2013-2014 continued to be a year of progress and change at Dakota Collegiate. There were significant advances made around our divisional priorities Academic Success, Engagement, and Citizenship.
1) Creating programs to enhance student success is one of the hallmarks of Dakota Collegiate. The following programs are offered to enhance the success of all of our students:
- English as an Additional Language: A number of classes were created to support our new Canadian students and our International Students.
- Advance Placement Courses: A number of enrichment classes in the sciences were offered to prepare students for a university environment.
- ECHO: Grade nine core classes were implemented to enrich both aboriginal and non-aboriginal students
- Hub Program: Instruction and pacing of various core courses were customized to address the specific learning needs of some of our students.
2) Professional Learning Communities afforded the opportunities for teachers to explore innovative pedagogies, discuss the implementation of technology, or have professionals work in a cross-departmental manner. These new ideas and practices will further enhance student success.
3) Digital Learning Environment had progressed remarkably as students were now accessing websites to strengthen their understanding, working on collaborative documents, and were given immediate assessment on the successful completion of tasks.
1) As mentioned previously, the Digital Learning Environment is highly engaging to our youth. By applying 21st century skills and inquiry based learning, it shifts the focus from the teacher to the students, which is highly engaging. Not only is this the way that they communicate, it is also the way that they research and creatively express their understanding.
It should be noted that in the Tell Them From Me survey, our students scored a rate of engagement that was nearly twice the rate of the national average of engagement.
2) Inclusion was identified as another way to engage our students.
Events that took place this year included pep rallies, a presentation by Coach Carter, and Lancer Days.
3) In addition, our sports teams, intramurals, musical theatre, pep band, chess club, cyberdefence team, we expect our student to provide leadership through student council. There is a place for everyone to belong at Dakota.
1) Student ownership: Our student leaders are remarkable in that they have led many activities and groups this year. Examples include our Spirit Week activities, Hamper Project, Operation Donation, Relay for Life, Pennies From Heaven, the Gender Sexuality Alliance, and WE Day, just to name a few.
2) Community Connections: Our students are inexorably tied to our community. They are constantly looking for ways to give back. Our students have been leaders in Habitat for Humanity, Youth Encouraging Sustainability, Youth In Philanthropy, Dakota Seniors' Evening, 30 Hour Famine, Day of Pink, and many other events that connected us to our community.