Our focus for 2020-2021 shifted from inquiry-based learning towards something new and directly connected to our current passions, wonderings, and needs. Over the past year, our staff re-scanned the strengths and needs of our learners to find a new direction for our school story. Last year, we saw many new areas of growth in our school. In some divisions, our staff and students are participating in the Student Reporting Policy Pilot (SRPP) and the use of digital portfolios for assessment and reporting. Other classes are using reading assessments to support leveled literacy intervention. And in some areas, our teachers, staff, and students are exploring the creation of self-regulation spaces and flexible learning environments. Another common thread through the school is the inclusion of social-emotional learning strategies and tools to help our students self-regulate.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to understand and managae emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Schoolwide SEL is a systemic approach to integrating academic, social, and emotional learning across classrooms, the school building, and in collaboration with families and community partners.
Literacy is at the heart of learning and literacy education is larger than justt reading and writing. It is a fundamental set of skills necessary to decode and understand the world around us. A strong literacy framework is foundational in developing the strong academic, social, and personal skills necessary for our students to succeed and fluorish as students, friends, members of their family, and as citizens of the world.