Ecole Glenmore Elementary has been a part of the Glenmore community for nearly 70 years and has continued to change to reflect the Ministry of Education curriculum redesign and the growing city of Kelowna. For these reasons, our current campus includes buildings that were a part of two smaller schools and six portable classrooms to create one of the largest elementary schools in the province. There are both English and French Immersion streams at Glenmore and a large staff of dedicated educators and support staff, many who are former students or parents. Our GME community goal is to treat others the way we would like to be treated, with dignity, purpose and options.
We believe that learning is ongoing, messy and the key to making the world a better place. Our community and our world has changed significantly and so has our GME learning story. Our hope is for members of our community to have an inquiry mindset, to turn problems into questions of how to innovate to nurture a community of learning.
We have been shifting our thinking and focus on creating learning environments in response to current international educational research. The research tells us that to be most effective, learning environments should: make learning and engagement central, ensure that learning is social and often collaborative, be highly attuned to learner motivations and emotions, be acutely sensitive to individual differences, be demanding for each learner but without excessive overload, use assessments consistent with learning aims with strong emphasis on formative feedback, promote horizontal connectedness across activities and subjects, in and out of school. (OECD 7 Principles of Learning, 2013)
This is the third year of BC curriculum and assessment implementation and the journey will continue. At Glenmore, educators began the research into the change well before implementation was provincial legislation.
Along the way in the past few years we have had some key influencers in shifting our thinking and pedagogy to prepare our students for the present and the future that we know involves rapid change. Glenmore worked shoulder to shoulder with Dr. Latta from UBCO on a research project which built our understandings and actions on inquiry as educators. Our Indigenous Advocates and Department have been instrumental in building our understandings and confidence in implementing provincial curriculum with indigenous perspectives. Our School District Early Learning Team has been working with all of our teachers to use research based common literacy teaching and assessment practices because we know that literacy skills are foundational to all other life-long learning. We are all learners, working together and with support from one another and inviting others when we need more specific learning.
Implementation of change takes time. We believe that learning for our staff needs to be collaborative and embedded. Each year, creative structures provide time for our educators to learn together, such as lunch and learns, collaborative inquiry time release while students engage in other learning with staff, summer professional learning days, and working together with district and provincial teams.
Please share in our learning journey by looking at our Inquiry Process and Learning Plan.
*Please note that we are currently updating and changing our Learning Plan and some sections are under construction.