An Assurance Model for planning means that the Board is committed to determining the level of confidence that our stakeholders have in our system. Assurance provides a framework for the Division to continue maintaining close alignment with the direction and goals of the Ministry but with a stronger focus on being more responsive to the needs of the Division’s school communities. The Assurance Model framework enables Parkland School Division to ensure learner success through the following process:
- Develop local goals, strategies and measures that address Divisional priorities focused on ensuring student success;
- Develop strategic priorities that align with the Ministry but are more responsive to the needs of the school communities within the Division;
- Offer increased opportunities for stakeholder involvement throughout this process Stakeholder engagement is a critical aspect of the Assurance Model and helps to build a sense of “assurance” that Parkland School Division is indeed developing a strong educational system that puts student learning at the core of its work while being accountable for the quality of work it is doing.
The creation of a responsive plan for education depends on strong stakeholder engagement. In keeping with the School Councils Regulation (113/2007), the Board provided opportunities for School Councils and stakeholders to be involved in this Three Year Education Plan through the following:
- Through the daily commitment of our Trustees in engaging our students, staff and community;
- Through the ongoing conversations and engagement that our staff has with students, staff, parents and the community;
- Through School Council meetings and representation at the Council of School Councils;
- Throughout the year at three Student Advisory Committee meetings;
- Through public Board Meetings;
Assurance engagement enables the Board to hear its stakeholders and consider the issues that are of greatest concern in light of changing trends in education. Effective strategic planning involves a consideration of both emerging trends and significant issues and the impact of each on student success and well-being. Notwithstanding our goals and strategies, the Board recognizes significant trends and issues that will continue to impact education.
There is a growing dependence on Education to provide a solid foundation for society’s future, to develop engaged and ethical citizens who will be able to use their skills and competencies to effectively resolve environmental, economic, political and cultural issues, and to ensure that the upcoming generation is healthy and active. Expanding the definition of learner success to encompass more than academic goals creates a significant increase in community expectations of the education system and in expectations of educators.
Parkland School Division’s Ultimate Goal: Student Success and Well-Being encompasses the broader goals of education that have become the expectations of society and opens the door for developing an assurance model of planning and reporting. The Division also recognizes the work that teachers have always done as an integral part of their teaching:
- to teach citizenship and social responsibility, to teach and model an active and healthy lifestyle;
- to deal with the growing issues of drugs and alcohol that have become more prevalent with youth;
- to prepare students to take their place in a rapidly changing world.
The Division realizes that adequately responding to the broader goals of education requires a community response and the support from community experts working in collaboration with educators.
- This Education Plan identifies emerging and continuing trends and issues in education that must be considered in planning for student success and well being:
- The Board recognizes a continued need to embrace our First Nations, Métis And Inuit Learners, Families, And Communities;
- The Board recognizes a continued need to provide safe, effective transportation to the region’s students while attending to equity and resource stewardship;
- The Board recognizes the need to plan for the growth of its urban centers and the impact of this growth on the larger system; and
- With the expected change in the system’s demographics, the Board anticipates the opening of a second, new K to 9 school on Spruce Grove’s west end.