PRSD releases Three Year Education Plan and Education Results Report

PRSD releases Three Year Education Plan and Education Results Report

For immediate release
November 29, 2016
– The Peace River School Division (PRSD) Board of Trustees is pleased to share PRSD’s Three Year Education Plan (3YEP) and Annual Education Results Report (AERR).

“The Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report reflects the division’s growth over the past year and outlines goals and strategies moving forward” says Board Chair Darren Kuester. “It’s a fundamental document that guides us as we provide high quality educational opportunities while at the same time, allows us to track and monitor our progress.”

2015-2016 Annual Education Results Report
PRSD is thrilled to report that PRSD’s Accountability Pillar Report (APR) increased or maintained in eleven measures over last years’ results and six of the sixteen measures have experienced a rating of “improved” or “significantly improved” as per Alberta Education’s rating system. The APR is provided by Alberta Education and serves as a “report card” for the division. It contains information compiled through student progress data, test results and student, parent and staff surveys.

PRSD exceeds provincial averages in Work Preparation, Citizenship, Parental Involvement and School Improvement while maintaining results in line with the provincial average in the areas of Safe and Caring, Program of Studies and Education Quality.

“We are continually transforming teaching and learning practices that allow for greater student engagement, flexibility, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking for our students” says Kuester.  “The world is changing and it is important that we continue to evolve our teaching and learning methods to provide our students with what they need to reach their full potential and ensure they are prepared for their adult life. The different models we have integrated to help us on this path are showing great results.”

2016-2019 Three Year Education Plan
The report also provides detailed goals, strategies and initiatives for the next three years. Areas of focus include PRSD’s commitment to foster the unique needs of every student through inclusive classroom settings, Response to Intervention, Flexible Learning Environments in all PRSD high schools, technology integration, hands-on learning opportunities, providing professional development for staff, innovation, First Nation Metis and Inuit success, student and staff wellness and community and parental involvement.

PRSD supports student learning and success through the Learning Supports Team, Learning Coaches, Technology Learning Coach, Youth Education Support Workers/Success Coaches, School Psychologist, PRSD’s Mentorship Program, New Teacher Orientation, Leadership Academy and Professional Learning Communities and the support that all PRSD departments provide. Technology integration in the classroom continues to be supported through the PRSD Technology Department and Learning Services Team.

Wellness initiatives are embedded into the plan as the emotional, social and physical wellbeing of students is integral to student learning, success and overall happiness. Every school has a Youth Education Support Worker/Success Coach to promote positive mental health in children, youth and families while working with school staff. This ranges from presentations, activities and programming that supports problem solving, emotional management, targeted topics, skills for learning, adolescent empowerment, healthy relationships, mindfulness, teamwork and leadership.  This model has been recognized on a national level.

Schools also have “School Wellness Action Teams” (SWAT) that consist of students and staff who plan initiatives that support positive emotional, nutritional, physical and mental health and advocate for wellness in their school and community. This grows leadership skills in our students and has a great impact to create positive habits, attitudes and behaviours for students, families and communities. Last year, schools received a tower garden which allowed students to learn the value of growing their own vegetables and the division purchased large quantities of yoga mats, snowshoes and Daily Physical Activity kits for schools to use.

Parental and community involvement is an important part of the plan as PRSD understands the importance school communities have in the overall success of students. Community and parental support continues to grow in the division and PRSD is grateful for the partnerships with parents, guardians, community businesses and organizations. PRSD’s Parental Involvement result is six percentage points higher than provincial averages.

Last year the division included a new goal “Positive Safety Attitudes” that supports a greater emphasis on safety throughout the division. The goal outcomes include the development of Health and Safety Plans and increased focus on communicating the importance of safety. Student safety is a top priority and the inclusion of a safety specific goal in our education plan speaks to the division’s commitment in this regard.

“On behalf of the board of trustees, thank you to our school communities for your support in education –together we make a difference in the lives of our students, staff, communities and society as a whole” says Kuester.