Inclusive Learning Communities
Professional Development Day at Lake City Secondary with Shelley Moore
Professional Development Friday at Lake City Secondary Columneetza Campus with Shelley Moore was attended by 9 Teachers, 3 Education Assistants and 1 Administrator. Together we discussed Universal Design for Learning, Curriculum and Assessment Design and Instructional Design and the importance of student voice and choice in their learning. Breakout groups focused on Backward Design and the necessity of grade level goals that are differentiated so that the assessment of the goals is not compromised. One of the most exciting parts of the workshop was Shelley showing the group all of the new visually appealing resources she has created/gathered on her website "blogsomemoore.com" for teachers to plan for diversity in all subject areas with the "Big Ideas," "Content," Curricular Competencies," and "Core Competencies" from the BC Ministry of Education Curriculum. Thanks for the amazing Pro-D Shelley!
Support of Diversity
Students at PSO continue to find ways to express their support of diversity and PSO continues to work to find ways to give them a voice. The PSO Pride pics is a 10X12 mural that is prominent at the entrance. The Black History month pic is a compilation of drawings by students in our Amnesty club. The other photos are of student art work displayed in a virtual online art gallery focusing on diversity.
Buddy Bench at Nesika Elementary
Nesika is one of many SD27 schools with a buddy bench! Having a buddy bench is an easy and effective way to show our school cares about maintaining an inclusive community. It’s important to our staff that our school community is one where every student feels valued and cared for, not just by their teachers and principals but by their peers as well. We are an inclusive learning community.
Buddy Bench at Lac La Hache Elementary
This is the Buddy Bench that was donated to Lac La Hache Elementary School by Peter Arnold. Our PAC and Mr. Arnold worked together to get this project completed and on the ground at our school. A Buddy Bench is a bench on the playground that kids can sit on to signal to others that they need someone to play with or talk to. It works to eliminate loneliness and encourage inclusion.
School SOGI Goals
SD27 is pleased to share that every school in the district has a SOGI lead who is responsible for facilitating the sharing of information and action to create SOGI-inclusive school environments. Each school has developed goals for short and longer term action. Watch for the visible signs of this work at your site.
SOGI Resources at Cataline Elementary
This year we have invested in building our SOGI resources in our library. A new shipment of books is a welcome addition to our school.
Colours of the Medicine Wheel
150 mile students learned about the 4 colours of the medicine wheel, meaning all colours and all people no matter their history belong together. In school it means we are all equal and all have the equal opportunity to learn, love and honour each other. Each student put their name on a rock and included themselves in the 150 medicine wheel. We arranged the rocks with the youngest students in the middle expanding outwards to the older students. The adults complete the outside of the circle. These layers are purposefully built to represent layers of protection and vulnerability. Students were told long ago this is how buffalo would have protected and cared for their young.
BC Agriculture in the Classroom - Common Ground – The Strawberry Project at Nesika Elementary
The class will be partnered with Gitanyow Independent School, from Kitwanga, BC, where students will be able to share their learnings through letters or virtual exchanges, fostering an appreciation of cultures in different communities through education and exchange. Also, the students will be able to learn about agriculture in BC and the importance of local food sources, all while increasing engagement with Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Understanding. Students will be moving their strawberry plants to Nesika’s Greenhouse once spring arrives.
Nesika Forest - Spring Clean
Contributing to community and caring for the environment: Grade 5 and 6 students from Nesika took responsibility for their natural environment by heading outside early this spring after all the snow had melted to clean up the nearby forest. The students took pride in their community forest while enjoying the sunshine and having fun.
Anahim Lake Online Learning Community
Due to the geography of SD27 (We are the size of New Brunswick!), we have uncovered new and creative methods to bond our rural and remote students as an Online Learning Community through our Virtual High School Program. Thanks to technology, sports tournaments, along with contests, such as a recent Popsicle Bridge Building Contest, our students can interact and get to know each other in real time. These experiences are invaluable as it creates pathways towards further learning, and social bonds, when our students travel to Williams Lake for Grades 11 and 12.
