Jurisdictional Profile

Bordering the City of Calgary to the north, west and east, Rocky View Schools serves the educational needs of over 16,000 students within 40 schools, located in the City of Airdrie, the Town of Cochrane, the Town of Chestermere and Rocky View County.

As stewards of the system, Rocky View’s seven-member Board promotes an open and transparent learning system, taking very seriously its responsibility for setting directions, allocating resources, and monitoring and reporting student achievements. A Superintendent of Schools reports directly to the Board. The Superintendent works collaboratively with stakeholders with the assistance of three Associate Superintendents, a Secretary-Treasurer and 104 Education Centre staff. This team provides support to 68 school-based administrators, 962 teachers, 537 support staff and 40 school councils in the areas of instruction, professional learning, student transportation, human resources, communication, capital planning and facility maintenance.

As directed by RVS’ 2008-2011 Three Year Plan, over the past 32 months stakeholders from all four corners of the jurisdiction have worked collectively to transform RVS into a 21st C learning organization. Teachers have begun to shift their instructional practice from knowledge disseminator to facilitator of knowledge construction. Administrators have modified and built structures to encourage risk-taking and to champion a mental mode of system thinking. Trustees have redirected resources to support innovative strategies. And students, using technology as an accelerator, are well on the way to becoming “engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit”.

A snapshot of our transformation to a 21st C organization is depicted below:

20th C Classrooms

RVS' 21st C Classrooms

~ Based on 18th C factory model ~ Focuses on individualized learning plans
~ Culture of information delivery ~ Culture of knowlege generation and collaboration
~ Four walls ~ Any time, any place, any path, any pace
~ Focused on memorization of facts ~ Focuses on development of thinking and learning skills, i.e., critical thinking
~ Literacy focused on 3Rs - reading, writing and arithmetic ~ Multiple literacies, aligned to living and working in a global society
~ Technology as a communication tool ~ Technology as a learning tool

Curriculum

Curriculm

~ Packaged into subjects, fragmenting curriculum ~ Shaped around projects, integrateing a wide number of topics
~ Time-based ~ Competency-based
~ Lessons focused on knowledge ~ Learning designed on synthesis, analysis and evaluations
~ Curriculum often deemed irrelevant by students ~ Curriculum connected to students' interest, experiences and talents
~ Textbook driven ~ Accessible resources, i.e., digital

Instruction & Assessment

Instruction & Assessment

~ Teacher is dispenser of information ~ Teacher acts as a facilitator and a coach
~ Diversity in students is ignored ~ Instruction designed to meet individual needs
~ Teacher is evaluator and judge ~ Assessment involves self, peers, and others
~ Grades based on standarized tests and a regurgitation of memorized facts ~ Assessment based on demonstration of understanding through application
~ Print is the primary vehicle of learning and assessment ~ Multiple forms of media are used for learning and assessment
~ Standardized tests ~ Portfolios and demonstration

Learners

Learners

~ Success for some ~ Success for all
~ Learners work mostly in isolation ~ Learners work collaboratively, with others around the world
~ Learners have little freedom ~ Learners are active, self-directed
~ Motivation is low ~ Motivation is high
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