PRSD staff kick off the new school year learning at annual staff event

PRSD staff kick off the new school year learning at annual staff event

On Monday (August 29, 2016)  approximately 350 staff joined together for Peace River School Division’s (PRSD) annual staff kick-off event. Staff spent the day learning and refreshing their knowledge on student assessment, response to intervention and professional learning communities (PLCs).

New teacher Jordan Wheeler says the kick-off is an excellent way to get to know staff, learn and become familiar with the divisional focus.

“The kick-off was great” says Jordan. “It is nice to know the focus and divisional approach of the division and it is a great way to get to know others in the division. It was an excellent benefit to me as a new teacher and the content was awesome.”

“We have been very focused on assessment, response to intervention and PLCs for the past several years” says Board Chair Darren Kuester. “Through assessing students early on, we are able to better know and meet their needs and the response to intervention model is very supportive of meeting the needs of all learners. PLCs promote the sharing of ideas, collaboration and comradery and we make this a priority because we have incredible staff with great knowledge, ideas and insights within our division.”

Facilitator Jeanne Spiller spent the day providing staff with the knowledge, skills and tools to put convergent assessment in place this school year. Convergent assessment ensures that students are assessed early and interventions, services and supports are put in place and a continual benchmark monitoring system is followed. Jeanne Spiller is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for Kildeer Countryside District in Illinois, and has helped several school divisions with convergent assessment.

“It’s great to all be on the same page and the learning at kick off each year is a progression that benefits everyone in different ways” says Golda David, Nampa Public School Acting Principal. “Peace River School Division is very student driven” says Golda. “I have been a part of many learning communities and this is the most student-driven board I have been a part of.” Golda has worked for school boards in Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and China.

PRSD would like to thank administrative support staff, Learning Services and Technology Services departments for organizing the day, EE Oliver Elementary School for hosting the event, the Instructional Materials Centre staff for displays, Don and Bev Calder for set up and take down of the event, Dunvegan Motor Inn for the delicious meal and refreshments and to all PRSD staff for their enthusiasm and passion toward student learning and success.  

View more photos from kick off here