LCSS - Columneetza Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Notice Board
School Leads Meaghan Watkinson, Grade 7 teacher and Billie Sheridan, Youth Engagement Worker put together a GSA notice board with students to promote inclusivity and GSA meetings. Our GSA notice board also includes the Pride Flag and communication regarding pronouns and important dates throughout the year to help our school become a safer and more inclusive community.
LCSS - Columneetza Inclusion - Professional Learning Community
This year, Ms. Cameron, Resource Teacher co-created a Professional Learning Community that focuses on inclusive education in the middle school. The group is comprised of teachers, Education Assistants, and administrators and meets monthly to discuss chapters from Shelley Moore's book One Without the Other: Stories of Unity Through Diversity and Inclusion, to watch and consider short video clips by Shelley Moore called "5 Moore Minutes" and to work through practical applications of inclusive learning and planning. With the purpose of having all students succeed, the PLC participants are working to highlight students' competencies in their personal, social, and academic lives to showcase that all students "can."
All rural schools participated in a mixed volleyball tournament. Students got to meet face to face and make connections with other students who they will attend school with in later years. Following volleyball the students enjoyed a pizza lunch and an afternoon of bowling.
Hands on Work at Marie Sharpe Elementary
We had a visitor from Billy Would Designs to do some amazing hands on work with the Grade 5/6 this Friday. Students made signs, jewelry and keychains. Students used power and hand tools and their creativity to learn all kinds of new skills.
Yoga at Anahim Lake School
Anahim Lake school has been very fortunate to bring in Yoga Teacher Heather Cherisse twice monthly into our building. A huge Chanalya to Denisiqi for assisting us with making this learning journey possible. Every second Wednesday staff and students are able to join in on 3 separate Yoga sessions throughout the day. All students and staff are invited to explore their breathing, physical and mental self. This awareness had led to new reflections and realizations about not only ourselves but one another. We are so pleased to watch our students grow in new and exciting ways outside of traditional classrooms.
Pink Shirt Day
On Pink Shirt Day students at Tatla Lake School learned about accepting each other’s differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count. Primary students dramatized Kathryn Otoshi’s book ‘One’ and described how they can be kind.
Our Nesika school staff recently completed a course called “EASE: Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators”. Teaching students strategies for healthy living and well-being is part of BC Curriculum, and it’s more important than ever!
We prioritize this important learning in both french immersion and english classrooms through our schoolwide yoga program, EASE curriculum, health & physical education classes, morning meetings, drumming, breakfast and lunch program, youth engagement & First Nations support work, and outdoor learning opportunities.
On Wednesdays Dog Creek school students and staff learn Yoga to help with our self-regulation and mental and physical well-being from the Band's wellness organizer.
Handwashing & Masks
Health Care Unit nurses giving a talk to Dog Creek school students about handwashing and why we wear masks to protect ourselves and those around us.
Breath work and practicing yoga are both powerful tools to regulate everyday well-being and mental health. The Nesika staff gather with community practitioner and school yoga program facilitator Heather Cherisse to make individual wellness a priority for the benefit of both our staff and our students.
Tatla School student Liam Daud wrote Liam Grows Nasturtiums in 2020 with help from Claire Gordon, who was principal at the time, and education assistant Judan Whitehead. They entered the young author into the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions contest for youth writers. He placed second in Canada and they published the book after that. School District 27 has ordered a copy of the book for all of our school libraries. Read more in the Williams Lake Tribune . Photo credit: Williams Lake Tribune
Zones of Regulation
Part of the morning routine at Tatla is activity to understand emotions and regulate feelings and sensory needs. This Zones of Regulation work is an important part of creating classrooms that support all students.
SD 27 SOGI School Leads Team met in October to begin their work together to create SOGI-inclusive environments in Cariboo-Chilcotin schools. Each school has a champion who will ensure policies, processes, and decisions, are considered through the lens of SOGI-inclusiveness and will lead the development and achievement of SOGI-related goals for the school.