Vision to Goal Setting
What is our Vision for Learning?
The Plan started with our Mission: The Cleveland School mission is to provide an environment that fosters the emotional, social and physical well being and the intellectual development of all students. Cleveland School will promote a positive self concept, respect for self, respect for others, respect for the environment, fitness and health. We then wanted to capture the true identity and culture of our school and its community.
The nine member Planning Team includes primary and intermediate teachers, community members, school administration, and members of our Family of Schools’ Leadership Team. The team spent our first year together, 2016-2017, establishing the framework for goal setting. We worked together to truly come to terms with what made Cleveland a special school and a unique school.
Many unique aspects of the school repeatedly came into our discussions. Among them are:
- the extensive and welcoming library at the centre of the school,
- our full time classroom Music program,
- our First Nations welcome carving,
- the outdoor play, work, and classroom spaces,
- our Band and Strings program,
- our students’ access to French Immersion and English programs,
- the extensive volunteerism in the school,
- the vey involved Cleveland Parent Advisory Council and the work the members do,
- our two gyms, and the access the physical education they provide,
- the variety of out of class learning experiences provided daily,
- the forests surrounding the school,
- our courtyard and magnificent Dawn Sequoia,
- our students’ access to technology,
- our on-site out-of-school-care facility,
- our salmonid program
The Planning Team spent considerable time looking to identify and define our school culture, within a framework and understanding of what were our ‘biggest hopes’ and our ‘biggest fears’ for the Plan.
With alternate learning spaces being identified as a key element of our vision in our School Plan, we felt it only appropriate to use the TREE analogy as a framework to house the words that our community feel are the best descriptors of the school.
Planning & Implementation
What is our Action Plan?
The planning process was conducted over the latter half of the 2016-2017 school year, and included gathering data from our parent community, staff, and student body through a series of surveys and questionnaires.
The data informed us that three areas in particular stood out as being the most important to our community. Chief among these was the students’ access to non-traditional ways of learning, special activities, and interaction with nature. The data supported the following areas:
a) enhancing and support our use of ‘alternate learning spaces’
b) supporting a researched based approach to improving student literacy levels
c) staff engagement in regular and systematic professional development
Therefore, our Vision and our Goal statements were crafted to embrace these three objectives:
Vision: Every member of the Cleveland School Community supports a school culture that inspires continuous achievement and positive growth.
Goal: At Cleveland School we focus on HOW TO LEARN by encouraging the pursuit and appreciation of life-long learning, within the context of research-based learning experiences, both in and beyond the classroom.
Our three Objectives were formalized to read:
Cleveland staff will actively reinforce individual student engagement and success by creating, supporting, facilitating, and investigating alternate and creative learning activities, in a variety of settings
Cleveland staff will support and enhance a research based approach to improving individual student Reading and Writing levels (home support, variety, Intervention Strategies, RTI)
Cleveland staff will actively engage in regular and systematic professional development and in-service, AND maintain a professional awareness of new and creative curricula, research based methods and strategies of teaching to diversity
Monitor Evaluate & Adapt
What are our Indicators of Progress?
In order to monitor and evaluate our goal and its three objectives, we have created a Reflection and Feedback loop. In relation to our three objectives, this reflection and feedback loop included the following evaluation points.
Objective 1 Cleveland staff will actively reinforce individual student engagement and success by creating, supporting, facilitating, and investigating alternate and creative learning activities, in a variety of settings
Objective 1 Reflection and Feedback: Cleveland School does and will continue to schedule into the school calendar, programs and initiatives that support this objective. Student and staff surveys will be conducted yearly to evaluate the variety and frequency of the scheduling of alternate learning opportunities and activities. This data will be used for planning purposes for subsequent years.
Objective 2 Cleveland staff will support and enhance a research based approach to improving individual student Reading and Writing levels (home support, variety, Intervention Strategies, RTI)
Objective 2 Reflection and Feedback: School and grade level scores on norm-referenced assessments, report card performance standards, and class writing samples will be used bi-anually to provide supporting data for this objective. This data will be use to inform support programs, classroom instructional resources and methods, and long term instructional planning at the classroom level.
Objective 3 Cleveland staff will actively engage in regular and systematic professional development and in-service, AND maintain a professional awareness of new and creative curricula, research based methods and strategies of teaching to diversity
Objective 3 Reflection and Feedback: Staff will be polled yearly to provide data related to the variety and frequency of professional development opportunities and events they have been involved in. The school’s Professional Development Committee and the school administration will document efforts to make staff aware of professional opportunities, new curricula, creative approaches to instruction, research based methods and pedagogy, and strategies of teaching to diversity.
How do we Communicate our Progress?
Cleveland School staff is committed to communicating our progress toward the three objectives of our Plan in a regular and systematic fashion.
Methods of communication will include:
- informal updates to parents
- formal report card updates three times per year,
- SchoolConnects updates
- special bulletins to parents,
- monthly newsletters,
- open house/meet the teacher events,
- special presentations: Band and Strings, music, concerts, performances,
- field trip updates,
- seasonal events,
- PAC bulletins,
- Fresh Schools emails,
Latest Progress & Updates
Term 3, 2019-20 and Term 1, 2020-21 Updates
March 2020 saw a number of profound changes to Cleveland school, the school district, provincially, and in fact globally, as the COVID19 pandemic took hold.
The return after Spring Break saw the schools operating according to Ministry of Education Stage 5 protocols. Â All instruction toÂ students was provided via remote learning, through the MS Teams interactive on-line platform.
June brought back a level of face to face instruction as students were now permitted back in the school building, under very strict health and safety protocols. Â K-7 students were permitted 1-2 days of face to face instruction with the ‘hybrid’ model providing the rest of the instruction via the remote Teams platform.
September 2020 saw a return to school, in a carefully controlled Stage 2 format. Â Stage 2 saw the majority of students (at Cleveland 490/512) return to face to face instruction, full time, and the suspension of the ‘hybrid’ model, which supplemented this with an on-line component.Â
This return to in-person instruction necessitated a number of changes, which moved forward hand in hand with the Cleveland goal of providing access to alternate learning spaces. Â These were primarily out-of-doors.
While necessitated by the COVID crisis, our desire and intention to provide as much instruction out-of-doors fell into place nicely with our school plan.
Our courtyard teaching and learning space was completed over the summer months, and was now an ideal location for providing instruction. Â It was used all day, every day, and a booking schedule was put into place. Â
Click on the button below for our district blog post on the newly renovated courtyard:
In addition to the fabulous teaching and learning opportunities provided by out courtyard teaching area, we also supplemented out out-of-doors teaching locations with the assistance of daily parents volunteers. Â These volunteers set up tables in select outdoor locations daily, at 9:15 am and then take them down at 2:45 daily. Â Accompanying the tables are canopies to keep the students under cover and dry.
The following photos are examples of the variety of ‘alternate’ learning locations and opportunities provided to the students of Cleveland School throughout the year.