Bishop Macdonell
Wellington Catholic District School Board
Wisdom, Honour, Courage
Growing Our Strengths as a School!
 
Bishop Macdonell has a school-wide School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement(S.I.P.S.A) that is aligned with our own board's improvement plan (B.I.P.S.A).
 
The plan has three main arteries that branch out and permeate our overall School Effectiveness Framework. (Click on the image below to read more about the K-12 School Effectiveness Support for Ontario Schools.)
 
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These are;
 
1) LiteracyOur Literacy Professional Learning Community is comprised of teachers from across different subject areas with support from our Special Education resource teachers and our Student Success teacher.  Using a diagnostic assessment tool, teachers have been able to identify students who require additional support in developing their literacy skills.  Additionally, we have analyzed data from the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) and found that the area of greatest need for many of our students is in the area of reading comprehension.  To respond to this need our PLC has selected the research proven, high-yield strategy of using graphic organizers to help students read and understand a variety of texts.  Our teachers continue to work together to improve their professional practice, coach and mentor each other, so that students in the classroom receive the best possible instruction.

 

2) Numeracy - This year’s focus has 3 prongs. The first is added training for staff implementing and embedding the use of Smart boards in their classrooms to engage learners.  The second, is a cross-panel Professional Learning Community with teachers from the Upper Grand District School Board.  The aim is deepening student comprehension of mathematics by co-constructing, co-planning and implementing the Problem-Solving Method of Inquiry using with the 3-part lesson with clear Learning Goals and Success Criteria.  Thirdly, is a Professional Learning Community with a partner high school in understanding and using cleverly designed mathematical Gap Closing Materials.  This diagnostic tool establishes early recognition of students' areas of need, provides added differentiated supports and interventions to consolidate learning and raises their level of achievement as they move forward.

 

3) Community, Culture and Caring – This is an exciting initiative as we’ve partnered with Child Psychologist Dr. Edward Rawana of Lakehead University from the Centre of Excellence for Children & Adolescents with Special Needs and also the University of Guelph in using a Strength-based Model and Assessment Inventory Tool that looks at and builds students’ strengths and assets first, rather than starting with their deficits.  This model also permeates throughout our staff as we use Personality Dimension training to understand how our own unique blend of strengths can be used more strategically to build our capacity and work with children. Click on the image below to read an article about this model.
 
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In using the Assessment Inventory with a sample of our own students, we have discovered 3 strengths of our very own school! 

Social Awareness        Peer Connectedness      Health Consciousness

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For more information around this direction and data used to support our goals, please do not hesitate to contact the school and speak to any one of our instruction leaders.