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Learner Success

Today’s children live in a society of constant change. At New Westminster Schools, we are supporting the success of our learners by focusing on the skills and competencies they need to be productive and successful citizens in a rapidly changing world.

Our Teaching and Learning In Diverse Classrooms, report, commissioned by our Board of Education, is our blueprint for learner success. We held many rich conversations thanks to our working group, which included students, parents, support staff, teachers, principals and vice-principals, senior management and members of our Board of Education. The Working Group also conducted a literature review of effective educational practices, drafted Belief Statements centred on teaching and learning in diverse classrooms and articulated some draft priorities and action plans for moving forward.

Completed in 2016, “Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms: A District Blueprint for Learner Success” highlights four important themes that guide our work:

Engagement and personalized learning is a key element of the current educational transformation in British Columbia. It is important to tap into individual learner preferences and passions to ignite their motivation and desire to learn. Approaches for engaging students include inquiry-based and project-based learning, as well as frameworks such as Universal Design for Learning, a method for personalizing learning to accommodate learner differences and preferences.

Social and emotional well-being and healthy lifestyles are critically important to learning success. Students who can self-regulate set positive goals, show empathy, maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions are better equipped to be successful citizens. The core competencies that are embedded in the Ministry of Education’s redesigned curriculum are also important components of social and emotional learning.

Communicating student learning is critically important. We recognize that the purpose of assessment is to communicate clear and specific feedback for teachers, students and parents to guide instruction and acknowledge the role of descriptive, formative assessment to teaching and learning success. We also see the need to allow students the opportunity to communicate their learning in a variety of ways. The ministry’s redesigned curriculum provides the opportunity to examine assessment practices.

The responsible use of technology is recognized as a transformational educational tool for teaching and learning. We are undertaking significant structural upgrades in our district, and developing a strategic plan focused on employing those technologies that optimize learning for students.

The Teaching and Learning In Diverse Classrooms document provides an important blueprint for New Westminster Schools’ actions in moving forward to meet the needs of diverse learners in the classroom.

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School Spirit starts here: Qayqayt lights some fireworks!

School Spirit starts here: Qayqayt lights some fireworks!

The whole school was in on it - and the result was Fireworks! École Qayqayt Elementary School launched a school wide “Lip Dub” video of every student singing that is as fun to watch as it clearly was to make... more

A Rotary Gift of Literacy for Fraser River Middle School

A Rotary Gift of Literacy for Fraser River Middle School

It is a big help if you are a brand new school starting up a brand new “Learning Commons” to receive a $5,000 gift in support of literacy.... more

NWSS students launch clubs for fun, justice, science, and the planet…

NWSS students launch clubs for fun, justice, science, and the planet…

October 2016 - Student leaders at New Westminster Secondary School this year launched the largest number of clubs at the high school yet - a record-breaking 51 clubs that run the gamut from peace and justice, to math and STEM clubs, to jewelry making and Lego building... more