The School of the Future

Student Inclusion – All students need to learn at high levels

  • Not one-size-fits all, not just worksheets applying it to real life, critical thinking, high level can take various forms.
  • Personalization. Connected individualized paths to high levels.
  • Decide whether to stream courses or not.
  • Increased teacher awareness.
  • Accessibility for students with various learning needs.
  • Technology is readily available
  • Adapt lessons so that they are engaging
  • Independent learners.
  • Students have a voice
  • Respecting students learning levels.
  • Focus on strengths.
  • Diversity in techniques, cross-curricular.
  • Project based learning / problem based learning.

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment – Complex ways of thinking, complex ways of doing, collective capacity

  • June exams are a constraint since basics need to be under control so students are ready for this.
  • Find each individual´s engagement focus.
  • Diverse frameworks for assessment.
  • Creative approach to pedagogy,
  • High levels of expectation
  • Metacognitve frameworks
  • Providing a variety of assessments adapt to all learning styles collaboration
  • Understanding the purpose of what they are learning.
  • Learning to be learners
  • Gearing learning to passions
  • Verbal or conversation to assess instead of written.

Teacher Quality – High-level professional knowledge workers

  • Learn together in PD sessions, model being a high-level knowledge worker.
  • Breakout models, more flexible responsive structures, resources.
  • Venturing out of our comfort zones when it comes to technology and support
  • Be open and willing to adapt our teaching.
  • Getting parents on board
  • Show students we are learning too, showcase our PD.
  • More training, more check-ins.

Work organisation – Flat, collegial

  • Have a more democratic environment, suggestions rather than orders, “How can we do this together?”
  • Empowering the kids to have a portfolio, organize ourselves around their behaviours that lead to high learning, like orchestra conductors.
  • Extra time for research and learning.
  • Students need outlets/break
  • Students need services for mental health, and teachers too.
  • We ask for help and provide support
  • We bring something to the table

Accountability – Primarily to peers and stakeholders

  • Quebec getting rid of school boards and provide more control at the school level.
  • Teaching with “ZOOM”, parents advocates in the middle of the lesson.
  • More communication, instant communication.
  • Bi-weekly/monthly peer reviews, feedback, individual.
  • Consistent and frequent communication with parents/students
  • Time one on one student conferencing.