3YEP and AERR Summary 2017

3YEP and AERR Summary 2017
Posted on 11/29/2017

High Prairie, Alberta
– High Prairie School Division has reviewed the results from the Annual Education Results Report and prepared our Three-Year Education Plan which includes our detailed financial statements. We continue to use School/Community planning sessions, APORI survey data, Student Engagement Sessions, OurSCHOOL (previously Tell Them From Me) survey data, and face-to-face interviews with students, staff, parents, and community members to give us some excellent perspectives on what we are doing well and what we can improve upon. The information gathered from these engagement strategies are used to develop our three-year plan. The aggregated data is then incorporated into targeted strategies to facilitate student success and subsequently improve their achievement results. The following highlights are from our Three-Year Plan:

The Assistant Superintendent of Learning is working with 6 schools to pilot Mathletics during the 2017-2018 school year. In addition, select HPSD schools are piloting the Math Intervention Programming Instrument (MIPI) as a tool to gather data to inform instruction based on retention of the student’s previous year. The resources, teaching strategies, and assessment practices in Mathematics are being reviewed.

Full-Time Kindergarten
HPSD advocated and supported full-time kindergarten programs in each elementary school to accommodate parents’ desire for quality full-day programming. Programming that is delivered in a play-based, developmentally appropriate manner remained a focus.

Dual Credit Programming and Career Coaching
HPSD has developed a strong Dual Credits program for all jurisdictional senior high students in partnership with Athabasca University, Grande Prairie Regional College, Lakeland College, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Northern Lakes College. In 2016-17 more than 750 high school credits and many college credits were earned by HPSD students in various industry trades (carpentry, electrical, power engineering, and welding), certificate programs (business courses, Health Care Aide program), assorted courses (environmental awareness, play-based learning, etc.). The Career Coaching team situated in all senior high schools and outreach centres provides significant support in developing and expanding opportunities for our students to earn dual accreditation, to transition beyond their K-12 school years and encourage students’ engagement in learning.

Inclusive Education
Our Division is committed to increasing understanding and capacity in regard to inclusion. Schools received dedicated funds to implement supports in keeping with the needs of their school community. Staff were able to access resources and support through Student Services. A team of dedicated individuals including our Inclusive Education Coordinators, Registered Psychologists and Occupational Therapist worked diligently to address the needs of staff and students. Collaboration with our Regional Collaborative Service team – Northern Lakes Collaborative Services, occurred on a regular basis.

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Student Success
HPSD is determined to close the achievement gap that exists for many of its First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students and in 2016-17 continued implementation of its division coordinated approach to support these students. This approach is outlined in the HPSD FNMI Strategic Improvement Plan: Eliminating the Achievement Gap, available for viewing on the HPSD website.

The HPSD FNMI Coordinator worked toward achieving the goals of the strategic plan by deploying six Success Coaches in the 2016-17 school year. The Success Coaches work directly with students, staff, community members, and related agencies. Their purpose, along with other jurisdictional and school-based personnel, is to support HPSD in eliminating the achievement gap for our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students by keeping an ongoing focus on strategies to support student learning. At the schools and in the communities, the coaches meet with parents, elders, students, and other community members to provide information and to listen to local concerns.


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