The SASD vision - Upon graduation all students will demonstrate proficiency in core subjects and 21st Century Skills – is clear and compelling in order to help all students learn. To support this vision, the SASD has developed a five-year student learning plan.
The Student Learning Plan is built upon the Professional Learning Community (PLC) framework as the model to build the capacity for continuous improvement. The student learning plan is based on the four questions addressed in the Professional Learning communities.
- What do we want our students to know and be able to do?
- How will we know if they have learned it?
- What will we do if students have not learned it?
- What will we do when they already know it?
The Professional Learning Community model is built on the assumption that it is not enough to ensure that students are taught but to ensure that all students learn. The shift in focus from teaching to a focus on learning will have a dramatic impact on our schools.The three big ideas that drive the work of a PLC include:
- The purpose of our schools is to ensure all students learn at high levels.
- Helping all students learn requires a collaborative and collective effort.
- To assess our effectiveness in helping all students learn, we must focus on results – evidence of student learning – and use results to inform and improve our professional practice and respond to students who need interventions or enrichment. (Pg. 14, Learning By Doing, Second Edition)