A Community of Learning Community schools have the potential to: open minds change lives enhance the learning experience expand the learning experience

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<ul><li><p>A Community of LearningCommunity schools have the potential to:open mindschange livesenhance the learning experienceexpand the learning experiencebuild a community of support</p></li><li><p>A Community of LearningIt takes a whole community to raise a child and build a future.</p></li><li><p>A Community of LearningIntroduced in Saskatchewan in 1980 to help children experiencing the impact of:povertysubstance abuselack of nutritiondomestic abusecrimeneglect</p></li><li><p>A Community of LearningLearning is a profound educational and social experience.</p></li><li><p>A Community of LearningOur ModelA collaboration of many . . . creating schools that help children and youth succeed in classrooms and in life.</p></li><li><p>A History and LegacyRich history in Canadian Provinces:tradition of extended familytraditional ceremonies, barn raisings, and one-room school houses exemplified the potential of people gathering to respond to needs of family and communities</p></li><li><p>A History and LegacyRich history around the world:originated in Michigan in the 30sfounded by Frank Manleysupported by Charles MottBrazilian Paulo Freire developed theories in Popular Education</p></li><li><p>A History and LegacyTook hold in North America:more and more community schoolsCIDA helping Thailand and Egypt develop Community Schoolsfirst Canadian school founded in 1966</p></li><li><p>A History and LegacySaskatchewan framework:developed program to address urban Aboriginal povertySaskatchewan Education established 17 schools by 198226 schools and pre-K program by 1996Northern Saskatchewan adopted the program from 1996 to 1998 - 10 schools addedfive more school in Southern Saskatchewan by 1999</p></li><li><p>A History and LegacySaskatchewan Community Schools today:largest expansion in 2001 83 Community SchoolsCommunity Schools make up 10% of Saskatchewan Schoolsserve 33,000 studentsexpanding into rural communities and high schools</p></li><li><p>Saskatchewan RealityOver 40% of students experience: povertyteen pregnancysubstance abuseviolencefamily breakdowninadequate housing</p></li><li><p>Saskatchewan RealityPoverty is the biggest concern.</p></li><li><p>Saskatchewan RealityCommunity Schools work to counteract the potential effects of poverty.</p></li><li><p>Saskatchewan RealityChildren and youth in poverty may experience:behavioral problemslow self-esteemless motivation to learndelayed cognitive developmentlower achievementless participationlower aspirations and expectationsincreased risk of dropping outlower literacy attainment</p></li><li><p>Saskatchewan RealityChildren and youth have demonstrated individual abilities and gifts - characteristics that make them resilient:self esteemtrustoptimismindependenceproblem solvingsocializing with otherslife, play and work skillscoping for oneself and others</p></li><li><p>The Answer Lies in Our EffortsWe found out that everything is so interrelated, physical health, mental health, emotional health, education, the curriculum, the teaching, the family, the everyday living, and so on, so that you cant pull them apart and say that any one segment is going to take care of these social ills. So I thought the best chance we might have is if we brought all these forces together As soon as you get one community started and they begin to believe in each other and have a better understanding, then you can spread that out in a little wider circle . .</p></li><li><p>The Circle is GrowingNumber of schools growing:in 2001 41 to 83soon 33,000 students</p></li><li><p>Our ApproachFour Components of Support</p></li><li><p>Our ApproachStudents at the heart with:integrated serviceslearning programsparental and community involvementcommunity development</p></li><li><p>Looking DeeperService integration is integral to Community Schools:school divisionshealth districtsSocial Services officesrecreation boardstribal councils, bands or localsjusticelocal agencies</p></li><li><p>Looking DeeperService integration allows Community Schools to branch out:counseling and supporting students and familyimproving local housing and facilitieswelcoming people with community roomspromoting community policing and crime preventionaddressing child hunger through nutrition educationworking together to create leadership opportunities for youth acknowledging and exploring anti-racism</p></li><li><p>Looking DeeperRespect for all cultures:significant percentage of students are First Nations or Mtisopportunity to increase understanding of all cultures</p></li><li><p>Looking DeeperWe celebrate different cultures with:culturally affirming and appropriate curriculaintegrated cultural values and beliefsAboriginal language programscultural celebrationscross-cultural and anti-racism trainingelder and outreach programsequity policiesAboriginal positions</p></li><li><p>Learning ProgramsWe follow the provincial curricula and go beyond by offering:tailored programsvaried programsprograms to meet community needs</p></li><li><p>Learning ProgramsOur School Programs</p></li><li><p>Learning ProgramsEarly Learning ProgramsShort-term benefits:improved cognitive functioning and language developmentincreased social skillsincreased healthhigher self-esteem</p></li><li><p>Learning ProgramsEarly Learning ProgramsLong-term benefits include:lower rates of juvenile crimefewer failed grades and drop-outsfewer teen pregnanciesfewer referrals for special education</p></li><li><p>Learning ProgramsPre-kindergarten ProgramThree and four year olds learn through play:language developmentproblem solvingcognitive skillsmotor skillssocializationself-esteem</p></li><li><p>Learning ProgramsPre-kindergarten ProgramThe environment:experimental learning in cheerful roomslearning centresimaginative programs in a prepared environmentactivities built around experiences, interests, needs and ideas </p></li><li><p>Learning ProgramsPre-kindergarten ProgramFamily involvement:partners in educationjoin adult and family programsopportunities to develop skills</p></li><li><p>Learning ProgramsPlanting DreamsFor every seedling planted Weyerhaeuser donates to the Planting Dream Fund.