We began this process by reviewing the I.B. Learner Profile with a group of graduating IB Diploma students in late June 2017. These students discussed each of the ten attributes, identified the ones they felt were most important for their future and how they have grown as people and as learners in each area. The students were also asked for suggestions on what were the key attributes for all students at RHS. At various times in 2016-2017, our staff discussed our purpose as educators and what we want for each of our students when they leave our classrooms and our school. Staff again discussed, articulated and aattempted to define the competencies we want for all students and this was part of the focus of our staff retreat on September 21 and 22, 2017. Throughout the year, we worked with groups of students, staff and parents to further explore the attributes of a 21st century learner that we hope for all students. As part of the implementation on B.C.'s new curriculum, we erected District core competency posters in every classroom and in other areas of the school. We underscored the "notice, name and nurture" expectations for all staff. As a staff, we committed to supporting students' in their understanding, reflection and self-assessment of their communication, creative and critical thinking and personal and social competencies.
During the 2017-2018 year, dedicated student and staff focus groups worked on various iterations and drafts of an RHS Learner Profile. Students from the focus group visited several classes and led and facilitated conversations about our draft work. Our observations are that this is a topic/theme that students engage with readily and enjoy discussing. At the end of the year, we created a poster and invited teachers to use and post the learner profile in their classes. At the same time, a different group of staff had created a group of six posters clarifying our school's "common language" on the Ministry Core Competencies.
In 2018-2019, our work continues and we are looking to make explicit connections between the RHS Learner Profile, the IB Learner Profile and the Ministry's Core Competencies. To have any chance at being relevant and meaningful over time, students and staff must see the connections. We do not want to create a "catchy slogan" or "colourful poster" that has little meaning to learners or educators.