As outlined by Alberta Education
The principal nurtures and sustains a school culture that values and supports learning.
a) promotes and models life-long learning for students, teachers and other staff
- I read, read and read professional resources. I like to share quotes or parts of what I have read with teachers and other staff when it is appropriate.
- In classrooms and in conversation with students I speak about the fact that I attempt each day to learn something new.
- Students and staff know that I am currently taking graduate courses. I share my experiences of learning.
- I encourage teachers to attend PD that is meaningful and relates to their goals and support these teachers as needed.
- This school year I have attended:
- the VRTA training (4 days)
- “When Kids Can’t Read” PD with Kylene Beers and Robert Probst. I took one of the strategies I learned and used it to introduce my staff to our KSA Learning during our next PLC at our staff meeting.
- I am registered to attend a PD session in August with John Hattie.
b) fosters a culture of high expectations for students, teachers and other staff
- Academic expectations are clearly articulated in many ways in our school. From teacher’s long range and unit plans to the student’s having a solid understanding of the outcome or daily learning expected.
- Behaviour expectations are clearly outlined at the beginning of the year and then through out the year in a variety of ways. I have re-vised the staff handbook and student agenda several times. I keep a copy on my desk that I make any notes, changes or additions to through the year.
c) promotes and facilitates meaningful professional development for teachers and other staff
- At the beginning of each school year, as a staff, we analyze our school data and district goals to determine a professional development focus. By collaborating to create goals, we all have ownership in the process.
- I work with a group of teachers to carry out our School Based Professional Development Days.
d) facilitates meaningful parental involvement and ensures they are informed about their child’s learning and development.
- An area of continual reflection for myself. The relationship between school and home is critical. I am constantly seeking out ways to communicate with our parents and families.
- The teachers at the school keep parents informed through monthly newsletters or web-sites. I receive a copy of their updates as well.
- I read through each student’s report card, I am available during Parent Teacher Interviews and I monitor student progress through conversations with teachers.
- We have implemented Family Fun Nights at the school. Our School Council plans many events through the year. These have included: Meet the Staff Bar-B-Q, Halloween Family Dance, Family Movie Night, Christmas Activity night and Spring Family Dance.
- We communicate through our monthly newsletter and school web-site.
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