Our Learning Story
Implementation Day 2016 is where our learning story began. The focus of that day was based on creating our school's vision and mission statement. The day engaged all staff (teachers, CEA's, Aboriginal Advocates) in conversation and reflection. Our goal was to align our values and collaboratively create a direction for our school.
Using the First Peoples' Principles of Learning "learning requires exploration of one's identity" we focused our work that day on honoring the voice of educators in creating the value statements that we as a collective group hold in the highest regard.
We engaged in a structure to demonstrate the importance of a systems approach and the necessity of staff alignment. Everyone needs to be working towards the same goal. This structure led us into the first stage of our Spirals of Inquiry Process. At this stage we began our scan by prompting our staff to respond and reflect on the question "How do students find success at KLO?"
In small collaborative groups staff created a visual image of what success at KLO looked like. Images emerged with analogies like a growing plant, completing a puzzle, building a home, etc. The trend was apparent. Our staff valued the whole child.
Words such as: belonging, inclusion, diversity, contentment, emotional wellness, ownership, growth mindset, resiliency, happiness, mindfulness, metacognition, etc. were present in all of our group's sharing session. This was a powerful moment as the staff recognized the alignment of our values.
At the next curricular leaders meeting all of the group's visual representations were reposted for review. Through a reflective process the team identified common themes. Those themes were then brought to the entire staff again where the vision for KLO was emerging.