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1 Teacher Induction and Learning through a Professional Development School: The St. Anne Inquiry-Based Learning Community

2 Acknowledgements Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research into Teaching Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools University of Saskatchewan Students, teachers, parents and community of St. Anne School

3 Conceptual Framework Overarching curricular Question Interest-based groupings Representing learning Sharing learning In-situ into a community Student learning at centre Building teacher identity Learning in collaboration Deep engagement with others Collaboration among institution Teacher research in action Professional Development School Communities of Practice Inquiry-Based Learning Teacher Induction and Professional Development

4 St. Annes School Built in 1976; River Heights; GSCS Serves 16 different neighborhoods in River Heights, Richmond Heights, North Park, & Central Business District Diverse population Current enrolment 204 12% FNM, 25% with other country of origin, 15% have diverse needs Focus on 21 st century learners

5 The Study Purpose Objectives Participants Method Findings Implications

6 Purpose The purpose of this study was to determine the inputs, processes, and outcomes of teacher induction and professional development in an inquiry-based professional development school in Saskatchewan.

7 Objectives to conduct a case study into the learning and professional development of teachers (pre-service and in-service) and of students as they teach and learn in an inquiry-based professional development school; and to report on the study through a paper and a high- quality video capturing: the theory behind the study, the education in action at the school, and the student, teacher and parent narratives throughout the study.

8 Participants Administrators (2) Teachers (5) Teacher candidates (3) Students (31) Community members (3) Entire student body through climate surveys

9 Method Student likert-scale surveys, Video and photo documentary, Teacher and student interviews, Parent and community focus groups, and Collections of artifacts, photographs, and work samples. All qualitative data were analyzed using structural and descriptive coding. Results were collated by theme and presented by question

10 Findings The purpose of this study was to determine the inputs, processes, and outcomes of teacher induction and professional development in an inquiry-based professional development school in Saskatchewan.

11 Quantitative Data M ost responses achieved a positive score of 80% agreement or higher, making differentiation between Fall and Spring surveys difficult and not statistically significant. Responses that revealed the greatest increase in positive perceptions included: 1) I ask questions to inquire about new things (increased from 87% to 93% agreement); 2) I research using a variety of sources (increased from 85% to 93%); 3) I challenge myself to represent my learning in different ways (increased from 82% to 87%); and 12) I look for opportunities to share my learning at school (increased from 83% to 90%).

12 Quantitative Data Responses that revealed a slight decline in agreement included: 5) I am reflective of my learning and strive to make it better (decreased from 91% to 85%); and 13) I look for opportunities to share my learning outside of school (decreased from 81% to 75%). Although this data provided limited usage for this study because of its already high positive orientation, it will be used by the school staff for further discussion.

13 Qualitative Data

14 Inputs Student-Centered Learning Environment Prioritized Teacher Learning Dissonance

15 Student-centered learning environment I never start with a binder full of materials when approaching a unit, its always going to be different, fresh and inquiring on how to tackle two different years with different learners (Grade 3/4 teacher). In terms of the learning environment its not only about the physical environment, but an environment that extends beyond the classroom. Collaboratively teachers and students work together to create real life experiences that foster learning (Vice-principal).

16 Prioritized teacher learning I noticed that growth myself. Im getting into the flow of things. Its becoming easier, its helping me grow as a learner as well. (Kindergarten Teacher) I had read about inquiry learning, or inquiry style teaching and thought Oh great another thing to learn, and I sort of did some stuff that I thought might be inquiry and I didnt think it went very well. Then last year I was working with one of our catalyst teachers... and she helped me with a unit that I already had on the go. She said to me, This is inquiry based learning, this is fabulous, and I went, It is? Im doing it? and I didnt even know. So that kind of put this idea in my head that probably some of the integration I was doing between different areas of the curriculum was part of the inquiry stuff. (Grade 6/7 Teacher)

17 Dissonance I discovered I need to take my teaching outside of the box and to be comfortable with letting things go with the students…their imaginations and thinking is way broader than I ever thought it could be (Grade 1/2 teacher) I discover that myself as a teacher it's going to be a lot different than what I thought it was going to be when I started education. (Teacher Candidate)

18 Processes Teacher Dissonance Teacher Dispositions Student Engagement as a Guidepost

19 Teacher Dissonance Teachers had an opportunity to experiment; it was a risk-taking endeavor. By about Christmas you could see that teachers were getting more comfortable; starting to see that it was definitely different but it wasnt such a big paradigm shift initially thought. It was comforting for teachers to know that they would certainly have to do some things differently but not as much as maybe they thought... you could see that there was almost a yearning to change. (Principal) You develop, you have to trust and develop a sense of trust with people... Theres lots of collaboration that is going on, lots of sharing of ideas, and things that are working, things that arent working. (Grade 4/5 Teacher)

20 Teacher Disposition Im no longer working with teachers and telling them ways they need to differentiate their instruction for the kinds anymore. Its happening. They are responding to the students needs and they are responding to student interest without a whole lot of support. (Vice Principal) Last year, for example introducing a topic I would [have done] some direct instruction and then the students would have done a work sheet to show what they know. This year I have had more hands on activities, more exploring to find out [about] the kids, how they interact with what were doing, and then they help develop the questions. (Grade 1/2 teacher)

21 Student Engagement as a Guidepost Learning is fun for me because of the hands on stuff. I like presentations, being in front of the class, instead of handing in just an essay. I like showing stuff I made. (Grade 5/6 student) I think they [teachers] are trying to make us show it in multiple ways. It is kind of plain when you show your learning with just one project and everybody does the exact same. So then some people made a video, some did a PowerPoint, some did a poster, some did plays. It was really awesome how you got to see everyones different learning in multiple different ways. (Grade 5 student)

22 Outputs Deepened Engagement (from student to teacher to parent) Authentic Student Learning and Metacognition

23 Deepened Engagement (from student to teacher to parent) So thats what I think that our kids are being taught. To ask questions and that you have your own mind and you ask questions and you learn because its what we are meant to do, not because Im telling you to. (Parent, Focus Group Participant) Im noticing about how these kids are learning. They are not just memorizing. They are retaining this information, and like I said before, they are applying it. (Parent, Focus Group Participant)

24 Authentic Student Learning and Metacognition I like working in groups because by yourself you cant do as much as you do in a group; because in a group... you learn more because I have my group members telling me stuff I never knew. (Grade 5/6 student) Learning is fun for me because we work in groups, looking up on the internet, searching in books. You can do your own thing. Its fun because we get to decide and search. You dont want someone to tell you the answers. (Grade 3/4 student) I got a little bit smarter. I am learning in different ways than before, because now we are doing art projects that I like, because I like getting messy. (Grade 3 student)

25 Implications Theory and Research: The study of inquiry-based learning reveals much about the positive effect on student and teacher learning and engagement. There is a potential intersection for future research between the concepts of communities of practice, professional development schools, and teacher induction. Practice: This study reveals effective, targeted professional development. Investing in the study of local, school- centric initiatives such as this one through the PDS model presents schools, school divisions, and local associations with alternative responses to standardized testing in order present evidence of authentic student learning.

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