Communicating Student Learning: District Inquiry Project (2016-2018)
“Inquiry demands that educators actively scan their environments, generate questions, try new approaches, observe and collect evidence, synthesize information from a variety of sources, draw conclusions and generate new questions.”
Intent of the District Inquiry Project:
An opportunity for school teams to work together at the school level to explore a variety of methods for documenting knowledge, skills and attitudes (and helping our students to document their learning), and then to come together at the District level to discuss the myriad of opportunities and possibilities around Communicating Student Learning.
Topics included in the Project:
- What do we mean by “Communicating Student Learning”?
- What does it include?
- How is it communicated and to whom?
- What methods are most effective for our school and our students?
- What are we currently doing in our school that can be deepened or expanded through this inquiry?
- How can this help to deepen our understanding of assessment practices and promote deeper student learning.?
- Space is available for up to 40 school teams to participate in Year One of this project
- Each selected school team will receive 3 IPad Minis for their use in the inquiry project, as well as copies of the Spirals of Inquiry book (Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser) in order to help guide their work
- School teams must consist of one school administrator and 3 teachers. More than 3 teachers are welcome to attend, however there are only 3 IPad Minis available per school team
- School teams are required to submit an application (attached) to be considered for the Inquiry Project. All applications will be vetted by the Associate Superintendent of Learning Services and the District Principal of Learning Technologies
- School teams will participate in a series of four after school sessions to connect with other colleagues
- A report on the school team’s learnings is required at the end of the school year. More information to follow as to reporting format
What is the school team committing to?
- Working as a team, and concentrating on exploring an inquiry project focussed on communicating student learning.
- Crafting an action plan that identifies project team goals
- Working together to collaboratively plan, share, and reflect on evidence of student learning
- Exploring a variety of ways to document student learning using various tools such as photos, videos, audio, writing samples over time, etc.
- Committing to 4 after school sessions: 4-6 pm
- Reporting back on your team’s learning
|Mon. Nov 7th
||Scanning What’s going on for our learners?|
Focusing What does our focus need to be?
|Mon. Jan 9th
||Developing a Hunch What is leading to this situation?|
||Learning How and where can we learn more about what to do?|
|Mon. Apr 10th
||Taking Action What will we do differently?|
Sample Inquiry questions to inform instruction: