Our District received the Alberta School Board Association’s Award for Innovation and Excellence on Sunday, November 18th! The program that we nominated was the Personal Pathways Program.
Please take a moment to read about the program if you are not familiar with it.
The Personal Pathways Program is one that is very near and dear to our hearts, because it is a shining example of the steps that our District is taking to reach our dream: that every one of our students graduates from high school. We all know that there are students who struggle to be successful in a traditional classroom or school setting, and if we want them to engage in their learning in a meaningful way, then we need to meet them where they are. The Personal Pathways Program is an excellent example of what happens when community partners, in this case the City of Edmonton, join with us to support vulnerable children and youth.
Community Recreation Centres are authentic community hubs, where incredible alternative learning environments exist. These sites can help students grow their skills to better support their transition into the real world.
A recreation centre provides multiple opportunities for physical literacy and diverse learning experiences with embedded supports as well as potential work experience opportunities. Within these meaningful opportunities, social skills and social responsibility can also be developed.
Personal Pathways includes individualized learning, with a maximum of 15 students in a program. It supports students who might need a detour from the regular program for a short or longer period of time, might need a different approach to access learning or have become disengaged in their learning in a traditional school setting.
In fact, it is so successful that we have other Boards in our metro area who are willing to sponsor placement for their students and transport them into the city.
Congratulations to Assistant Superintendent Corine Gannon and her team for the creation of this innovative program! Thank you to our Board of Trustees for recognizing the significance of this program and nominating it for the Award!