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Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Portfolio

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Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board  EBP Journey

In 2016, Québec’s nine English school boards generously shared their stories with the EBP project about how they implemented evidence-based practices in their schools. In doing so, they hoped that the experience and knowledge gained as well as the support they received could illuminate and inform others embarking on a similar journey. 

Whereas important aspects of these stories have been captured on video , the story here provides a fuller picture of a complex work in progress and reflects how local conditions, constraints and challenges, such as the school board’s mission, the size of its territory and demographic make-up, factor into making this school board’s implementation journey unique.


The Partnership Agreement Effect: Building Change at SWLSB

The schools in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board (SWLSB) have been changing their practices over the last seven years by focusing more on data, developing evidence-based approaches, adopting new and innovative ways of examining results, advancing coaching techniques, and systematically tracking the success of students in schools and centres.  A lot has been learned along the way. In interviews with Tina Korb and Geoffrey Hipps, Director and Assistant Director of Educational Services respectively, we learn how data–driven instruction and the coaching model is being implemented, and how school teams are accessing, understanding, and using data to better identify needs and to flag students at-risk of dropping out.

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Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board EBP Journey Timeline (2008 to present) 

Each school board has its own story when it comes to the adoption of evidence-based practice. While the approach and structure may vary from one school board to another, the common element between all boards is that evidence-based practice is a long-term endeavour which offers viable results.


    • 2018 ● Lead Data Team Seminar # 26

      Connecting Professional Development to Student Success: Are We Making a Difference? Building an Action Research Plan:The third and final seminar for this year focuses on building a concrete action plan and considering the details of their data collection in order to answer the question of impact of PD on teacher practices and student outcomes. 

    • 2018 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #25

      Gap & Goal: Action Research: This second seminar of the year is aimed at further developing members’ plans for their action research projects by exploring Thomas Guskey’s model of evaluation and considering the importance of and means to evaluating professional learning for teachers to ensure that it is having an impact on student learning and improving outcomes.

    • 2018 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #24

      Developing the Rational: Action Research: By making a connection between professional learning & student success in the first of this year’s seminars, participants further develop their rationale for carrying out action research on the impact of professional development.


    • 2017 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #23

      Bringing it all together: reviewing the year’s learning, planning action research projects to be led by each participant in their school boards, and creating Special Interest Groups (SIGs), while asking ‘will it work for me?’.


    • 2017 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #22

      How Much Does it cost? - in developing a deeper and more critical understanding of how to evaluate research, participants ask ‘how much does it cost?’ and ‘is it worthwhile?’



    • 2016-2017 ●

      Third year of implementation of STAY-Students thrive all year - a systematic attempt to target potential student leavers. This year the focus was on training identified SAGE (Support, Advocate, Guide, Enrich) mentors with follow up support. Over 100 teachers, support staff, and administrators received formal mentor training.

    • Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board EBP Journey (2016)

      Tina Korb, Director of Educational Services and Geoff Hipps, Assistant Director of Educational Services

    • 2016 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #21

      The focus is How Does it Work?

    • 2016 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #20

      This begins a series of seminars in a one year cycle examining research and research based strategies.  The focus, for the first session is, Does it Work?


    • 2016 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #19

      Setting the Scene: Participants begin to establish a knowledge base for accessing research and becoming familiar with the available research in education.

    • 2016 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #18

      Focused on Response to Intervention (RTI) frameworks-that of Dr. Mary Howard and that was presented by Solution Tree.

    • 2014-2016 ● Ongoing professional development for Principals

      The Board implements a three-year project where principals receive coaching training from Megan Webster. The aim is to have them work collaboratively with the consultants to improve teaching practices by knowing what to look for during classroom observations, give feedback for improvement to teachers where there are identified needs, and to be able to suggest high leverage teaching practices. 

    • 2014-2016 ● Launch of school-based data team pilot projects

      Pilot data teams form in two elementary schools. Consultants provide ongoing support and a special budget is approved for release time. 

    • 2014-2016 ● Ongoing data process support to schools

      Consultants provide ongoing critical support to schools in each of the subject areas and develop a variety of results reports. Consultants guide data teams as they examine data and develop their own evidence-based practices. They work side-by-side with teachers in classrooms, evaluate their needs and develop resource tools.

