Supporting at Risk Students

Attendance and Engagement in Learning

Chris Pawluk and Joy Malloch
MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 25, 2018

From policy to practice: learning about Alberta Education’s approach to student attendance and re-engagement.

Best Programming Practices for ELLs in an Inclusive High School Setting

Melissa DeStefanis-King
MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 5, 2017

With increasing numbers of English Language Learners (ELLs) across the Province, programming for High School ELLs is becoming more complex. This session will take you through Edmonton Catholic School District’s intake and assessment process, different types of English as a Second Language programming, scheduling and providing flexible pathways for ELLs in an Inclusive setting.

Collaborating to Support Positive Relationships and Student Success

Keith MacQuarrie, Joline Wood, and Jennifer Douglas
MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 5, 2017

This session will focus on the student supports provided through the High School Redesign Foundational Principles of Personalization and Relationships highlighting our Restorative Practice and Collaborative Response Models. Ermineskin Junior Senior High School is a Cree School on the Erminskin First Nation in Maskwacis, Alberta.

Collaborative Response Model

Kat Thon and Kaila Villiger
MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 5, 2017

With diverse learning populations, schools need to change their structures and instructional approaches to better meet student needs.

Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ+ Students and Staff

Tiff Pino
MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 25, 2018

This session offers ideas and guidance in creating a school culture that respects and embraces all diversity INCLUDING the LGBTQ+ community.

Creative Targeted Student Support

MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 5, 2017

The session will describe the creative way that Bow Valley was able to target specific groups of student and provide support within a limited budget. Topics included will be practicum Guidance and psychology students, anti anxiety room, partnerships to provide in school therapy, supporting homeless youth, equine and dog therapy, FNMI support.

Growing Success Creating a Comprehensive ELL Program

Linda Forde and Tamara Neumann
MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 1, 2015

The High School Completion Tool Kit: Working Together to Support Students at Risk of Not Completing High School

Krystal Abrahamowicz
MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 5, 2017

When families, schools, and community organisations work together to weave a web of support around vulnerable youth, it significantly increases the likelihood of high school completion. Leadership matters in designing these powerful and effective cultures of collaboration. In this session for school leaders, we will use the High School Completion Tool Kit to explore how to design collaborative cultures in schools that support school completion along the continuum of supports – from prevention, to identification, to intervention and specialised supports. Designed for use by school teams, the Tool Kit supports leaders in designing their own comprehensive process for supporting youth at risk of not completing high school. As schools work in partnership with parents, students, internal partners, and community organisations, this tool offers structures for on-going planning and communication.

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Improving Student Attendance Through Innovative Practices

Chris Pawluk
MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 5, 2017

Attending school on a regular basis is fundamental to the positive development of academic, language, social, and work-related skills. In Alberta, up to 151,000 students are impacted by school absenteeism and are at significant risk of negative future outcomes, such as economic disadvantage, incarceration, and mental health challenges. Recognizing the prevalence of absenteeism, Rocky View Schools launched the Attendance Innovation Campaign which aimed to educate communities as to the importance of attendance, empower schools to utilize data to monitor and improve practice, and eliminate barriers to student attendance through a system of tiered interventions. This innovating approach was expected to increase attendance rates, improve academic achievement, and boost school engagement across its four pilot schools. The techniques, resources, and preliminary results will be shared during this presentation so that educators can return to their schools and innovate practice.

It’s Never Too Late: Building Success Plans for Early Leavers

Joan Gauthier, Heather Innes, and Tim Main
MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 1, 2015

Layers of Intentionality: Tasks, Assessments & Interventions

Jennifer Neily and Amanda Huddleston

The NEST (Engaging at Risk Students)

Calgary Board of Education
MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 25, 2018

Trauma Informed Practice

Sue Bell & Sarah Kane Lees
MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 5, 2017

In this session, Sue and Sarah discuss their journey in implementing Trauma Informed Practices in a large urban Redesign School. Strategies on how staff worked together to shift instructional approaches, curriculum and scheduling are presented.

Trauma Informed Practices and High School Redesign

Sue M. Bell and Sherri Ritchie
MFWHSR Collaborative Day, October 5, 2017

After implementing trauma informed practices at a Redesign High school, we have learned that not only did we need to shift our approaches to instruction, curriculum and scheduling; BUT more importantly had to shift how we created and sustained relationships with students, how teachers interacted daily with students in classrooms and how administration developed school policies and practices. Although this was, and still is, very messy work, it has created an environment in our school that is beginning to show results that tell us we are working effectively with these students.

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