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Principal Message: December 2014

Glendale School Michelle Speight






School Development Planning at Glendale School

  • How can our school improve intellectual engagement?
  • What strategies improve student intellectual engagement?
  • What is the link between intellectual engagement and student academic success?

Our work across the Calgary Board of Education continues to focus on student learning experiences as key to building a highly responsive and flexible school system.  Throughout the last two months, teachers at Glendale School have worked together to examine last year’s Provincial Achievement Test data (gr. 6), Provincial Accountability Survey results (gr. 4-6), this year’s Student Learning Assessment data (gr. 3), and our school-based Tell Them From me Survey results (gr. 4-6) to better understand our students and the impact that teacher practice has on academic success.

Based on the data story and gap analysis of Glendale School and the direction of *Alberta Education’s Inspiring Education Document which focuses on creating a K-12 education system that seeks to foster Engagement, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Ethical Citizenship, teachers have selected to intentionally focus on improving intellectual engagement through a strategic approach to goal setting or creating “learning plans” with our students as our “theory of action” for the 2014-2015 school year.

Glendale School’s School Development Plan

Theory of Action:  Through the use of purposeful and structured goal setting practices (SMART goals, identifying strategies, measuring success, reflection and ongoing feedback) students will demonstrate an improvement in intellectual engagement in learning thereby resulting in an improvement in our students’ overall academic success.

This theory of practice is anticipated to result in an improvement of student academic success at Glendale School.   Our next step as a staff is to select specific measures to measure our success in this work together.  We are genuinely excited about the possibilities that this work will offer to our students and the impact that it will have on all of our learning.  More information about our School Development Plan and our anticipated focus on goal setting will be shared at January’s School Council meeting on Monday, January 19th.  We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us in this conversation.

Most sincerely,
Michelle Speight
Proud Principal of Glendale School

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