Our Goals

In addition to the goals set for the division by Alberta Education, Northern Lights Public School’s 2015-2018 Three-Year Education Plan includes three goals specific to Northern Lights Public Schools. These goals will help our teachers, students, and administrative staff strive to obtain and deliver a higher level of consistent, quality education throughout each and every one of our schools. 

Goal #1: Northern Lights will improve literacy and numeracy competencies

Key System Strategies

  • Lead literacy and numeracy teachers provide targeted support to improve literacy and numeracy instruction.
  • Benchmarking and diagnostic assessments inform and focus instruction to ensure needs-based programming. 
  • Locally-developed ‘Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks’ guide the selection of purposeful and effective practices.
  • The Daily 5 structure is used to deliver instruction in literacy and the Daily 3 is used for math.
  • Full-time Kindergarten with enhanced literacy opportunities is offered at all primary schools.
  • Provincial Achievement Test and Diploma results, as well as DORA (literacy) and ADAM (math) assessment results, are used to measure literacy and numeracy improvement.

Sample School Strategies

  • Relevant and timely professional development on literacy and numeracy instruction.
  • School-wide scheduled guided reading with literacy support teachers
  • Professional partnerships with other schools in the area
  • Expert presenting three times per year on math support with teachers
  • Hands-on math and math labs
  • Use of common language between grades and schools
  • Develop and administer common assessments
  • Effective questioning techniques using Bloom’s Taxonomy

Goal #2: Northern Lights will improve communication, engagement and partnerships

Key System Strategies

  • Build and implement a communications plan to ensure effective communication with all school communities.
  • The Division undertook an extensive community engagement and strategic planning exercise in the development of priorities for the Division to pursue. This information was key to the development of the three current priorities.
  • The Director of Community Partnerships and Engagement builds partnerships with industry and agencies, resulting in additional programming and supports for students.
  • Partnerships with First Nations and Metis will be furthered through the ongoing development of Educational Service Agreements and Long-Term Agreements.

Sample School Strategies

  • Newsletter connected to accountability pillar measures
  • Family events to bring parents to school
  • Regular, timely communication to parents
  • Increased use of social media
  • Celebrating partnerships
  • Greater involvement of school council in decision making
  • Participation in C-School, experiential programs and trades opportunities in the community
  • Improve consistency across schools in communication practices
  • Outside agency relationships for resources

Goal # 3: Northern Lights will support programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and sound mental health

 Key System Strategies

  • Student Advocacy Counsellors provide mental health supports to students and connect families to external agency supports.
  • Apple Schools, a school-focused health promotion initiative, is active and supported in six of our schools.
  • The Division works with Ever Active Schools, which supports wellness education and comprehensive school health, building capacity through innovative projects.
  • The Positive Behaviour Support framework is used in schools to build, promote and maintain a positive and functional school climate.
  • The Division supports the Collaborative Response Model, which focuses on inclusion and ensures a collaborative response to identify and meet the individual needs of students.

 Sample School Strategies

  • Daily physical education and three recesses each day
  • Focus on student recognition with ‘celebrate Monday’
  • Wellness coach and counsellor support mental health
  • Breakfast club
  • Increase involvement in Division sports events
  • Identify and address areas of student anxiety
  • Teach/focus on mental health and wellness like we have with physical wellness
  • Roots of Empathy program
  • Community service projects
  • Analyze and use Tell Them From Me survey data