Components and Programs
Student Learning Assessment
In support of the FNSSP proposal, student retention is a priority of the program. Overall we want our students to succeed and graduate from grade 12. There are many ways that this issue is being addressed directly and indirectly.
Looking at direct strategies all three schools has implemented the School Success Period. This is a whole class period, where struggling students can receive intense support from teachers to deal with those problematic learning areas.This is a great opportunity for students to increase their knowledge and gain the one-on-one or small group direction that they need.
Another direct strategy is through the SMART goals set by school improvement teams and professional learning communities. They may set a student retention goal to deal with a driving issue within their own school, apart from the other two schools.
Indirectly student retention gets addressed through strategies related to differentiated instruction. Differentiated instruction may be accompanied with new teaching strategies that create a deeper engaging learning environment for every student with different types of learning needs. Both of these frameworks create a learning support for all students including issues relating to the different learning needs of boys and girls.
Student retention has many facets of issues that are deep and rooted or on the surface and easy to address. When dissecting the problem, some reasoning relates to student engagement in the classroom, personal problems, at home stability, late or absenteeism, learning disabilities, etc, etc.. There seems to be many issues that impact students from kindergarten to grade 12, each school is addressing their own problems in a way that is progressive, timely and requires its own strategy or multiple strategies.