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Vision to Goal Setting

What is our Vision for Learning?

MISSION

The Capilano School Community will work together to provide learning opportunities that will enable students to develop as creative and inquiring individuals who are inspired to be lifelong learners and globally responsible citizens.

VISION

We provide a supportive learning environment that values diversity, promotes success and personal growth, and inspires students to become global citizens who accept responsibility for their learning.

VALUES

We will respect and value each other as professionals by being supportive, collaborative, and open to each other’s opinions and ideas.

We will demonstrate commitment to learning through continuous professional development.

We will provide a supportive and inclusive environment for all students.

At Capilano, we strive to deliver a modernized curriculum and assessment approach to education via the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). Our team of educators embody the IB Learner Profile attributes and seize opportunities for ongoing professional development to expand our pedagogical horizons. We are innovative, collaborative and collegial educators who model and appreciate a growth mindset. We endeavour to explore diverse cultures as part of our experience, including Indigenous world views and principles of learning.

We teach the children, not just the curriculum. By recognizing our students as unique learners with varying social-emotional needs, we are able to cater our instruction and school initiatives towards increasing student engagement and their sense of belonging.

We believe that all children have the right to participate, learn, and experience in the same classroom and school environment as their peers, regardless of the needs they may have. This year, our newly implemented Student Leadership Teams have been initiating a number of community activities that aim to develop a greater sense of belonging: assemblies and announcements; art and tutoring clubs; spirit and cultural events; library initiatives; and environmental stewardship.

Community is very important to us. We value opportunities for students, staff, parents, and other community members to be partners in educating and supporting our students. Student learning is enhanced by the various perspectives and expertise, and we value the knowledge and time they share.

Goal 1: International Baccalaureate (IB) Pedagogical Collaboration and Leadership –To collaboratively work with the PED Team to complete the Self-Study and implement the Capilano IB Primary Years Program Action Plan (including exploration of the Enhanced PYP)

Goal 2: Enhancing our Sense of Community – To support our community’s social and emotional well-being and our sense of belonging at Capilano, being mindful of:

  • Diversity of Students, Families, and Staff
  • Indigenous Education
  • Community Connections
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Planning & Implementation

What is our Action Plan?

Capilano Elementary's Strategic Action Plan:

Goal 1: International Baccalaureate (IB) Pedagogical Collaboration and Leadership

To collaboratively work with the PED Team to complete the Self-Study and implement the Capilano IB Primary Years Program Action Plan (including exploration of the Enhanced PYP)

  • Continued gathering of evidence for Self-Study of Capilano’s IB Self-Study (2018-2019) and IB Evaluation (2020)
  • Collaborative review and submission of Self-Study in December 2019
  • Single subject teachers collaborating with grade level teams to support the development of Units of Inquiry
  • Review IB Self-Study to prepare for the IB Evaluation (2020) *Moved from Spring 2020 to Fall 2020
  • Launch IB PYP Enhanced Program: Teams formed to explore and share about different aspects of the program
  • Single subject teachers collaborating with grade level teams to support the development of Units of Inquiry
  • Collaborative shift of teaching and learning to occur in a remote setting due to suspension of in-class learning because of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Collaborative creation of the Self-Assessment of the Core Competencies to focus on Approaches to Learning
  • Single subject teachers collaborating with grade level teams to support the development of Units of Inquiry

Goal 2: Enhancing our Sense of Community

To support our community’s social and emotional well-being and our sense of belonging at Capilano, being mindful of:

