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Title: The Constructs of Student Engagement within an Effective Teaching Practices Framework

The Constructs of Student Engagement within an
Effective Teaching Practices Framework
  • February 20, 2009

AgendaLive Video Simulcast with Saskatoon
Catholic School District
  • 830 Refreshments
  • 900 Greetings and Overview of the Day Paul
  • 930 Evergreens High School Review Report
  • Scott Hill, Manitoba School Improvement Program
  • 945 Constructs of Engagement and National
  • Penny Milton, Executive Director, CEA
  • 1030 Refreshment Break
  • 1045 Effective Teaching Practices Framework for
  • Dr. Sharon Friesen, Galileo Educational Network
  • 1200 Preparation for Afternoon Group Session
  • 1215 Lunch (on own)
  • PM Session at Dr. George Johnson Middle School
  • 130 Group meetings with dialogue on
    Engagement/Framework with guided questions
  • Sharon Friesen and Penny Milton facilitating
  • Groups will take a break at their own
  • 330 Adjournment
  • Group Configuration K-4 5-8 9-12
  • Note Grade cluster groupings will be posted at
    Dr. George Johnson School
  • First Steps in Math resource - twenty-minute
    presentations by Pearson for K-4 and 5-8 groups
    in library. Times will be posted.

Context for the Day
  • Over the past four years, Evergreen School
    Division has been engaged in collecting data from
    former graduates, students, teachers and
    community regarding the purpose of education and
    the processes and conditions for learning.

Student Voice
  • Data collected from our students has raised
    critical questions about issues such as student
    engagement and preparedness for life after

Need to Re-think Education?
  • The need to re-think the education of our
    adolescent learners is becoming widely
    articulated in education research
    e.g. CEA Getting it Right for
    Adolescent Learners
  • The changing expectations of post-secondary
    pathways for all students and high levels of
    student disengagement support a critical review
    of what we are doing in our schools.

What do we value, aim for and aspire to?
Vision, Mission, Values, BeliefsOur Foundations
  • The Board of Trustees, in consultation with
    stakeholders, have approved new Division
    Foundation Statements for Evergreen School

Why are Foundations Important?
  • To communicate
  • the purpose of our work
  • the values and beliefs that underpin our work
  • To inform our practice
  • To provide a reference point that helps us to
    evaluate our practices
  • To guide our decision-making

Evergreen Foundations
Vision Learning Today to Improve Tomorrow
Mission Evergreen School Division will engage students in learning to become contributing citizens of a democratic society.
Core Values Students Come First Learning is Our Core Purpose Public Education Serves the Common Good
Values and Beliefs
  • Students Come First
  • success for every student is the goal of our work
  • every student is capable of learning
  • every student has individual strengths and learns
    in a unique way
  • every student is respected and in turn respects
  • the diversity of our students will be
    acknowledged, recognized and celebrated
  • student learning is the basis for all school
    system decision making and leadership
  • resources will be used effectively and
    responsibly to meet students learning needs

Values and Beliefs
  • Learning is Our Core Purpose
  • learning empowers people to achieve their
  • learning requires relevance and engagement
  • learning requires a safe and caring environment
  • positive relationships are critical to the
    learning process
  • every person has responsibility for his/her own
  • learning requires a balance between social,
    academic and intellectual engagement
  • learning requires clean, well maintained and
    aesthetically pleasing physical environments

Values and Beliefs
  • Public Education Serves the Common Good
  • public education is essential for a vibrant
    democracy and a sustainable future
  • public education develops citizens who work
    toward the betterment of their family, community
    and the world
  • public education is a shared responsibility of
    the home, school, and community
  • public education requires a balance between
    academic, personal/social and physical
  • public education provides a foundation for
    life-long learning and responsible citizenship
  • public education must be responsive to the
    changing needs of society

What does it mean to be a contributing citizen?
  • Students will become informed and responsible
    decision-makers, playing active roles as citizens
    of our communities, Canada and the world, and
    will contribute to social, environmental, and
    economic well-being, and an equitable quality of
    life for all, now and in the future.
  • Characteristics of well-developed people in a
  • Reasonableness - able to think clearly, logically
  • Agency - acting on the basis of our own plans and
  • Relationship - a sense we have of other people
  • Morality - prudence, generosity, moderation,
    honesty, courage, and humility
  • Fenstermacher

Evergreens High School Review
  • The purpose of the project is aimed at
    conducting action research through the engagement
    of students, teachers, and community in
    reflective dialogue to inform change in Evergreen
    School Division high schools.
  • Research Questions
  • To what degree is there resonance or dissonance
    between our core beliefs about education and our
    experience with high school?
  • What can we learn from our successes?
  • How might we reconcile the challenges?

Research Partnerships
  • Evergreen School Division formed a research
    partnership with the Manitoba School Improvement
    Program (MSIP) and the Manitoba Association of
    School Trustees (MAST)to assist with this
    important research.

