Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

The SD60 Framework for Enhancing Student Learning is our guide for creating the district and school improvement plans. This framework reflects a commitment to our parents and education partners to work together to continuously improve learning for each student. It reflects local and provincial input and is aligned with the BC Ministry of Education Framework.

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning 2021-2025 – Goals

  • Goal 1:  Increase Dogwood Completion Rates
  • Goal 2:  Increase Student Social/Emotional Competency
  • Goal 3:  Enhance Student Options Through Diverse Learning Experiences in Career Education
  • Goal 4:  Support Student Achievement Through a Systemic Learning Support Model
  • Goal 5:  Expand Early Learning and Child Care

For more information on our FESL goals, objectives, and strategies, please see the linked reports below.

FESL 2021-2025 (2023 update)

2023 Enhancing Student Learning Report to the Ministry of Education and Child Care


All our students will graduate, crossing the stage with dignity and grace.

Dream Statement / Vision

We are a community of learners striving together to build success for all. We have a safe, healthy and welcoming environment. Staff and students connect through caring and laughter.

All members of our learning community are valued and respected. Cultural differences are honoured. We all belong.

We nurture body, mind and spirit and believe in finding the beauty in every human being.

We provide a variety of learning environments, both in and outside of the classroom and through the integration of technology. With the help of our community partners, we involve students in authentic learning experiences.

Students discover and pursue their interests and strengths. They are actively engaged and are willing to step outside their comfort zone in order to challenge their learning.

We are excited about our learning. We take time to share our stories and celebrate success. We are proud to see students become more confident in their skills and abilities, open to on-going learning, and prepared to make a difference in our world.


The five core ethical values seen as most important to guide our daily lives include:

  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Honesty
  • Responsibility
  • Relationships

Values In Dane-zaa

  • Respect- Dane ęjíínúúnaleh
  • You have Compassion -Tsʼúúnayéh
  • Honesty – lhǫʔeh
  • Responsibility (from ‘you pack it’) -Dááhwǫ́ghelh
  • Relationship. (they are together) – Ęhtah we̱s̱ʔǫh.

Thank you to the Doig River First Nation Language team for the translation.


Together We Learn
Ęhtaah je̱najęh. (You are learning together)

Glossary of Terms

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)The term used to describe an ongoing improvement plan for schools, the district and the Province of British Columbia.
DogwoodHigh School graduation diploma / certificate
EvergreenAn alternative graduation pathway with an emphasis on vocational/life skills.
Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIIE)A voluntary, inquiry-based network of schools in BC that collaborate around specific questions related to improving student success.
Work Experience (WEX)Part of an educational program that provides a student with an opportunity to participate in, observe and learn about specific tasks and responsibilities related to a career.
Youth Work in Trades (WRK)The program consists of two grade-level curricula, four separate courses and student training plans, and four work placements. Through participation in WRK, school-age students can earn up to 16 graduation credits and 480 work-based training hours required for provincially and nationally recognized industry trades credentials.
Coaching & Collaboration GrantsFunds and resources available to teachers in SD60 for the purposes of receiving coaching support and collaborating with colleagues on a specific intervention or program for student success.
TAG systemTeacher Advisory Group system used at some middle schools whereby groups of students meet regularly with an advisor teacher who supports them in their overall school experience.
Assess SystemA locally-stored web-based system to record and track student achievement including report card marks, Individual Education Plans (IEPs), District literacy and numeracy assessments, behaviour referrals, transition plans, etc.
Math Assessment & Practice (MAP)A tool for instruction and assessment in numeracy that allows students and staff to approach numeracy from multiple perspectives.
Thinking ClassroomsA professional development initiative in SD60 where groups of teachers are working with a consultant to design classroom spaces and lessons to facilitate problem-solving skills.
MathologyA professional development initiative in SD60 where groups of teachers are working with a consultant to design classroom spaces and lessons to facilitate problem-solving skills.
5 or 6-year Grad Completion RateThe number of years it takes a student to graduate from high school once they begin grade 8. The Completion Rate looks at successful Dogwood graduation.
Reading FluencyThe pace and accuracy with a student can read the words of a text.
Reading ComprehensionThe ability to comprehend the written text - as measured by comprehension questions given to the student.
Individual Education Plan (IEP)A personalized learning plan for the student that can involve different assessments and educational goals
Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA)A provincial assessment for literacy and numeracy in grades 4 and 7.
CASEL FrameworkCASEL’s SEL framework fosters knowledge, skills, and attitudes across five areas of competence and multiple key settings to establish equitable learning environments that advance students’ learning and development. The five areas are self-awareness, responsible decision making, relationship skills, social awareness, and self-management.
SELSocial Emotional Learning
Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI)An assessment through a voluntary survey by grade 7 students to determine patterns of vulnerability in that age group.
Pro-DProfessional Development carried out by teachers, support staff and administrators.
ADSTApplied Design, Skills and Technologies: A component of the BC curriculum with a focus on hands-on learning activities.
EAEducational Assistant - staff member
Enhancement Agreement - agreement with local Indigenous stakeholders on enhancing outcomes for Indigenous Students
LEALocal Education Agreements - contracts between the Board and local First Nations for provision of education and improving outcomes for First Nations students.