  • Diversity of Students, Families, and Staff
  • Indigenous Education
  • Community Connections
  • Student Leadership Team and Student Clubs: Communications Team; Spirit Team; Art Club; Chess Club; Library Drop-In; Green Team; Zentangle Club
  • Developing a greater understanding of Indigenous worldviews and teachings through NVSD Indigenous Support Workers in all grades
    • Professional Development Day: district-wide presentation by Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair’s and school-wide workshop focused on Colonization Road
    • Carson Family of Schools Indigenous Book Club
  • LST Pilot: LST Team focused on collaborative planning and teaching with Grade Groups, including the development of Class Profiles and Student Profiles
  • Review of Employee Engagement Survey (EES) and co-create the Capilano EES Action Plan
  • Events:
    • Welcome Back School Assembly focusing on Code of Conduct through student created videos and introduction of Capilano staff
    • Term 1 Community Lunch in buddy classes focused on gratitude (Orange Shirt Day and Thanksgiving)
    • Remembrance Day assembly organized in collaboration with several classes and led by Student Leadership Team
    • Share celebrations together with whole school through End of Term Assembly (November 2019)
    • Student/Family/Teacher Conferences (November 2019) to share student success and develop learning goals and support plans
    • Events/Performance Groups focusing on/connecting to Social Emotional well-being and creating a sense of belonging: Terry Fox/Nancy Leith Run; Orange Shirt Day; Goh Ballet
  • Vibrant Parent Advisory Council supporting a positive school community: Parent Volunteers in Classrooms and Library; Parent Volunteers for Special Events
  • Use of front entry-way monitor for sharing community photos
  • Support for technology, visiting artists, active play and healthy living
  • Engaging members of the Student Leadership Team in conversations during the Dinner & Dialogues for the creation of North Vancouver School District’s Strategic Plan
  • Continuing development of a greater understanding of Indigenous world views and teachings through NVSD Indigenous Support Workers in all grades
    • Carson Family of Schools Indigenous Book Club – Circle in the Box Activity
    • Dallas Gus (Indigenous Support Worker) was requested by students to teach Indigenous games and the Coast Salish Anthem
  • Staff collaborating on SEL initiatives, include making connections to student self-regulation of their behaviour in the classroom, the playground and other school areas for all staff
  • Continue LST Pilot: LST Team focused on collaborative planning and teaching with Grade Groups, including the development of Class Profiles and Student Profiles
  • North Vancouver School District’s School Rounds Pilot with Capilano Elementary and Norgate Elementary
    • Staff collaboratively explored and discussed: Social-Emotional Learning Resources (Second Step), Indigenous Education, Differentiating for our Learners (including Literacy Assessment)
  • Community Connections:
    • Backpack Buddies (all school year)
    • Afterschool Grade 6/7 Program with Capilano Community Services Society (all school year)
    • Harvest House Project
  • Events:
    • SEL (Trauma Informed Practice & Anxiety) presentation by teaching staff to other staff (December 2019)
    • Student Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Survey: Staff review of survey and develop action items for students, staff, and families (December 2019 – January 2020)
    • Term 2 Community Lunch in buddy classes focused on kindness (related to Pink Shirt Day)
    • Capilano Elementary – Family Literacy Week (January 2020)
    • Share celebrations together with whole school through End of Term Assembly (March 2020)
    • Events/Performance Groups focusing on/connecting to Social Emotional well-being and creating a sense of belonging: Flying Bob and Capilano Primary Winter Concert
  • Parenting Series – Capilano teacher presenting to Capilano parents a workshop on SEL and Self-Regulation
  • Use of front entry-way monitor for sharing community photos
  • Support for technology, visiting artists, active play and healthy living
  • Staff, Students, and Families collaborating to teach and learn remotely using various forms of technology
  • Student Self-Assessment on Approaches to Learning (Core Competencies)
  • Parenting Series shifted online as best as possible
  • Due to suspension of in-class learning related to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the following activities and events were cancelled or postponed:
    • Continuing development of a greater understanding of Indigenous world views and teachings through NVSD Indigenous Support Workers in all grades
      • Capilano having received the Indigenous Education Grant enabled the Capilano Indigenous Education Team to collaborate with the NVSD Indigenous Education Support Teacher to create the Indigenous Education Storytelling Unit. This unit was planned to occur in April 2020 as part of a school-wide project and would have also involved a school-wide assembly.
    • Term 3 Community Lunch focused on storytelling (Indigenous People’s Day)
    • Student-Led Conferences: Student Self-Reflections on learning goals from first term Student/Family/Teacher conferences
    • Student SEL Survey – Final survey to reflect upon the impact of actions implemented this school year
    • Community Connections:
      • SoundKreations – school-wide dance program for all grades over 2 weeks (March – April 2020)
      • Saleema Noon Organization – school-wide program for families and all grades (April 2020)
      • CFOS Social Media Presentation – social media presentation for families and grades 5-7 (April 2020)
      • Environmental Awareness – Oceans on Earth Day (April 2020)
    • Share celebrations together with whole school through End of Term Assembly (June 2020)
    • Use of front entry-way monitor for sharing community photos
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Monitor Evaluate & Adapt

What are our Indicators of Progress?

While our school plan is a “fluid document” that will change over the course of the year, we will endeavour to intentionally review our goals.

  • Reviewing evidence that demonstrates progress in relation to the 2015 Action Plan
  • Use of ManageBac system to develop, share and review Units of Inquiry between staff (enrolling and single subject teachers), student sharing of learning in the form of a digital IB Portfolio, Student/Family/Teacher conference forms, and Self-Assessment of the Approaches to Learning (Core Competencies)
  • Student, Parents, and Staff input/feedback about the 2018/2019 IB Self-Study & 2019/2020 IB Action Plan
  • Photographic evidence showing community building and sense of belonging amongst students, families, and staff
  • Action taken based on the School Plan – reviewed by the School Planning Committee (students, parents, and staff)
  • Results from the Student Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Surveys and Employee Engagement Survey Action Plan

School Planning Meetings 2019/2020

School planning meetings are opportunities for ongoing collaboration and communication between students, staff, and our parent community to continue to move forward with our strategic action plan.

  • Dinner Dialogue Meeting with Members of the School Planning Team – October 1, 2019
  • Dinner Dialogue Meeting with Members of the School Planning Team – January 15, 2019 *Cancelled due to weather
  • Virtual School Planning Team Meeting – May 22, 2020
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Communicating Progress

How do we Communicate our Progress?

Over the course of the school year, our community will continue to work towards improving our school culture where all learners are celebrated, and everyone has the opportunity to learn, share and grow. We will complete our 2019 IB PYP Self-Study and utilize tools to gain a better understanding of our community’s social and emotional well-being in our classrooms and on the playground.

Communication will include:

  • Sharing of the 2020 IB PYP Action Plan with the learning community at Capilano Elementary
    • Please Note: We completed our 2019 IB PYP Self-Study and Action Plan; however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and suspension of in-class learning, review by the International Baccalaureate Organization evaluation team was postponed from the spring of 2020 to the fall of 2020.
  • Seeking student feedback about school community initiatives and sharing this feedback with our community to incorporate student voice
  • Adding updates to our School Plan
  • Discussing at Meetings – School Plan and key data (e.g. IB PYP Standards and Practices, Employee Engagement Survey Action Plan, Student SEL Survey, and MDI Surveys) with our educational professionals
  • Sharing at PAC meeting – Implementation, updates, and progress related to the School Plan with parents at monthly PAC meetings
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Latest Progress & Updates

Goal 1: International Baccalaureate (IB) Pedagogical Collaboration and Leadership

Goal 2: Enhancing our Sense of Community