Evergreen Research Data Collection (2004-2008)
  • Former Grad/School Leaver Surveys
  • Division-wide Student Learning Forums
  • School-based Student Focus Groups
  • School-based Staff Focus Groups
  • Community-based Focus Groups
  • Division Planning Sessions
  • Evergreen Student Council

Students Staff Parents
  • Caring / Empathetic / Tolerant/ Compassionate
  • Wise
  • Committed/ Motivated/ Passionate/ Determined
  • Knowledgeable
  • Industrious / Perseverance
  • Open-minded / Learner / Tolerant / Adaptable
  • Inquisitive / Curious
  • Visionary
  • Confident
  • Empathetic
  • Worldly / Aware / Informed
  • Reflective/
  • Contemplative
  • Committed / Motivated
  • Knowledgeable / Skilled
  • Motivated / Committed
  • Open-minded / Adaptable
  • Inquisitive
  • Innovative
  • Experienced
  • Caring / Compassionate
  • Worldly / Well-rounded
  • Thoughtful / Understanding
  • Passionate
  • Knowledgeable
  • Industrious / Persistent
  • Open-minded / Learning
  • Sharing / Advises

Purpose of Education The Educated Person
  • Pro-Social / Civic-Mindedness
  • How one impacts the world (e.g. sustainable
  • Appreciation of diversity/social justice
  • Self-Development
  • Critical thinking
  • Morality
  • Agency
  • Functional / Material
  • Life skills
  • Preparation for career/work

Theme - Relationships
  • Building Positive Relationships
  • particularly between teachers and students, but
    also between all education partners.
  • groups of students, parents, and staff also
    recommended that the school division continue to
    pursue inclusive learning environments.
  • Democratize Decision-Making
  • include student, teacher, and community voice in
    setting the educational direction of the high

Theme - Relevance
  • Curriculum Relevance
  • need to integrate curricular outcomes across
    subjects, and connect them with educational aims.
  • curriculum must not be viewed as an end in
    itself, but as a means to get at the social,
    individual, and practical attributes that matter
    most to the citizens in Evergreen.
  • Assessment for Learning
  • pursue assessment practices characterized by our
    educational aims.
  • involve students in assessment and set grading
    criteria in advance.
  • assessment should be used to inform learning and
    instructional practices.

How Have we Addressed These Themes?
  • Relationships
  • Staff PD and Parent Session with Dr. Gordon
    Neufeld Relationships Matter in Fall 2007
  • Staff Professional Development and Parent Session
    with Corwin Kronenberg (Teaching Kids to be
    Responsible) in Fall 2008
  • School-based Student Success Initiatives
  • School-based Advisory Groups

  • Democratize Decision Making
  • Establish ESD Student Council in Spring 2008
  • Student involvement in teacher recruitment and
    selection (developed questions for interview
  • Student-developed teacher self-assessment tool
  • School beautification research
  • Former student action research project in
    conjunction with OISE
  • School-based planning involving teacher and
    student voice
  • Teacher Consultation Sessions
  • New Division Foundations

  • Curriculum/Assessment Relevance
  • New Assessment Procedures
    Assessment FOR/AS/OF Learning Guidelines
    for Grading Portfolio
    Implementation (K-12)
  • Professional Learning Community grants
  • Division PLC day February 2008 Relevance
  • Career and Technology Studies in High Schools
  • Relevance Teacher Action Research
  • Lobbying of MECY to identify Essential

WDYDISTWhat Did You Do In School Today?
  • The project is designed to test the potential of
    new ways of thinking about the concept of student
    engagement and their relationship to classroom
    practices and student achievement
  • Evergreen has completed three survey snapshots of
    all Grade 6-12 students. These results have been
    complied and shared with all of our Middle Years
    and High Schools

What do we want to find out?
  • What students are doing in classrooms
  • How students feel about their experiences of
  • Whether the work they are asked to do contributes
    to their learning
  • How classroom practices can be improved to create
    more effective and engaging learning environments

What we have found out about Intellectual
Education is a living practice
  • As the world changes and the expectations of
    education shift to meet these changes, the nature
    of teaching and of its effectiveness must follow

Five Principles of Effective Teaching Practices
  • Teachers are designers of learning that
    intellectually engage every student
  • Work students are asked to do is worthwhile
  • Assessment practices are directed towards
    improving student learning and directing
  • Relationships are strengthened through the work
  • Teachers improve their practice in the company of
    peers and others

How do we Align?
Five Core Principles of the Framework for Effective Teaching Practices Current Evergreen School Division Initiatives
1. Intellectually engaging learning environments. SY Review Project Relevance WDYDIST research on engagement
2. Work is personally meaningful to student and deeply connected to world in which they live. Understanding by Design CTS Programming New Division Foundations
3. Teachers use of assessment is directed towards improving student learning and guiding teaching decisions. Assessment Policy - Assessment for and as learning, Guidelines for Grading MY Outcome-based Report Cards with Achievement Codes Portfolios Student-led Conferences
4. Teachers build strong relationships with and between students through intellectually engaging work. SY Review Project Relationships/Student Voice Student Advisory Systems Dr. Gordon Neufeld Relationships Matter Corwin Kronenberg Teaching Kids to be Responsible
5. Teachers are actively engaged in ongoing professional learning. PLCs Early Dismissal School PD days
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