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Vision to Goal Setting

What is our Vision for Learning?

Vision

Brooksbank Elementary School is a vibrant learning community where all learners feel a sense of belonging, where diversity is honoured, and where all students are valued for their individual strengths.

All members of the Brooksbank Learning Community are committed to building a foundation of social-emotional wellbeing for every student in order to enable personal and academic growth.

In alignment with the North Vancouver School District, we are guided by our core values of trust, respect, responsibility, collaboration, and by the four pillars of educational practice. We also incorporate the First Peoples Principles of Learning into our practice. At Brooksbank we believe that Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the foundation for all learners’ success. These social-emotional skills need to be modelled in our everyday interactions, intentionally taught in our classrooms, and continually reinforced by all staff. We understand that learning takes patience, time, and should ultimately support the well-being of the self, the family, the community, and the land.

Our Beliefs

Values
Respect
Responsibility
Trust
Collaboration

Our Process: Engagement and Learning
School Wide Identification of Vision and Values
School Wide Identification of School ‘Need’
School Wide Identification of School Focus – Goal
Strategic Action Plan
Ongoing assessment and progress monitoring
Utilization of school structures to support growth
Staff Meetings
Primary and Intermediate Team Meetings
Indigenous Education Team
SEL Team

Where are we now

Whole school commitment to Social Emotional Learning Goal

Commitment to learning – Staff Meetings and Professional Development are allocated to staff learning to increase our knowledge and understanding of the CASEL framework of Social Emotional Learning

Building a common understanding and language amongst the adults in our learning community

Training and incorporation of the Collaborative Problem Solving model

Commitment to the alignment of our Brooksbank Code of Conduct to our focus on Social Emotional Learning

Incorporation of the Indigenous Worldview

Ongoing communication and resource sharing with parent community

Alignment with behaviour support strategies – focus on Collaborative Problem Solving

Intentional teaching of the aspects of the CASEL framework for Social Emotional Learning

Core Team
Brooksbank’s Core Social Emotional Learning Team represents the voice of all of Brooksbank’s educational stakeholders and makes recommendations to guide our actions. It is a voluntary team who also provides leadership in the school planning process. The team currently includes Claire S., Wendy Z., Tania V., Meghann T., Angela M. Vanessa B., Chantry C..

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Planning & Implementation

What is our Action Plan?

Social-Emotional Goal & Objective

Our Goal
To improve all learners’ sense of belonging, academic success, and positive behaviour through the intentional and systemic teaching of SEL skills.

Objective 1
All members of our learning community will have awareness and understanding of the five domains of CASEL’s Social Emotional Learning Framework.

Objective 2
All 5 domains of the CASEL Social Emotional Learning framework will be intentionally taught in every classroom and will be a priority throughout the school community.

Intentional Teaching of SEL skills
Staff have determined that we will focus on each of the 5 components of the CASEL framework. Self Awareness is the first of the 5 skills that we will be teaching. 


Self Awareness: Learning Targets
The first competency that we will be working on is Self Awareness. The learning targets for our students are:
To accurately identify and name our emotions.
To recognize that our emotions are temporary – they will and can change.
To recognize our strengths and stretches.
To show confidence that we can handle our daily tasks and challenges.


Self Management: Learning Targets
The second competency that we will be working on is Self Management. The learning targets for our students are:
1. To control our impulses and our actions.
2. To use learned strategies to manage our stress.
3. To be motivated to do our best in all our daily tasks.
4. To set goals for ourselves and make a plan to achieve them.


Social Awareness: Learning Targets
The third competency that we will be working on is Social Awareness. The learning targets for our students are:
We will use perspective taking when communicating with others and problem solving.
We will show empathy for others in all situations.
We will appreciate diversity; understanding that we all have similarities and differences.
We will show respect for others at all times regardless of our differences.


Universal Strategies
SEL: School Wide Strategies
~Regular announcements – education, common language, celebration
~Standing item on Primary and Intermediate team agenda – sharing of ideas/successes/challenges
~Hallway Display – adding description and learning targets to the competency
~Community – sharing of common language/resources with parents
~Student Voice – SEL Student Leadership Team

Targeted Strategies
SELF AWARENESS: Classroom Strategies
~Commitment of two teaching times a week build into all class schedules – SEL time (Classroom teachers to collaboratively plan with support from Core Team if needed)
~Staff provided with thorough resource list for ongoing use – updated regularly (picture books, websites, possible lessons)
~SEL Student Leadership Team to provide suggestions/ideas for increased sense of belonging

Intensive Strategies
SELF AWARENESS: Individual Strategies
~SEL language to be used when preparing Positive Behaviour Support Plans
~Individual or small group direct teaching by counsellor/LST/EAs

Academic Goal & Objective

Our Goal

Facilitate students’ academic growth and success through intentional support of Creative and Critical Thinking Core Competencies.

