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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