Keeping students engaged and motivated to finish high school requires a number of approaches and a great deal of collaboration. We are working with education partners across the province to bring innovative and effective ideas alive in high schools in both urban and rural settings. Each High School Completion project aligns with one or more of the framework's core strategies.
Moving Forward with High School Redesign is about more than simply shifting a timetable. It's about shifting mindsets. While the timetable shift opens the door for schools to create flexible learning environments, the mindset shift leads to changes in practice that ensure the flexible learning environments are used to support increased student engagement in learning, improved student achievement and enhanced teacher practice.
The shift in mindset to a focus on student-centered learning happens as a number of key practices are put in place, including personalizing learning, intentionally developing meaningful relationship, creating rigorous and relevant learning opportunities, and supporting mastery learning.
Throughout the Moving Forward with High School Redesign initiative, Alberta Education will work alongside jurisdictions and schools in a coaching model designed to support continuous improvement in each school.
This initiative recognizes that while the participating schools share common goals, high school redesign will look different in each school, as each school's local context is different.
More information can be found within the High School Redesign card.
Working in close partnership with two Alberta ministries, Alberta Education and Human Services, and two schools, Braemar School in Edmonton and Louise Dean School in Calgary, Terra - Centre for pregnant and parenting teens and Catholic Family Service Louise Dean Centre have recently completed Phase 1 of this project to support pregnant and parenting teens in completing high school.
During Phase 1, Strengthening Hope: Pregnant and Parenting Teens Completing High School established the Learner Bursary, a simplified and centralized funding model which responds to the specific needs of parenting and pregnant teens who want to complete their high school education and build a positive future for themselves and for their children.
The Advancing Adolescent Reading Initiative is a series of sequenced, online, interactive learning modules aimed at developing the deep foundational knowledge necessary to understand how students learn to read and why some of them struggle. The modules focus on domain specific learning and literacy, language of a discipline, differences and difficulties with language and literacy (FNMI); differences and difficulties with language and literacy(ELL), data driven decision making, and Instructional techniques for language sensitive teaching.
For the most current information on the Advancing Adolescent Reading Initiative, including updates and announcements, visit the JP Das Centre.
The Action on High School Success Project involved a partnership between Northern Lights School Division, Alberta Education, the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), an external researcher, and an external expert in assessment for learning.
The professional learning model that accompanied this school improvement project was designed around the following eight guiding principles, each supported by compelling research:
More information about our past projects can be found in our video series/discussion guides.