Objective 1

 Within the Creative Thinking Core Competency staff and students will focus upon the five “I” statements within Developing Ideas.

  • I make ideas work or change what I am doing.
  • I can usually make my ideas work within the constraints of a given form, problem, and materials if I keep playing with them.
  • I build the skills I need to make my ideas work, and usually succeed, even if it takes a few tries.
  • I use my experiences with various steps and attempts to direct my future work.
  • I can persevere over years if necessary to develop my ideas. I expect ambiguity, failure, and setbacks, and use them to advance my thinking.

Objective 2

Within the Critical Thinking Core Competency staff and students will focus upon the five “I” statements within Analyze and Critique.

  • I can show if I like something or not.
  • I can identify criteria that I can use to analyze evidence.
  • I can analyze evidence from different perspectives.
  • I can reflect on and evaluate my thinking, products, and actions.
  • I can analyze my own assumptions and beliefs and consider views that do not fit with them.

 Using the Creative and Critical Thinking Core Competencies, students will focus on their ability to examine their own thinking, and that of others. Students will progress through the continuum of the Creative and Critical Thinking Core Competencies.

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Monitor Evaluate & Adapt

What are our Indicators of Progress?

Staff Commitment to Learning

At Brooksbank, staff are continually learning and growing their skills in order to improve the overall educational opportunities for our students. Learning together on Professional Development Days and at Staff Meetings are an essential way for staff to monitor our progress in relation to our school goal, make any adjustments that may be needed, and ensure that we are continuing to grow as a Vibrant Learning Community.

We are also engaging in the Early Literacy Assessment in Kindergarten to Grade 3 to monitor literacy in the Primary grades. We will also use the Foundation Skills Assessment to supplement our knowledge to monitor Intermediate academic progress.

Second Step Post COVID

The first component that we will be working on is Self Awareness. The learning targets for our students are:
1. To accurately identify and name our emotions.
2. To recognize that our emotions are temporary – they will and can change.
3. To recognize our strengths and our stretches.
4. To show confidence that we can handle our daily tasks and challenges.

The second component that we will be working on is Self Management. The learning targets for our students are:
1. To control our impulses and actions.
2. To use learned strategies to manage our emotions and stress.
3. To be motivated to do our best in all our daily tasks.
4. To set goals for ourselves and make a plan to achieve them.

Intentional Teaching of Social Awareness
Student Learning Targets:
1. We will use perspective taking when communicating with others and problem solving.
2. We will show empathy for others in all situations.
3. We will appreciate diversity; understanding that we all have similarities and differences.
4. We will show respect for others at all times, regardless of our differences.

Data Collection

In order to measure our students’ growth in the goal areas, we will use the Self-assessment of the Core Competencies, which every child completes, and the Student Learning Survey which is completed in Grades 4 and 7. Combined these will inform our practice, professional development, and collaboration times.

When the evidence suggests that the majority of students practicing the goals independently, the goal will be archived but will still be taught in all classes to maintain the skills.

Next Steps
Develop and nurture SEL student leadership team
Continue to deepen our Student Voice through strategic action planning by our SEL student leadership team

Deepening staff understanding of Trauma Informed Practice in order to enhance our SEL work

Increase awareness of our new Code of Conduct – with an emphasis on Collaborative Problem Solving

School Wide Teaching – SECOND STEP Programme
Brooksbank is so excited about its role as a pilot school in the North Vancouver School District for school wide (K-7) implementation of the Second Step Program. This program aligns with our goal of intentionally teaching social emotional learning skills to improve our learning community’s sense of belonging, positive behaviour and academic success.

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Communicating Progress

How do we Communicate our Progress?

For Staff

Staff will be kept up to date at monthly Staff and C.U.P.E. Meetings, as well through staff email and the Week at a Glance for weekly events that support the our goals.

For the School Community

The Brooksbank community will be able to monitor our progress through this website, as well as reports at the monthly PAC Meeting, and monthly newsletters that are emailed to families, but also posted on the school’s website.

Methods of communication will include:
informal updates to parents
formal report card updates three times per year
SchoolConnects updates
open house/meet the teacher events,
special presentations: Band and Strings, music, concerts, performances
seasonal events
PAC bulletins

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Latest Progress & Updates

School plan was updated on May 25, 2021 to reflect the implementation of Second Step at the school level.

Items to add in 2021:

  • add Indigenous education goal
  • add photos to support plan
  • add visuals to support plan
  • add Early Literacy Assessment for academic goal