Throughout this year, we will be updating you on various initiatives that will be taking place in order to help us achieve the ambitious goals that we have committed to as part of our new Strategic Plan. At our Curriculum Evening, I shared some of the main themes and objectives that we will be working on over the next 3 years. One of those themes is Responsive Pedagogy, which is designed to “respond to the learning and developmental needs of all students at Trinity and equip staff with the means to do so.”
Since we desire to support every student, we recognize that we must have the most relevant information and data to better track and understand our students’ needs and growth. I’m excited to announce that we will be implementing some standardized testing for all students from grades 1-8, which will begin in a few weeks. MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) is a tool that will allow us to get an accurate picture of where your child is at in terms of their Math and English skills while tracking their growth throughout the year. It will also provide norm-referenced data that correlates with the standards from the Ontario Ministry of Education and compares our results to over 50 other Christian schools in the province.
Last Monday during our PD Day, our teachers were able to get a full picture of this software’s potential and received training on the software. They were excited about how this will positively impact our students and classrooms. More specifically, it will help to inform teachers’ instruction and enhance students’ learning by providing feedback to the teachers as to the specific areas of the curriculum that students have mastered and those that they need to improve. Ultimately, it will allow us to provide a more targeted education that is geared towards your children’s needs.
If you would like to learn more about MAP, click here to go directly to their site. Please feel free to contact Mrs. McGregor or myself, as we launch this new educational tool for our school.
J-D Lussier, Principal