Our education plan, Pathways to Learning, was collaboratively developed in 2012, and has been a gratifying success. In the past six years, we have seen our Indigenous and special education graduation rates soar, our overall graduation rate grow in similar fashion, our grade-to-grade transition rates improve significantly, and our suspension rates drop precipitously. More of our students are staying in school for engaging learning and then graduating with much-improved life chances.
But after six years, it has been important that we ask ourselves, “What else do we know about our students and how might we support them in making even greater gains?” To this end, we recently embarked on an Education Plan Refresh Process. As in 2012, this has involved multiple partners working together to examine community input, student data and research. We are very excited about the resulting refreshed plan which includes these notable key elements:
Diversity is a strength
Inclusion is a right
Personalization is the way forward
Pathways to Learning is much more than a document. The key elements guide our actions, including budgeting, staffing, staff training and, of course, instruction. They are intended to inspire great learning and you should hold us accountable for that.
The ideas represented in these plans are yours – the result of extensive consultation with hundreds of stakeholders. We invite you to ask our staff or students about the learning in our schools and around our communities. We have every confidence that with this plan to guide us, our students will, as our District vision suggests…love to learn here!