Our Story - Nurturing a Community of Learners
École Glenmore School has been a part of the Glenmore community for 70 years and has continued to evolve as part of the growing City of Kelowna and develop programs that reflect the recent Ministry of Education curriculum redesign. Our current campus includes buildings that were originally part of two smaller schools- Glenmore Elementary (the Main) and Mountainview Elementary (now referred to as "The Pods"). In more recent years, six portable classrooms have also been added to create one of the largest elementary schools in the province with almost 700 students. There are both English and French Immersion program streams at Glenmore - this requires a large group of dedicated educators and support staff.
This school year we plan to continue our focus on character development and social emotional learning. In August our staff was trained in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective people, and we plan on implementing our learning in our classrooms to become a "Leader in Me" school.
We believe that learning is ongoing, messy and the key to making the world a better place. Our community and our world are changing continually and this has affected our GME Learning Story. Our hope is for members of our learning community to:
- adopt an inquiry mindset;
- turn problems into questions;
- nurture and support one another.
We have been shifting our thinking and focus to creating learning environments that reflect current international educational research and best practices. The research (from the OECD 7 Principles of Learning, 2013) tells us that to be most effective, learning environments should:
- make learning and engagement central;
- ensure that learning is social and often collaborative;
- be highly attuned to learner motivations and emotions;
- be acutely sensitive to individual differences;
- be demanding for each learner (but without excessive overload);
- use assessments consistent with learning aims with strong emphasis on formative feedback;
- promote horizontal connectedness across activities and subjects, in and out of school.
In the past years we have had some key influencers in shifting our thinking and pedagogy to support our students at present and prepare them for a future that we know involves rapid change.
- Glenmore staff worked shoulder to shoulder with Dr. Latta from UBC-O on a research project which built our understandings and actions around inquiry as educators. Our Indigenous Advocates and Central Okanagan Public Schools Indigenous Education Programme have been instrumental in building our understandings and confidence in implementing provincial curriculum with Indigenous Perspectives. A visual reminder of this work has been added to the fence along Glenmore Road... salmon travelling in Okanagan waters.
- Our School District's Early Learning Team has also been working with our teachers to use research-based, common literacy teaching and assessment practices, We know that literacy skills are foundational to all other life-long learning. We are all learners, working together with support from one another and we invite other experts to join us when we need more specific instruction.
Implementation of change takes a great deal of time. We believe that learning for our staff needs to be collaborative and embedded. Each year, creative structures provide release time for our educators to be involved in collaborative inquiry related to a variety of topics. Activities such as "Lunch and Learn" sessions, Collaboration Time (release while students engage in other learning with key staff leaders--this year's learning focus for students is the theme of COURAGE, Professional Development/Implementation Days/Staff Meetings as well as online/in-person workshops that enable educators to work together with school-based, district and provincial leaders.
Our Inquiry Process and Learning Plan will be updated in the Fall 2021.
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