As outlined by Alberta Education
A leader understands and appropriately responds to the political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts impacting schools and the school authority.
Achievement of this competency is demonstrated by indicators such as:
(a) supporting the school community in understanding the legal frameworks and policies that provide the foundations for the Alberta education system;
(b) representing the needs of students at the community, school authority and provincial levels;
(c) engaging local community partners to understand local contexts;
(d) demonstrating an understanding of local, provincial, national, and international issues and trends and their implications for education; and
(e) facilitating school community members’ understanding of local, provincial, national, and international issues and trends related to education.
From prior, “Principal Quality Standard”
a) advocates for the needs and interests of children and youth
- I am a strong advocate for students. I am proud of my efforts to meet the needs of all of our students.
b) demonstrates a knowledge of local, national, and global issues and trends related to education
- Through my work on my Master’s courses and my PLN on twitter, I am becoming more aware of the global issues and trends related to education
c) assesses and responds to the unique and diverse community needs in the context of the school’s vision and mission
- St. Pat’s: We provide lunches and snacks to any student who requires it. We have set aside money to meet these needs. This year we have spent over $3000 feeding our students. Money well spent.
- Created a partnership with our local Parent Link agency to implement a Positively Me program for 12 girls ages 9-12. This program focuses on developing positive self-esteem. We ran a session at St. Patrick in the spring of 2013 and a session at St. Kateri in April/May 2014.
- Work closely with our school FNMI liaison to establish closer relationships with our FNMI families.
d) advocates for the community’s support of the school and the larger education system
- St. Patrick: Attempted to access a grant to provide a healthy snack program for our students. We were unsuccessful, but we continue to advocate to be a part of the city snack program.
- St. Patrick: Accessed funds through schoollifefund to purchase a class set of snowshoes to promote physical activity in our students.
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