Pre-Existing Supportive Structures: How GRE Supports the Needs of all Learners
At Glenrosa Elementary School we follow three formalized structures to assist us in identifying and supporting the needs of our learners, academically and social/emotionally. They are:
1. We follow a Pyramid of Support to ensure that we meet the needs of all learners. At the beginning of each term we meet as a School Based Team (Admin, Teacher, Counsellor, LAT, Resource Teacher and First Nations Advocate) to discuss how the students in each class are doing and determine where students are in the Pyramid of Intervention and to use this information to plan support. It is important to do this regularly, as the boundaries between the pyramid levels are fluid.
GRE Pyramid of Intervention for Support
2. We identify the needs of all learners through a series of data collection structures:
- Early Learning Profile (ELP)
- School wide writes (SWW)
- PM Benchmarks
- Whole Class Reading Assessment
- CSL performance standards (Report Cards)
- Staff obervations
3. We have in place a clear Flow Chart for seeking specialized support when identifying a student that is having difficulty.
Glenrosa SBT Flowchart
Collaborate with their teaching partners in order to collaboratively solve problems of teaching and learning.
- Co-plan and co-teach lessons and units with members of the SBT team in order to differentiate instruction to meet individual student needs.
- Meet as a School Based Team on a bi-monthly basis to collaboratively address issues with vulnerable students..
Spirals of Inquiry – Our Next Step in Supporting Learning
As of May 2016, the Ministry of Education removed the requirement for schools to have a School Planning Council (SPC) which consisted of representation of parents, teachers and administration. Our District believes strongly that although there no longer exists a formal SPC, important discussions about what is going on in the school with regards to improving student learning need to continue to happen and that parents, teachers and administration need to continue to work together to set goals and monitor student learning.
To that end, the process our District has chosen for setting goals is based on the idea of inquiry. Inquiry is about being open to new learning and taking informed action. Inquiry has six key stages: scanning, focusing, developing a hunch, new professional learning, taking action, and checking that a big enough difference has been made. At each stage in the spiral, three questions are asked:
• What is going on for our learners?
• How do we know?
• Why does this matter?
As a staff we engaged in the inquiry process for the first time, during the 2017-2018 school year. We began by asking ourselves the question, "What is going on for our learners?" and then we asked our students the Four Key Questions That Matter:
1) Can you name TWO adults in this school who believe you will be a success in life? How do they show you that they believe in you?
2) Where are you going with your learning? What are you learning? What are the big ideas that you are exploring? Why is this important?
3) How are you doing? What would you like to tell others about how you are doing with your learning? How do you know how you are doing?
4) Where to next? Tell me what the next piece of learning is for you? What do you need to do to get better at this?
Link to more information about the Spirals of Inquiry
To see our progress through the Spirals of Inquiry go to 'Inquiry Process' on this site.