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Engaged students have a sense of
belonging in their school. They try hard to learn and want to
participate in school activities. Here's what students have told us
about their school experience:
The Action on High School Success Project officially
started in March 2011 at J. A. Williams High School in Lac la
The goal of the project was to improve and increase high school
completion at the school. As a work in progress, the past three
years has seen staff delving into the ways that assessment,
coaching, and building relationships are essential components for
improving teaching and learning.
Both students and staff are continuing on a journey to create a
new teaching and learning culture in the school.
The use of data, the engagement of students, the understanding
of assessment, professional development focused on the practicality
of teaching, and the building of positive relationships-student
with teacher and teacher with teacher are all keys elements that
have positively re-energized the purpose of school.
The work initiated at J. A. Williams High School has spread to
the other high schools in Northern Lights School Division leading
to an increased and proactive focus on student success.
This video celebrates the successes and the learnings of the
Action on High School Success project.
For more information, contact Dana.Antaya-Moore@gov.ab.ca
Visit the Action on High School Success
The Advancing Adolescent Reading Initiative (AARI) is a
comprehensive professional development program, developed in
partnership with the JP Das Centre at the University of Alberta and
Alberta Education. It is specifically for Alberta educators
teaching in grades 7-12.
The students in the Cohort One pilot group completed their
eight-module course of study and celebrated their graduation from
the program in June 2013. The students in the Cohort Two pilot
group will complete their studies in June 2014. Feedback from AARI
participants reinforces the benefits of sustained and focused
professional development in enhancing teacher practice and
increasing student engagement and achievement.
What does high quality teaching and learning mean in high
How can intellectual engagement increase student success and
Engaging Learners in Forest Lawn High School is a partnership
initiative between Alberta Education, Calgary Board of Education
(CBE) Area III leadership, Forest Lawn High School (FLHS)
administrators, and Galileo Educational Network staff. Galileo's
role in the partnership is to collaboratively create and examine
the practices that sponsor increased student performance and
engagement in secondary schools, with the end result being a better
future for FLHS students and teachers. Data to inform this work
came from a variety of sources, including TELL them FROM me.
For more information, contact Mary.Michailides@gov.ab.ca
Visit the Engaging all
Learners web page.
The High School Flexibility Enhancement Project worked with
students, parents and staff in 16 Alberta schools to develop a new
approach to education, one that does not equate time with school
Freed from the time requirement, participating schools opened
their classes to redesign and innovation. Removing rigid timelines
opened up a possibility of personalized learning - focusing on the
individual as opposed to the standard. It meant greater opportunity
to explore passions, to be successful and to want to be in
The 16 schools involved in the flexibility project met as a group
to share ideas, discuss solutions to common issues and challenges,
and learn about the approaches in redesign being implemented in
In September 2013, phase 2 of this work, Moving Forward with
High School Redesign, will begin, with more than 90 schools
participating in the initiative.
the video above to hear more about Alberta's High School
Flexibility Enhancement Project.
For more information, contact Pam.Halverson@gov.ab.ca.
Visit the High School
Flexibility Enhancement Project web page.
The Learning for the 21st Century project was piloted in the
Fort Vermilion School Division No. 52 with grades 6 to 8 students
at Upper Hay River School, Spirit of the North Community School and
High Level Public School. As part of the project, teachers learned
how Web 2.0 technology could be used in their classrooms, and how
it could be used to connect with the world beyond the school.
By introducing technology in grades 6 to 8, before students
often decide to drop out, Fort Vermilion School Division staff
believed that students would be more engaged and that high school
completion rates would improve. District administration and staff
involved in this project wanted to know if the use of interactive
tools, like wikis, kidblogs and discussion boards, would provide
more authentic learning experiences for all students, particularly
First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. They also wanted to know
if these tools would help students to communicate better and learn
more, and if the use of these tools would, in fact, result in
increased student engagement and improved high school completion
For more information, contact Nathan.Freed@gov.ab.ca.
Visit the Learning for
the 21st Century web page.
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