All collegiate students will be engaged in their learning so that they graduate as competent, active participants in lifelong learning and as responsible, caring, culturally responsive citizens in the community, nation, and world. In pursuit of this goal, we will focus intensively on the engagement, achievement and graduation rates of First Nations, Inuit and Metis students.
Collegiate Renewal, one of two strategic learning priorities for Saskatoon Public Schools, has the goal of transforming students' high school experience. Collegiate Renewal initiatives are designed engage all collegiate students in their education so they graduate as active participants in lifelong learning.
The activities of Collegiate Renewal during the 2015-16 school year emphasized a staff focus on the success of Indigenous learners through holistic relationships, formative assessment, and responsive instruction; increasing the effectiveness of staff collaboration to improve instruction and student learning; and consistently reviewing and acting on data.
Highlights of Collegiate Renewal work during 2015-16 include:
- A commitment by staff and administration in each collegiate to improving results for all students with a particular emphasis on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students and learners who required extra support to be successful. Student assessments were conducted and analyzed early during the first and second semesters to identify students who may struggle to gain a credit for a course(s). Staff responded with interventions designed to help those students succeed.
- Every collegiate ensured a consistent outcome completion process was in place. When necessary, rather than receiving a failing grade and repeating the entire course, students have the opportunity to complete missing outcomes after the course end date. This has been a successful intervention for students who are on their way to course completion but still need to complete a few outcomes to receive credit.
- Continuation of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Student Achievement Program that provides one-on-one tutoring for Indigenous students who request support for specific classes. During 2015-16, 391 students worked with tutors in the program, including 291 who received extended, intensive assistance. Overall, 81.8% of these students gained the credits they were working toward. Furthermore, Ministry of Education results confirm an increase in the percentage of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students who are on track to graduate on time.
- Instructional coaching continued to be a significant support for activating responsive and effective instruction. Learning leaders and instructional coaches worked one-on-one with colleagues to enhance teaching practices for all students.
To learn more about how Collegiate Renewal is engaging and supporting students and strengthening instruction in Saskatoon Public Schools please read our Collegiate Renewal Progress Report.