Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute

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2018 School Recipient of the Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement

Data and Schools: A Journey of Learning

Student population: 670; Grades: 9–12

  • Kenner CVI, which opened in 1952, is the oldest operating public high school in Peterborough.
  • Kenner offers a wide range of programs, including the International Baccalaureate, Learning and Life Skills, cooperative education, technological education and arts education. In addition, Kenner offers Specialist High Skills Majors in construction, hospitality, horticulture and transportation.

“We have created a culture of high expectations at Kenner, where students feel supported to achieve their best. We have clear and consistent expectations in each classroom, and students know they cannot simply ‘pass’ or choose not to do their work. This culture boosts student confidence and trust. Our teachers have formed a collective efficacy around the belief that we can make a difference for each of our students.”
— Principal

Analysis

  1. EQAO Data: Together with its feeder schools, Kenner looks at EQAO data from Grades 3 to 6 to 9. Staff look to see which students have met, never met, risen to or fallen from the provincial standard. EQAO assessment information is used to determine where students were finding success and where there were gaps for each strand.
  2. Goal Setting: Teachers of applied courses build their capacity to teach global competencies. Global competencies are skills and knowledge that help students apply what they learn to real-world situations.
  3. Teacher Learning: Two goals are set: one for students in the applied course and one for students in academic. The school also sets a different area of focus for each course based on EQAO achievement results from the previous year.
  4. Global Competencies: Together, staff look at report card data and consider the needs of students who are achieving below Level 3. Each teacher builds expertise in an evidence-based instructional strategy that will help students improve.

Action

Culture of Collaborative Inquiry

Educators at Kenner have created a culture of high expectations and focus on closing achievement gaps for students. Math teachers develop a theory of action grounded in the use of an evidence-based instructional strategy to support student learning. They monitor its impact throughout the semester.

Teachers co-plan and co-teach lessons. The team’s data are a powerful part of their collaborative work. The teachers use evidence from conversations, observations and student work to guide their professional learning cycles and to monitor students. They review their lessons and end-of-semester data to refine their practice. They also continue to monitor students’ achievement in mathematics in Grades 10 and 11.

Classroom Visits

Administrators gather timely feedback on the impact of the school learning plan through daily and weekly learning walks. These visits to classrooms are part of the Achieving Excellence in Applied Courses initiative. Administrators talk to students about what they are learning, seeking insights into students’ understanding of why they are learning concepts. The learning needs of both students and teachers inform the school learning plan.

Grade 9

Sudbury Secondary School, Rainbow District School Board
Maxwell Heights Secondary School, Durham District School Board
M.M. Robinson High School, Halton District School Board
Elmira District Secondary School, Waterloo Region District School Board
St. Francis Xavier High School, Ottawa Catholic District School Board
John McCrae Secondary School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, Sudbury Catholic District School Board

Elementary Schools

Pine Grove Public School, District School Board of Niagara
St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Sister Catherine Donnelly Catholic School, Simcoe County District School Board
St. Matthew Catholic School, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Fleming Public School, Toronto District School Board
Springbrook Public School, Peel District School Board
Byron Southwood Public School, Thames Valley District School Board

OSSLT

Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Lakehead District School Board
South Carleton High School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Holy Names Catholic High School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, Toronto District School Board

Elementary Schools

McKellar Park Central School, Lakehead District School Board
St. Dominic Savio Catholic School, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
St. Bernadette Catholic School, Durham Catholic District School Board
Beverley Heights Middle School, Toronto District School Board
Pius XII Catholic Elementary, Sudbury Catholic District School Board
Sir William Gage Middle School, Peel District School Board
St. Martin School, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board
D. Roy Kennedy Public School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Grade 9

Maple High School, York Region District School Board
Essex District High School, Greater Essex County District School Board
Mississauga Secondary School, Peel District School Board
Governor Simcoe Secondary School, District School Board of Niagara
Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Earl Haig Secondary School, Toronto District School Board

Elementary Schools

St. Edmund Separate School, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Pleasantville Public School, York Region District School Board
Nelles Public School, District School Board of Niagara
St. Luke Catholic Elementary School, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board
St. Aloysius Catholic Elementary School, Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Centennial Road Junior Public School, Toronto District School Board
Dunlace Public School, Toronto District School Board
St. John XXIII Catholic School, Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
E. J. James Public School, Halton District School Board

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