</p></li><li><p>Learning ProgramsPlanting Dreams$200,000.00 provided for Community Schools with special emphasis on pre-kindergarten programming. Has assisted:implementation of Readiness to Learn Backpack Programsupport cultural activitiespromotion of community schools</p></li><li><p>Learning ProgramsAdult Learning Programs:life is a learning processbecome involvedpromote family literacyvaried programs GED, Adult 10, 11 and 12introductory computer coursesnutrition workshopskeyboardingsportsculturefamily skills</p></li><li><p>Shared ResponsibilitiesLeadership is a collaborative effort involving:Community School Council the Principalthe Coordinatorschool staffstudentschool divisionschool board parent and community volunteers</p></li><li><p>Shared ResponsibilitiesParental and Community InvolvementEveryone has a role to play and something to contribute.</p></li><li><p>Shared ResponsibilitiesTeachersTeachers focus on the students:teach the curriculumparticipate in extracurricular activitiesaffirm different culturesinvite and encourage parental involvementhost different individuals to provide broader life lessons</p></li><li><p>Shared ResponsibilitiesTeachersCommunity school teachers have the ability to recognize and use the gifts of people within the community to enhance the learning experience of their students.</p></li><li><p>Shared ResponsibilitiesSchool StaffMany school staff bring gifts and value:teacher associatescaretakerssecretariesnutrition workerslearning assistantslibrarians outreach workers/counselors. Social workersprofessional shared services staffadministrators and Community School Coordinators</p></li><li><p>Shared ResponsibilitiesStudentsTake responsibility:offer peer supportcontribute in the classroom, school and communityparticipate in leadership</p></li><li><p>Shared ResponsibilitiesParentsBecome active partners involved in their childrens education:get them to schoolprovide a stable environmentvolunteerprovide leadershipcreate an environment of hope and caringmodel lifelong learning</p></li><li><p>Shared ResponsibilitiesCommunity School CouncilActively share visioning, planning and facilitating actions that demonstrate the philosophy:contribution creates a community of learningrepresentatives lead a response to the needs of the whole child, family and communityparticipation contributes to shared learninginvolvement creates a shared Community School Plan</p></li><li><p>Shared ResponsibilitiesCommunity School CouncilReflection of a population including:parentsstudentsthe Principalthe Community School Coordinatorschool staffother service organizations the community</p></li><li><p>Shared ResponsibilitiesCommunityInvolves many:parentsschool staffstudentselders and seniorsbusiness peoplecommunity at large</p></li><li><p>ActivitiesCommunity Schools are community centers of activity with:gym nightscommunity kitchensclothing depotspotluck suppersfestivals and carnivalsfamily computer nightshealth fairs</p></li><li><p>ActivitiesChild care and day care:child care at most eventssome Community Schools have day cares on-site offering:accessibleaffordablequality care</p></li><li><p>ActivitiesOur Schools Activities</p></li><li><p>Our School ActivitiesMaking a difference outside the school:playground improvementsinner city sports leagueshousing and food security programssummer activities for local childrenart contributionshelping seniors addressing environmental concernsincorporating restitution programs</p></li><li><p>Different but the SameCommunity Schools intent foster family and community involvement with a variety of activities:coffee with the principalparent partiesparenting programsWomenspeakround dancesschool musicalsyouth conferencesschool calendars</p></li><li><p>Dispelling PrejudicesDifferent backgrounds are an opportunity: embrace cultural differencesprovide cultural role modelsprovide greater exposure to different lifestylesencourage participation</p></li><li><p>Dispelling PrejudicesOngoing exposure to different races, cultures and opinions overcomes suspicion and prejudice, builds respect and fosters friendships.</p></li><li><p>OutcomeWith shared responsibilities we help to develop and empower communities. </p></li><li><p>Outcome</p><p>When you come on something good, first thing to do is to share it with whoever you can find; that way the good spreads out where no telling it will go. - Little Tree</p></li><li><p>Have a VoiceParents, children and youth, school staff and you . . .Community Schools are for everyone.</p></li><li><p>Saskatchewan Community Schools acknowledges the support of Saskatchewan Education and Weyerhaeuser.</p></li><li><p>What Can You DoInsert individual school requests here (content is added by the respective community schools)</p></li></ul>