School Learning Plan

Each year, Sea to Sky Learning Connections engages with students, parents, staff and the community on the ongoing development of our School Learning Plan.

Click HERE to access the interactive SSLC School Learning Plan Website (under construction)

See below for the Sea to Sky Learning Connections School Learning Plan *Draft Version 2.0*  (Updated January 2017)

Theories of Action

The following Theories of Action are overarching, and are for all schools and programs operated under Sea to Sky Learning Connections.  

  1. If we differentiate instruction, then all students will demonstrate growth in functional oral, written and visual communication. (LEARN)

  2. If we use attachment-based strategies, then all students will demonstrate growth in their state of mental, physical, and social health and wellness. (LEARN)

  3. If we have authentic, relevant and purposeful instruction, then all students will demonstrate growth in critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and contribution. (COLLABORATE, CONTRIBUTE, CREATE AND INNOVATE, THINK CRITICALLY)

Program or school specific Theories of Action:  Each program/school is developing more specific Theories for their unique contexts.  Please note these are still under development.

Aya7ayulh Chet (Cultural Journeys)

  1. If we use instructional strategies that focus on social and emotional learning, then students will feel connected and have a more positive sense of self, others and a desire to contribute
  2. If we use purposeful and repeated experiences that encourage different ways of knowing a natural place, then students will feel more connected (person-place) and this will contribute to an understanding of self/identity

Learning Expeditions

  1. If we teach the process of critique then students will be collaborative and reflective
  2. If we explore essential questions in an authentic way then students will be critical thinkers.

Sea to Sky Alternative 

  1. If we use attachment based approaches and strategies then students will demonstrate improved levels of wellness
  2. If we use effective differentiated instruction strategies then students will demonstrate functional communication skills
  3. If we use authentic and purposeful learning strategies, then students will demonstrate critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and innovation, and contribution

Sea to Sky Online School

  1. If students set their own learning goals/targets, then they will develop accountability and organization as independent learners
  2. If we teach the transferability of digital/tech/communication skills, then they will learn to apply said transferable skills.


Process for determining area of student learning of most concern

We are in the beginning stages of building our comprehensive SSLC School Learning Plan.  In past years, we have built separate School Learning Plans for Sea to Sky Alternative School (mostly focused on Day Program in Squamish) and Stawamus School.  Starting late last year, we began the process of building one comprehensive plan that includes all of our schools and programs.  We have taken a variety of steps, but are this year trying to sharpen our SLP process by using a “Spirals of Inquiry” like approach. (See attached draft document showing Spirals Process.)

Our current step of focus in the spiral is building a rich and meaningful data set that speaks to our school’s current status and particularly informs the effectiveness of our Theories of Action and associated strategies.  


SLP Action timeline 2016-2018

Spring 2016: New School Learning Plan Committee formed.  Built survey looking at desired outcomes for parents. Staff discussed desired results for our students.  Staff started learning about and playing with building Theories of Action.

Fall 2016: Survey for parents administered on desired outcomes for their child. Staff built/refined Theories of Action for their unique contexts.  Staff also began data conversation.

Winter 2017: Continue building a more complete data dashboard.  Build systems for collection of data and analysis of data.  Consultation process continues on desired outcomes.

Spring 2017: Revise Theories of Action based on more complete data set.  School Learning Plan for upcoming years finalized and distributed.  

Fall 2017: School Learning Plan promoted, actions taken, results collected, recorded and analysed.

Winter 2018: School Learning Plan reviewed and adjusted for following school year.