Learning environments enable the acquisition of 21st C competencies.

Description - Goal Four pertains to the physical environment, infrastructure, and culture in RVS. Its purpose is to draw attention to the learning environments where we lead, work, learn, enhance learning, and maximize the efficient use of time and resources. Through Outcome 1 we envision a jurisdiction where learning and operational technologies are integrated, accessible through a wide range of devices, and provide real-time historical feedback and data to users. As expressed in Outcome 2, once achieved these will optimize the collection and value of information to support personal and organizational improvements and efficiency. Outcome 3 focuses on the manner and nature of learning for all stakeholders in RVS. Its purpose is to ensure we continue to build a culture that learns, unlearns and relearns. Outcome 4 brings focus to the critical nature of 21st Century transformational leadership of all learners – students, staff, parents and the community.

4.1 Learners use digital technologies to enhance learning.

  1. (RVS) Percentage of staff that use digital technology as an instructional tool.
  2. (RVS) Percentage of staff and students who agree they have access to digital technology at school.
  3. (RVS) Percentage of parents and students who agree teachers use digital technology to actively engage students.

Strategies: (Year Three = Implementation 2013/14)

  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Create awareness of ISTE Net standards for administrators and teachers.
  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Continue to provide professional learning on the use of digital resources for improving teaching and learning.
  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Continue to transition all Grade 5-12 students to a one-to-one format, through both personal and jurisdictional devices.

 

4.2 Accelerate innovation, research, and organizational development to achieve operational efficiencies.

  1. (RVS) Percentage of staff that agree available resources stimulate innovation.
  2. (RVS) Percentage of staff that agree Education Centre departments effectively support schools in building 21st Century learning environments.
  3. (RVS) Number of research projects completed within or in partnership with RVS.
  4. (RVS) Amount of grant dollars obtained by RVS staff.

Strategies: (Year Three = Implementation 2013/14)

  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Expand, track and report on corporate grant application strategy, linking to key outcomes in RVS’ Three Year Plan.
  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Continue to develop a system-wide, balanced, and integrated student information system that supports instant diagnostics of individual student achievement, as well as aggregated data at the classroom, school, and jurisdictional levels.
  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Expand networks and publications that foster RVS as a research organization, ensuring innovative projects focus on action research as key stimulants to research and innovation.
  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Plan for a 2014 (August) RVS research symposium to highlight and share research conducted in RVS.
  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Identify and outline implementation of operational efficiencies derived from a review of business practices.

 

4.3 Learning is generative, responsive, and multi-dimensional.

  1. (RVS) Percentage of staff that aligns their individual professional growth plans to RVS’ Three Year Plan.
  2. (RVS) Percentage of staff that believes their Community of Practice aligns to RVS’ Three Year Plan.
  3. (RVS) Percentage of staff that believes professional learning has positively impacted their instructional effectiveness and student learning outcomes.
  4. (RVS) Percentage of staff that have completed online professional learning opportunities.

Strategies: (Year Three = Implementation 2013/14)

  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Promote RVS’ Professional Learning Standards across the jurisdiction.
  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Continue to liaise with sponsoring education faculties to review student teacher cohort outcomes with the objective of identifying program improvements.

 

4.4 Leadership capacity is built across the jurisdiction.

  1. (AE) Overall percentage of teachers, parents and students indicating that their school and schools in their jurisdiction have improved or stayed the same the last three years.
  2. (RVS) Percentage of staff and students who agree they have had an opportunity to influence leadership at their site/school/the jurisdiction.
  3. (RVS) Percentage of staff retained five or more years after beginning their employment with RVS.

Strategies: (Year Three = Implementation 2013/14)

  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Design generative governance processes in RVS.
  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Continue to implement Covey's training programs.
  • Year Three (Action Plan) - Continue to support a jurisdictional student leadership program.
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