Sue Carriere, Consultant Viviana Ruiz Arcand, Consultant, Northern Lights School Division
PROGRAM SUMMARY: Our school division needed a plan in order to increase graduation rates and student success. We were at a standstill and needed to take action. The division decided to develop a holistic wrap around strategy for at risk students.
Our session will include sharing an approach from a Student First perspective to improve student success amongst First Nations and Métis students. Items in our session include Northern Lights School Division’s (NLSD) Graduation Rate Initiative, Following Their Voices, Graduation Planning, the Our School Survey to inform practices, policy changes and the Invitational Shared Services Initiative ISSI) agreement. We will discuss how these strategies work together to a provide a wrap-around approach to find success, support and opportunity in our schools, and how the development of a growth mind set supports student success.
This session provided insight on graduation rates in high schools within Saskatchewan. A concept or idea that I think was really important which the speakers talked about was the “growth mindset.” Having the attitude of, “I’m going to reach my goal, even if it seems far away, I will get there one way or the other.” I completely agree that having strong support systems within high schools is vital and crucial for students’ success, especially students who are dealing with problems outside of school. These problems include things such as family issues, influence that they get from friends, stress and anxiety as well as others. Many students are also unaware of the support systems that are available to them and raising that awareness is something that needs to be done. Some changes that the speakers would like to happen are getting parents more involved in their children’s lives, especially their education. As well as helping students transition from elementary school to high school. Personally, I feel that many students are not taught the things they need for this transition which leads to many of them dropping out of high school in grade 10 and even grade 9. The speakers in this session really put a lot of effort into creating that change for students and giving students a voice and making sure that they are being heard.
By: SARAH CHOWDHURY