Our Parkland School Division Ultimate Goal is “Student Success and Well-Being.” Our journey toward ensuring that all students are successful is strongly evident in our Division’s Vision statement: Our students possess the confidence, resilience, insight, and skills required to thrive in, and positively impact, the world. Success for students means that they are achieving on the goals that they set for themselves, and delivering on expectations set by others.
Student success depends on quality instruction in an atmosphere that respects each learner’s independent spirit. Stakeholder trust and confidence is gained when all student learning is meaningfully connected to the Alberta Programs of Study and all students demonstrate foundational skills, and strengths in literacy and numeracy. Essentially, the representation of this Element speaks well to our value that learning opportunities are purposeful, essential, relevant, authentic, and responsive.
Teachers and leaders will look for evidence that learning tasks effectively connect students to the world outside of school and provide a greater audience for students to share and collaborate. Increased attention to this assurance element will be recognized through increased achievement results, captured formatively through assurance methods and as derived through provincial results.
Stakeholders gain trust and confidence when students demonstrate strong, universally desired characteristics of success through their approach to learning. One characteristic of success - student resilience - surfaced as the most significant concern throughout our stakeholder engagements in recent years. Ongoing challenges brought about by the global pandemic have further demonstrated a strengthened need for students to grow in confidence and resilience. Our intention with this Assurance Element is to identify strategies to build rigor and determined resilience in our students; we feel that developing these attributes will also have a significant impact on our students’ achievement results.