Since opening in 2010, University Highlands has maintained school goals and objectives in relation to three themes: Community, Sustainability and Inquiry-based Learning. Each year we have examined our progress and looked for ways to become more sophisticated and effective in our pedagogical practices in order to support each of the learners in our school. We understand that evidence-based practices take time to learn, implement and show results. We have implemented initiatives in each theme area focusing on key questions to guide our collaborative work, with the intent to build and grow an innovative and dynamic school culture that offers students multiple ways to engage with teaching and learning. We welcome the participation of our community partnerships: Families, School District 41, the City of Burnaby, UniverCity, the UniverCity Community Association and Simon Fraser University.
Our plan is focused on ways of being in community that positively enhance student learning now and into the future, and therefore our measurement tools are largely qualitative, emphasizing teacher and student voice. Our School Planning and Parent Advisory Councils have been instrumental in refining our questions and providing appropriate measurement tools along the way. Their work in bringing teacher and student voices to the fore is invaluable.
Goal 1: Students will increase in their ability to learn, and effectively implement, self-awareness and self-management strategies that maximize their learning potential and ability to solve problems peacefully.
Goal 2: Students will be engaged in meaningful learning with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning which will be measured through student achievement in their ability to reflect upon their learning in their personal writing.