ProfessionalLearningForm K-12 2015-2016

TCDSB K to 12 Professional Learning Form 2015-2016
St. Paul
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Based on analysis of the data, identify a critical need area or strategy that addresses the learning of
your school community (i.e., assessment, problem solving, inquiry learning, inferencing, etc.)
Student Achievement
Data (EQAO, CAT4,
CAT 4-very low for
gr 3, low for grade
6 and 8. Pre-tests:
ONAP gr 4,
Leaps/Bounds, Math
Mammoth, monthly
update or revisit of
charts showing
where students’
achievements are.
Perceptual Data
(Survey data, etc.)
Students feel safe
and happy at St.
From the data, what key factors
are identified for increasing
Student Achievement?
Demographic Data
Program Data
(Empower, 5th Block,
Low income, physical None
and mental
disabilities, social
and emotional
(SSLN, SSI, etc.)
Gr 8 teacher liaising
with gr 9 at St
Patrick r.e. math
Focus on mathematics: English is second language for 90% of families, parents
unable to support children with homework, Jumpmath Program started Feb. 2015 to
lessen dependency on English to succeed. Foundational skills are missing. Numeration
and computation need revisiting and re-implementing at primary level.
Improve overall math comprehension: basic numeracy skills, multiple digit operations, word problem
attack, estimating and solving, higher level math problems.
If… Then… Statement:
Gr 1-5: If we successfully implement: JumpMath, daily math word problem, use
picture books to reinforce math concepts, single grade regrouping to teach math
=smaller group =more attention per student, common math block for gr 1 to 4 in the
am and 5 to 8 in the pm, increase math period to 1.25 hours per day, use Math
Prodigy, Ipad math apps, computer software/programs, Smarboard lessons, monthly
divisional meetings to share and compare, use math buddies, math manipulatives
table/centre….then we will see the improvements.
Gr 6/7/8: If we successfully implement: evaluations, quizzes, tests, anecdotal,
observations, self-assessments are comparable to teacher assessments, use of EA’s,
technology, manipulatives, along with the actions and interactions mentioned below,
we will achieve success.
Learning Goals
(related to urgent
critical need)
See above.
Gr 6,7,8: basic computational number skills, understanding the language of math, ability to
explain/express understanding of math.
-number sense/numeration: reinforced throughout the year with daily drills, spirit of
math, technology-ipads, apps, programs, prodigy, flashcards
-problem solving: language based problem solving tasks given weekly
-collaboration/communication: math word wall, presentation skills via BANSHO, gallery
walk, group work/challenges, ipad-education, video recordings
See above + JumpMath for Parents Night planned for 2015-16 school year to support
(What will we do to
parent learning and in turn supporting their children at home with math
meet our goals?)
PD Required for Staff More JumpMath training from the publisher, modeling of lessons especially at the
primary level.
Measures of Success
Improved marks/scores in weekly quizzes on addition, subtraction, division, multiplication
followed by more complex exercises
Sept. to Dec. 2015 followed by term 1 and term 2 reports
Resources Required
(human, material,
code days)
Code days for teachers to receive additional training and meet with peers piloting the
JumpMath program.
Please send the completed copy to your Area Superintendent by September 18, 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?