunities and thinking of possible career and life path possibilities. Students discover that a career is a journey that involves lifelong planning and learning.
Focus 1: To engage students in learning about the roles of members in the community.
Focus 2: To explore career possibilities.
Goal 5: To improve Applied Skills Design and Technology.
For students to discover designs grow out of natural curiosity and skills can be developed through play.
Rationale: Play and designing builds cognitive knowledge by offering countless opportunities for sustained attention, problem solving, symbolic representation, memory development, and hypothesis testing.
Focus 1: To create a maker space allowing students to explore and build designs developing their creativity and curiosity.
Focus 2: To enhance student understanding of applied skills and technologies by school wide exploration activities.
System Wide Capacity Building within our School Community
Our school offers a number of team based supports to help enhance student learning and growth. Our team consists of the Principal, Vice Principal, Aboriginal support worker, Learning Assistant, Behaviour Support teacher, Reading Recovery/ Complex Classrooms Teacher, and Counselor. We have a school-based team (SBT) that meets weekly to discuss the needs of our school community. The SBT puts plans into action offering supports in terms of classroom profiles, emotional needs, academic needs, positive behavior supports, classroom managements, self-regulation and flexible schedules. Each teacher meets with the team to go over classroom profiles and what supports are needed and can be offered. As a school we are focusing on PBS (Positive Behaviour Supports). Our community looks at various virtues, positive behaviours, which are taught in the classroom and at school assemblies. Each month our school has a focus virtue that we teach and practice. Our school has committed to learn and practice Zones of Regulation. Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared towards helping students gain skills to be consciously aware of their actions which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. We are also using a program called Incredible Flexible You, which teaches students about Social Skills. Our school strives to use common language and common teachings for our students in order to help build and develop appropriate skills. Our school has PBS days of focus, Zones of Regulation Days where all classes learn skills as well as Incredible Flexible You training. We are also as a staff focusing on Shelley Moore’s teachings about Diversity and Inclusion. The SBT attended the Shelley Moore workshop. Each staff member will receive Shelley’s book: One Without the Other: stories of unity through diversity and inclusion. As a staff we are focusing on UDL strategies.
Academically our school has been focusing on the BC New Curriculum. Information can be found: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca
We are focusing on alignment with the District and Ministry goals set out for academic success. We are focused on continued improvement and lifelong learning. As a school we meet for professional development around the District and Ministry guidelines. Our structures includes assessment for learning, inquiry based learning, using SMART goals, and we have been doing a lot of work around Universal Design for Learning to support inclusive planning for all students. Our school goals listed above are our keystones for collaboration. There are many collaboration opportunities for our staff. Staff is given the opportunity to have time for collaboration to meet to discuss and work towards our goals together, we make use of professional development offered by the district, as well as District Itinerants.
COMMUNICATION PLAN FOR PARENTS
Duncan Cran Framework for Enhancing Learning will be communicated to parents in a number of ways. We have this document to share and parents can have a hard copy as requested, it will also be placed on our school website and school Facebook page. We have a bulletin board in our school, in which a display will be made for presenting this plan. The PAC will have a copy of the plan and time to talk about it at the PAC meeting.
This school year we had a photo contest for our community based around the success of our school and what the community notices and appreciates. Pictures will be posted on our school bulletin board as well.
Parents are offered the opportunity to attend our planning day professional development days.
At Duncan Cran we work hard to involve our parents and welcome them into our school. We believe that the community of our school extends out into our city community and strive towards sharing what we are doing at our school with the broader community at large.