Assurance Elements

Parkland School Division implements a total of twenty five elements within five domains to provide assurance. 

Assurance Elements in the Domain of Student Growth and Achievement

Element: Student Achievement [SGA.SA] - Students achieve prescribed provincial learning outcomes, demonstrating foundational skills, and strengths in literacy and numeracy.

Element: Assessment Feedback [SGA.AF] - Students use ongoing assessment feedback to reflect continuously on their progress, identify strengths and areas of need and set essential learning goals.

Element: Characteristics For Success [SGA.CS] - Students demonstrate positive, personal characteristics that contribute to success, including: confidence, resilience, active-engagement, health and wellness.

Element: Appreciating and Respecting Diversity [SGA.ARD] - Students demonstrate understanding, appreciation and respect for the diversity and uniqueness of all learners.

Element: Indigenous Ways of Knowing [SGA.IWK] - Students advance reconciliation by acquiring and applying foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis and Inuit experiences.

Element: Real World Learning [SGA.RWL] - Students apply knowledge, understanding and skills in authentic, real world contexts and situations.

Assurance Elements in the Domain of Teaching and Leading

Element: Excellent Teaching [TL.ET] - Teachers and leaders design, deliver and share purposeful, essential, relevant and authentic teaching and assessment practices to promote student achievement.

Element: Professional Practice [TL.PP] - Teachers and leaders are accountable to a standard of professional conduct and a standard of professional practice and their practice through collaborative engagement in processes of growth, supervision and evaluation.

Element: Professional Learning [TL.PL] - Teachers and leaders use a range of data arising from their practice to inform cycles of evidence-based, continuous learning. On-going professional learning programs prepare teachers and leaders to meet the standards for professional practice.

Element: Responsive Teaching [TL.RT] - Teachers and leaders respond with skill and competence to the unique learning needs, interests and cultural, social and economic circumstances of all.

Element: Indigenous Understanding [TL.IU] - Teachers and leaders demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous perspectives and ensure that appropriate resources are allocated in order to support our Indigenous students’ success and well-being.

Element: Collaboration [TL.C] - Collaboration amongst teachers, leaders, students and their families, and other professionals enables optimum learning.

Assurance Elements in the Domain of Learning Supports

Element: Adaptable Learning Environment [LS.AE] - School staff adapt learning environments as necessary to meet each learner’s needs, emphasizing a sense of belonging and high expectations for all.

Element: Supportive Infrastructure [LS.SI] - School staff ensure that infrastructure (e.g., technology and transportation services) supports learning and meets the needs of students and their families, staff and school communities. 

Element: Care, Respect and Safety [LS.CRS] - School staff ensure the learning environment is welcoming, caring, respectful and safe, and that healthy lifestyle choices, and positive peer relationships are fostered.

Element: Inclusive Education [LS.IE] - School staff fulfil their respective roles with a shared understanding of the ways in which an inclusive education system supports learning.

Element: Indigenous Community Resources [LS.ICR] - School staff work well with families and the community to apply the resources needed to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit student achievement.

Element: Wraparound Services [LS.WS] - School staff utilize cross-ministry initiatives and wraparound services to enhance conditions required for optimal learning.

Assurance Elements in the Domain of Governance

Element: Board Advocacy [G.BA] - Trustees consider and represent community perspectives and advocate, in a manner consistent with the Board’s Vision and Mission and Values, within local, provincial and national advocacy processes.

Element: Policy Governance [G.PG] - Trustees attend to legislation, policy and regulation to provide clarity regarding the roles and responsibilities of education partners in matters of governance.

Element: Fiscal Responsibility [G.FR] - Trustees attend to governance actions and allocate fiscal resources in alignment with the Division’s Enduring Priorities, and in accordance with all statutory, regulatory and disclosure requirements.

Element: Communication and Community Relations [G.CR] - Trustees promote positive community engagement within the Division and engage in communication in a timely, frank and constructive manner. 

Element: Continual Improvement [G.CI] - Trustees employ a cycle of evidence-based continual improvement to inform ongoing planning and priority setting, and to build capacity. 

Element: Stakeholder Engagement [G.SE] - Trustees promote stakeholder engagement practices and utilize stakeholder assurance to monitor progress and to plan in a manner that cultivates a shared vision for student success and well-being.

Assurance Elements in the Domain of Local and Societal Context

Element: Responsiveness [LC.R] - Staff and community stakeholders attend responsively to the unique and diverse cultural, social and economic factors that impact our students’ aspirations and learning needs.