SCCs play an important role in school improvement and enhancing student learning:
• Improved marks and graduation rates
• Increased involvement in classroom activities and a more positive attitude towards homework.
• Higher attendance rates and greater enrollment in post-secondary education.
• Enhanced communication between parents, administrators and teachers.
• More opportunities for learning activities in the home.
• Better understanding of how schools operate.
• Increased cost-effectiveness due to the pooling of time, money and effort.
• Strengthened community pride through involvement in the school’s achievements.
School Learning Improvement Plan
School Community Councils in Sun West and throughout the province are working with school staffs to help students improve achievement. In Sun West, all schools have focused on achievement in the literacies of reading, math and writing, and many schools have targeted other areas for improvement as well. The process for improvement is a simple one – students, teachers, and parents realize that there is an area where student achievement is not as good as it should be, we put our heads together to think of what sort of things we can do to helps students achieve at a higher level, we put our plans into action, and we check to see how much students have grown.
In Sun West, School Community Councils play a critical role in helping schools with improvement planning. Each fall, SCC members are invited to join the staff in the development of the School Learning Improvement Plan (usually called the SLIP Plan), and contribute a parent and community perspective into areas for improvement. This planning results in actions that the staff takes with students and parents, actions that the SCC takes with students and parents, and actions where the staff and SCC working together. In May, the SCC assists with the preparation of the SLIP Annual Summary, a document that shows what gains in achievement were realized over the course of the year. In June, 2012, Sun West will hold its first ever Literacy Fair, where students, teachers, SCC members, the Board of Education, and school-based administrators will come together in Rosetown to celebrate the gains we have made and learn from others’ work.
Work in School Learning Improvement is a critical part of the 2006 changes from the Local Board of Trustees model to the School Community Council model in Saskatchewan. Sun West students are doing better all the time, but we still have lots of room for improvement.
Want to join us in helping our kids achieve our vision of “Success for all”? Get involved with your local School Community Council!