Vision to Goal Setting
What is our Vision for Learning?
What is our vision for learning?
The Ross Road school community of students, staff members and families work together to create and sustain an environment that encompasses and promotes our vision.
The School Community of Ross Road strives to support potential for all that values diversity and is built in a safe and caring environment.
At Ross Road we value…
Ross Road is welcoming, caring and inclusive. We foster a culture of engaged learners and critical thinkers, who are responsible and respectful. As a school community we promote a sense of belonging for all.
To foster a culture of kindness and inclusivity in the Ross Road school community.
To intentionally and purposefully integrate Indigenous content, knowledge and worldviews.
We acknowledge that in order to achieve success with these goal we need to:
- grow the social emotional competencies of all leaners
- value diversity
- include the First Peoples Principles of Learning and Indigenous worldview
Planning & Implementation
What is our Action Plan?
We started the school year in 2020 with a priority of health and safety and a focus on social emotional learning.
First, we committed to implementing the Second Step program school-wide. This included weekly Principals announcements and communications to families. Teachers explored the themes of Kindness & Inclusivity with students through their focus on acquiring and applying the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. As a staff we committed to support the intentional teaching of pro-social behaviours for all leaners.
Second, as a learning community we prioritized the First Peoples Principles of Learning in all aspects of our day. The learning community benefitted from working with District Indigenous Educators to meaningfully embed Indigenous content, knowledge and worldviews. As a staff our school-based professional development day and staff collaboration was focussed on Indigenous education where staff members participated in various workshops that included history (Truth).
We are in the process of collecting data from students, staff and families to better inform our next steps.
School Planning Team Members
Administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and students.
Monitor Evaluate & Adapt
What are our Indicators of Progress?
Indicators of progress
We continuously examine how our School Plan informs and reflects our values and our practice, by identifying and deepening the alignment between our goals, our decisions and our actions. We continue to consider the connection between our School Plan and our practice in the following areas:
- Professional development and collaboration activities
- Learning resources and budget choices
- Curriculum and instruction
- Communication and engagement of our school community
- Communication with families
- Gather students in small group to collect data around our school goals
- Continue to teach the Second Step program school-wide
- Continue to prioritize professional development around social-emotional learning and the First Peoples Principles of Learning & the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
How do we Communicate our Progress?
Goal: To foster a culture of kindness and inclusivity in the Ross Road school community.
- Second Step implementation
- Intentional teaching of pro-social behaviours
- Restorative justice focus
- Trauma-informed practice
- Use of Zones of regulation
- Classroom meetings
- School-wide collection of donations prior to winter break
Goal: To intentionally and purposefully integrate Indigenous content, knowledge, and worldviews.
Acknowledge the traditional and unceeded territory of theSkwxwÃº7mesh Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
We learn about Indigenous Ways of Knowing and First Peoples Principles of Learning across the curriculum.
We care for salmon eggs until they are ready to be released in our neighbourhood creek. A First Nations educator shares the history of salmon with students from an Indigenous perspective and shares stories of salmon from the local Squamish and Tseil-Watuuth Nations.
Students participate in weaving led by a District Indigenous educator.
Students explore Indigenous knowledge, history, and culture virtually and onsite via educators from the Cheakamus Centre.
The learning community creates Coast Salish inspired art led by a local Indigenous Artist.
Staff members engage in meaningful and rich professional development in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.
Latest Progress & Updates
The 2020-2021 school year has included unexpected global, national, provincial, and local events. These have demonstrated how important the thinking, communication and personal and social core competencies are. With the continued focus on the Social Emotional well-being for all, the resilience and strength or our learning community is evident. Our focus on Indigenous content, knowledge and Worldviews have been especially important given the climate of change and continued focus on the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action for all members of the Ross Road community.Â
What Is Next For 2021-2022?
In the fall, we will be re-visit Coast Salish drumming traditions and learn alongside the Indigenous Education Team.
We are committed to learning the Coast Salish Anthem school-wide. Further, we intend to use peer mentors to share the Indigenous weaving knowledge gained this past school year. We are excited to be starting an educator book club with the first title “The Power of Making Thinking Visiting; Practices to Engage and Empower All Learners” by Ritchhart & Church. Finally, will be in the second year of Second Step implementation and will continue to learn and implement trauma-informed practice.
In consultation with the current School Planning Committee we will be revising the current school goals and be adding objectives to better fit the current learning needs at Ross Road Elementary School.