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Toronto Catholic District School Board


TCDSB K to 12 Professional Learning Form 2015-2016


                    Neil McNeil
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   Monsignor Fraser
Principal Name: Brian Hunt
Based on analysis of the data, in collaboration with staff identify a critical need area or strategy that addresses the learning of your school community (i.e., assessment, problem solving, inquiry learning, learning skills, etc.)
Student Achievement Data (EQAO, CAT4, etc.)
Perceptual Data
(Survey data, School Climate, etc.)
Demographic Data
(N tiles, etc)
Program Data
(Empower, 5th Block, Taking Stock, etc.)
(SSLN, SSI, EDI,etc.)
General Perception among staff that more professional interaction and collaborative Inquiry is needed especially when focusing on students who are not being successful
Increase in the number of students who require additional support both academic and social/emotional
Need for the SSLN to focus on cross-panel learning that supports where the students are currently in their development
From the data, what key factors are identified for increasing Student Achievement? 
 The creation of a Professional Learning Community at Neil McNeil.
Explain … what are the student learning problems we need to solve? Professional learning focus for this year. Focus on more authentic communication among staff members and between teachers and students regarding student achievement.  There is a real concern that many of our students have become simply consumers of information (mostly due to technological advancements) and that they lack real world skills in the areas of problem solving, critical and analytical thinking. 
Collaborative Inquiry Question (What is the problem of practice?)
Is there a lack of clarity and effectiveness in the processes and procedures for attaining support for students at risk of not graduating? Is there effective communication amongst staff regarding student achievement? Do the students have a voice in how their learning needs are addressed?
If…  Then…  Statement:
If there is more intentional, genuine and collaborative discussion between teachers and students regarding achievement then there will be an increase in the level of student achievement.
Learning Goals (related to urgent critical need)
To continue to build capacity among the entire staff in order that they communicate on a regular basis with each other and with their students regarding learning and achievement. 
To provide more opportunities for students to be involved in their own learning, to have a voice in what they are learning and how they learn it.
To familiarize teachers with the various processes and procedures involved with supporting students in need of assistance.
(What will we do to meet our goals?)
Continue to provide an individual student focus during the Reporting Cycle.  Promote regular and ongoing communication among teacher colleagues and between support staff and teachers regarding student learning needs.  Begin to listen to the students in a formal manner, regarding their perceptions and views on curriculum, decision making, evaluation etc. Formalize the process whereby the classroom teacher can request support for a student at risk of not being successful.
PD Required for Staff
Team building and collaborative exercises for staff.  Time built into the work day for on-going professional conversation regarding effective instructional methods (high yield strategies), evaluation and assessment.
Measures/Evidence of Success
Increase in the volume of meaningful discussions among teachers on curriculum and learning.   Increase in the number of student-teacher interactions pertaining to authentic learning, instruction, A&E.
Resources Required (human, material, code days)
Code 83 Days for Departmental Collaboration on Curriculum Alignment, Evaluation and Assessment.  More opportunities for collaborative and intentional conversation regarding student achievement during staff meetings and PD Days. PLC Time as part of the monthly school calendar.
Please send the completed copy to your Area Superintendent with a copy to N.  D’Avella (Secondary) D. Koenig (Elementary) by September 25, 2015.
Questions to Consider:
·         Are we being collaborative in our decision making?
·         Are we improving instructional leadership in our school?
·         How are all stakeholders involved in the Professional Learning Plan?
·         Does the plan build capacity amongst our staff related to student need?
·         Are we using high yield instructional strategies? What does research say about this student learning problem?
·         Have we increased the amount and quality of learning related to our student need?