Student First is about shining the spotlight on the pockets of excellence that currently exist.
We want to share some of the success stories we've heard from across the province.
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What are the goals of Student First? Brought to you by the class of 2020.
"I am prepared for my future."
Here are some success stories from across the province we wanted to share with you.
We visited Melville Comprehensive School in Good Spirit School Division to learn about how they addressed issues in their school including bullying, nutrition and attendance using results from the Tell Them From Me survey to develop their morning program.
"Our whole goal behind this was to make students want to come to school. And not that they had to come to school." - Darren Wandy, Vice Principal at Melville Comprehensive School
Teachers at Kitchener Community School share their thoughts and successes using reading assessments to help students achieve their goals.
"They were all successful. There wasn't a kid who didn't meet whatever standard they'd set for themselves..." - Jillian Bussiere, Vice Principal, Teacher Librarian & Grade 7/8 Teacher at Kitchener School
Gladys McDonald Elementary School in Regina went from 30% of students reading at grade level to 70% reading at or above grade level.
Teachers at this school are using assessment data to create targeted intervention plans to provide supports for students, but also supports for teachers.
"It's empowering for them to want to be better readers, and the atmosphere in this building is contagious so if we're all really excited about that growth, then the students get excited about that growth." - Brittany McDonald, Grade 2/3 Teacher at Gladys McDonald
Check out the story of the 5 year journey Chinook School Division has taken to get 86% of their Grade 3 students at or above expectations for reading levels.
"I can watch the students grow from the beginning of the year to the end, and I can really focus on their learning. I know what they need to learn, and as their teacher I can make sure they learn it." - Shantel Roszell, Kindergarten Teacher at Central School