Guiding questions to consider as you prepare to move forward with redesign
- Why do we want to redesign our high school?
- What do we hope to gain by redesigning our high school?
- What data are we using as evidence to support our need to redesign?
- What story would we like our grade 10 (9) students to tell about their high school experience when they graduate?
Learnings from the field
What follows are some of the key learnings we have gathered through the work of high schools across the province. Many of these schools are involved in MFWHSR. Others are involved, or have been involved, in projects coming out of High School Completion. All of these schools are focused on effecting change that will lead to increased student engagement, high levels of achievement and quality teaching in their schools.
As you read through these learnings, consider where you might want to focus your school’s redesign energy and how you will reflect this direction in your MFWHSR plan.
- Schools that follow an informed process, and engage and involve all of their education partners are the most successful when building and implementing a MFWHSR plan
- Leadership is critical in supporting re-thinking shifts in school structure, culture and pedagogy
- Jurisdiction support of redesign schools is essential
- Knowing students deeply supports personalized instruction and the ability to provide wraparound services to students when needed
- Instructional practices matter
- Building relationships and connecting kids to adults makes a difference
- Providing guidance and support through transitions is critical
- Listening to and acting on student voice builds engagement
- Tracking student progress is critical
- Networking between and among schools is effective
- The gift of time and collaboration for staff is important
- Positive relationships with teachers and flexible assessment practices create richer opportunities for formative feedback
- Strong commitment to meeting the needs of all students makes a difference