In 2011 staff at the Connect Charter School, Calgary Science School at the time, were asked “What does exemplary teaching and learning look like?”
The process and rationale for the creation of the frameworks is described here.
Years later the Exemplary frameworks have emerged as vital tools in developing Teacher and Student Learning Plans, Research and Innovation Projects, Board Initiatives, Teacher Practice, Outreach and Professional Development Strategies, Teacher Hiring and Deployment, Administration and Teacher Evaluations and more.
These living documents are in every classroom, and our school community is aware of, and reflects upon, each of our roles in striving to produce and participate in Exemplary Teaching and Learning. With our recent name change, came a need to revisit and revise the frameworks. Text versions were sent to all of our teachers through Google Drive to share with their students and to add notes of their comments and revision suggestions. A team of teachers then reviewed all of the suggestions and implemented many of them, including a change of format suggested by grade 5 in this blog post.
Below are the newest versions of the Exemplary Frameworks (June 2014).