School as the Heart of the        Community         George Webster   A Model School for Inner Cities
George Webster ES“Achieving together to build a better world.”
School Overview• Approximately 550 students• More than 30 different language groups• 70 percent of students born in Canada...
Model Schools for Inner Cities       Five Essential Components1.    Innovation in Teaching/Learning and in School      Str...
Innovation in Teaching and         Learning                   “In a culturally responsive                      classroom, ...
Support Services to meet the        Social, Emotional and Physical            Well-being of Students PFLCs– 18 month chec...
School as the Heart of the             Community      Joyce Epstein’s Six Types of Involvement•   Parenting•   Communicati...
Learning as We Go/Grow: How Do We Know What’s Working?                                         Research Tracking of Achiev...
A Typical Week at GWTOP 10 REASONS TO COME TO GW THIS WEEK... 1.  Adult ESL [Collaborating]2.  The Gender Respect Project ...
Parent Workshops     [Parenting]
Parents Share Information with          the School         [Communicating]                   Through “Tea with the        ...
Volunteer Training   [Volunteering]
Supporting the Social, Emotional, and Physical Needs of Children           [Volunteering]
Open Houses/Muffin Mornings      [Learning at Home]
School Council andAction Team for Partnerships        [Decision Making]
Parent Academy[Decision Making/Collaborating]
Community Partners Get Involved    [Collaborating with Community]
Everyone Learns at George Webster     [Collaborating with Community]
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  1. 1. School as the Heart of the Community George Webster A Model School for Inner Cities
  2. 2. George Webster ES“Achieving together to build a better world.”
  3. 3. School Overview• Approximately 550 students• More than 30 different language groups• 70 percent of students born in Canada• English is the language spoken in 47 percent of George Webster homes• Majority of families living in poverty• 79 on Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Learning Opportunities Index• Currently K-5 but growing K-8
  4. 4. Model Schools for Inner Cities Five Essential Components1. Innovation in Teaching/Learning and in School Structure2. Support Services To Meet The Social, Emotional and Physical Well Being of Students3. School As The Heart Of The Community4. Research, Review and Evaluation of Students and Programs5. Commitment To Share Successful Practice
  5. 5. Innovation in Teaching and Learning “In a culturally responsive classroom, effective teaching and learning occur in a culturally supported, learner- centered context, whereby the strengths students bring to school are identified, nurtured, and utilized to promote student achievement.” http://www.nccrest.org/Briefs/Diversity_ Brief.pdf
  6. 6. Support Services to meet the Social, Emotional and Physical Well-being of Students PFLCs– 18 month check-up Healthy Child Screening Healthy and nutritious food Harnessing local resources Partnerships with CDI, EYET, TPH Opportunities for enhanced learning and recreational experiences The establishment of Pediatric Clinics in our schools
  7. 7. School as the Heart of the Community Joyce Epstein’s Six Types of Involvement• Parenting• Communicating• Volunteering• Learning at Home• Decision Making• Collaborating with the Community
  8. 8. Learning as We Go/Grow: How Do We Know What’s Working? Research Tracking of Achievement School Engagement Social, emotional Family Background/ Data Absenteeism Well-being and CAT 4,EQAO,Report Tardiness Resiliency- Grade 5 Experiences Card, DRA, CASI, Special Ed, Etc Suspension Survey, EDI 2008 Parent Census Health School Community School Perceptions External Reviews by Process Data And CultureVision and Hearing Staff surveys Student, Staff and Visiting Consultants Screening On-line surveys Parent Surveys External Research Overall Tracking of OISE Model School Summer School York University Team Surveys Students
  9. 9. A Typical Week at GWTOP 10 REASONS TO COME TO GW THIS WEEK... 1.  Adult ESL [Collaborating]2.  The Gender Respect Project – English/Cantonese/Bengali [Parenting]3. Tour our Danish Visitors [Volunteering]4. School Council And Action Team for Partnerships [Decision Making/Communicating]5.  Play Leaders [Volunteering]6.  Visit the Clinic for Flu Shots [Collaborating]7. CPAC Meeting [Decision Making/Collaborating]8.  Visit the Parenting Centre [Parenting/Collaborating/Learning at Home]9.  Visit the Parent Resource Drop-In Centre [Parenting/Collaborating]10. Morning Meal Program and Lunch Program [Volunteering] Coming up soon... Diwali Tea with Principal [Communicating]
  10. 10. Parent Workshops [Parenting]
  11. 11. Parents Share Information with the School [Communicating] Through “Tea with the Principal,” Faith Celebrations, and Community Walks, groups of parents have provided information about their home culture, faith celebrations, and aspects of our local community.
  12. 12. Volunteer Training [Volunteering]
  13. 13. Supporting the Social, Emotional, and Physical Needs of Children [Volunteering]
  14. 14. Open Houses/Muffin Mornings [Learning at Home]
  15. 15. School Council andAction Team for Partnerships [Decision Making]
  16. 16. Parent Academy[Decision Making/Collaborating]
  17. 17. Community Partners Get Involved [Collaborating with Community]
  18. 18. Everyone Learns at George Webster [Collaborating with Community]

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