Being Well is at the heart of doing well. We can only put our best foot forward in the classroom when we create the conditions for success. We know that we have to take care of our own wellness and that of others - to support students and staff alike in striving to be our best selves every day. Supportive, inclusive and effective learning environments require connectedness and supportive relationships among all members of the learning community in order to ensure physical and emotional safety of self and spirit. Academic excellence occurs in an environment where love, caring and belonging are foundational elements.
We will value everyone’s strengths, stories and voices to build meaningful connections with one another.
- How do I do this with adults as well as with students?
- How am I ensuring I have gathered everyone’s voice?
- How do I allow time and space for individuals to share divergent opinions and experiences?
- What biases do I have that might prevent me from recognizing strengths, stories and voices?
Equity Goal: We will learn about the history of racism and oppression and develop skills for anti-oppression and anti-racism practices that honour the well-being and intrinsic dignity of every person.
- Engage meaningfully in formal and informal learning opportunities related to oppression and equity in a manner that is practice changing
- Co-create accountable spaces while also allowing for mistakes on our learning journey.
- Use faith, including Catholic Social Teachings, as an entry point for those who are struggling to see their place in equity work
Learning Actions to Create a Culture of Belonging
- Use a growth mindset when discussing math teaching and learning.
- Embed the concepts of Strand A throughout PD and in formal/ informal meetings about math.
- Use an asset lens when referring to student learning and student work
- Build relationships amongst staff as Coaches, Teachers, Principals and support staff work to bring structured literacy to classrooms
- PD that fosters empathy and inclusion in STEM learning
- Foster partnerships with Indigenous Knowledge holders in order to listen to various perspectives about the land and caring for the land
- When working in small groups, ensure everyone knows each other and feels comfortable discussing the data
- Find out what particular interests people have in the results in order to make sure they get highlighted
- Continue to support the practice of Christian Meditation
- Ensure a holistic approach by nurturing the whole child (body, mind and spirit) to create a culture of belonging.
- Collaborate on the Equity Action Plan (reference Catholic Social Teachings) & Mental Health & Well-being Plan
- to celebrate diverse charisms while reflecting on shared identity, hopes and mission (2nd goal of Board Pastoral Plan
- Engage in regular communication with all Indigenous communities.
- Engage in four Indigenous Education (FNMI) Committee meetings to promote discussion, reflection and to seek feedback
- Ensure all students have voice and choice in their learning
- Provide opportunities for staff to build connections within and across school teams as they create revised course content
- Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) opportunities available in every high school
- Supporting building community among staffing groups including co-op teachers, guidance, applied tech disciplines, Centre for Success, SHSM coordinators and leads, Dual Credit teachers, SIP groups
- Align and adapt programming according to student interest/voice, learning needs and feedback
- Individual Pathway Plan (IPP) to be completed by all students 7-12
- Support and ensure engagement with Tier 1 interventions that include student voice to foster meaningful connections, safe relationships (eg. We Are All Tier 1) and to celebrate learning diversity.
- Support collaborative problem solving that provides time and space for student voice and focuses on student strengths and affirming language.
- Build system capacity by engaging in relational approaches to mental health & well-being practices (e.g. Connect Your Dots, We Are All Tier 1, The Third Path, Restorative Practice)
Inspiring Faith to strengthen the foundation of Christ in our Catholic schools and spark a call to service in the greater community.
- We will enhance connections between the home, school, parish and community in order to provide outreach and see the face of God in each person we serve.
- We will find unity in the body of Christ and see God in the natural environment through Liturgy and the Mass.
- We will use various resources including Auditing our Catholic Schools and A Pastor’s Journal to identify ways that we can continue to be the Christ light for others and build community through symbols, words and actions.
Valuing Relationships to empower our students and staff as we work together to realize the great promise of Catholic Education.
- We will create an environment in all workplaces that has at its core “the art of accompaniment,” keeping Jesus at the centre of our community as we model ministry, acceptance and love.
- We will foster a sense of respect for the unique expertise and strengths of each individual, acknowledging and celebrating the efforts of our students and staff and working to ensure they feel valued, empowered and supported.
- We will demonstrate servant leadership by creating inclusive learning and work environments grounded in gratitude and empathy for the work that we do and the people we serve.
- Nurturing Mental Health & Well-being to create healthy environments in which we work, learn and teach, understanding that we have to be well in order to learn, to teach, to lead, to support and to fulfill the demands of each of our roles.
- We will engage in professional development for creating healthy interpersonal relationships/ partnerships, workspaces and classrooms.
- We will enhance collaborative efforts across our organization directed at working as a cohesive team to bring about ideal work and learning environments.
- We will strive to be open, humble, and receptive to opportunities for learning and personal growth that build our individual knowledge
Providing Excellence in Teaching and Learning to maximize student engagement through effective assessment practices, deep inquiry learning, student voice and choice.
- We will teach students to think critically, ask questions and communicate their thinking.
- We will continue to support deep inquiry learning and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to ensure all students can achieve success.
- We will focus on student strengths and identify areas for growth using assessment for, as and of learning.
Ensuring Equity to create a culture of belonging that promotes spiritual, emotional, mental and physical safety through advocacy and aspiring allyship.
- We will provide staff with the necessary space and time to engage in reflective dialogue, identify personal learning goals and engage in learning through an equity lens.
- We will review curriculum resources through a culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy lens to critically evaluate the resources we use to ensure materials represent diverse perspectives.
- We will use the Student Census Survey Data and Equity Continuum Resource (OISE) to inform our Catholic Board and School Improvement goals on an annual basis.
Expanding Technology to enable staff and students to apply, analyze, evaluate and create their thinking and learning in creative and innovative ways while encouraging staff and students to develop new ways of using technology.
- We will provide all students with appropriate technology and implement a balanced inquiry-based model of online and in-person learning so that students can clearly make their thinking visible and use technology where most impactful.
- We will facilitate ongoing learning and increase the confidence of educators and students with up-to date, real-world applications and technologies that meet industry standards and will support our students well into the future.
- We will ensure students and staff are provided with a growing repository of applications, programs and learning opportunities that meet safety and privacy requirements as they competently employ technology to demonstrate their thinking and learning.