    • 2014-2016 ● Ongoing professional development for consultants

      Consultants receive development training from Megan Webster over a yearlong period, with a four-day training session with Robyn Jackson the following year.  

    • 2015-2016 ● Ongoing Dropout Prevention Plan monitoring

      PLCs continue to monitor at-risk students. DPP Teacher-Mentors are given release time for ongoing mentorship training and support.

    • 2015-2016 ● Academic Consolidation

      Consultants met with teachers on site, and during their free periods. A focus of each meeting was to develop teachers’ understanding of formative assessment in order to properly monitor student progress.

    • 2015 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #17

      Data Types: The overall goal for participants is to have brought all their learning (data types, research, coaching for data literacy) together and made links to their roles in supporting data teams in schools.

    • 2015 ● LDT Seminar: Special edition

      Learning For Us: Formative Assessment - This year’s final Seminar aims to familiarise participants with topics related to Formative Assessment.

    • 2015 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #15

      Visible Learning: A Catharsis: participants learn about key concepts in Visible Learning and consider its application in schools.


    • 2014-2015 ● Ongoing research on student support strategies and resources

      Research continues on identifying appropriate strategies and resources for student support programs.

    • 2014-2015 ● Select educators become student mentors

      Up to 20 select teachers across the board act as student mentors and are provided with two days of release for student meetings. They attend four formal half-day meetings.

    • 2014-2015 ● Implementation of school-based PLCs - secondary

      As per the Dropout Prevention Plan, school-based PLCs form to monitor “at-risk” Secondary 3 students. 

    • 2014 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #14

      Visible Learning & School Culture: Participants gain a deeper understanding of  what resistance to change in schools looks like and explore school culture in more depth, before moving towards finding solutions.

    • 2014 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #13

      Establishing and Monitoring PLCs: Know Thy Impact: Preparing members to establish a Professional Learning Community (PLC) in each of Quebec’s english schools as well as ‘learning for us’.


    • 2014 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #12

    • 2013-2014 ● Creation of digital monitoring tool

      The PLC designs and produces a user-friendly online tool that uses a custom-made LUMIX dashboard for schools to flag students at risk according to the chosen indicators.

    • 2013-2014 ● Initiation of Dropout Prevention Plan

      SWLSB initiates a Dropout Prevention Plan (DPP) to support at-risk students through school-based interventions. 

    • 2013-2014 ● Identification of key at-risk indicators for dropping out

      From this research, the PLC identifies three key at-risk student indicators for dropout: rate of absenteeism, failure in two or more of the core subject areas, and number of disciplinary referrals. This stems a board-wide review to establish a baseline for at-risk students.

    • 2013-2014 ● Multi-disciplinary PLC established

      The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board (SWLSB) establishes a multi-disciplinary Professional Learning Community (PLC) of pedagogical consultants and guidance counsellors alongside EBP Project Leader Geneviève Legaré to analyze the broader subject of dropout and explore solutions to combat it.

    • 2013 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #11

    • 2013 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #10

    • 2013 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #9

    • 2009-2012 ● Training on Data Wise Model for Principals and educators

      Educators and administrators receive training on the Data Wise model,

    • 2009-2012 ● Training on Data Wise Model for consultants

      Geoff Hipps shares his newly acquired knowledge with the entire Education Services Department (ESD) and trains them on the data process. 

    • 2009-2012 ● First EBP Lead Data Team established

      Geoff Hipps, at the time an English Language Arts consultant, joins the first EBP Lead Data Team, is trained in the Data Wise Model and eventually becomes a certified trainer for the data team process (Data Wise Coach Certification).

    • 2012 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #8

    • 2012 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #7

    • 2012 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #6

    • 2011 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #5

    • 2011 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #4

    • 2011 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #3

    • 2010 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #2

    • 2010 ● Lead Data Team Seminar #1

      The Lead Data Team (LDT) is launched. Evidence-based Practice Project (EBP) team members recruited.
    • 2008 ● Introduction of Bill 88

      Partnership Agreements between school boards and the Ministry of Education are signed, committing schools and boards to specific success rate targets.