Apple Distinguished School (2021-2023)
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We are Connect
Connect Charter School is an inclusive 4-9 Public Charter School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We strive to create learning that utilizes inquiry, is scaffolded with technology, and that is experiential, place-based, and outdoor in its natures.
Our Program at a Glance
Through a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, and caring relationships, and through a lens of decolonization, we nurture thriving classrooms where students and teachers explore and develop a deep understanding as active researchers. We engage students in meaningful, real life learning in a variety of learning environments. Our work focuses on creating developing students with a creative spirit and ethical citizenship. We provide environmental, outdoor, and global education learning opportunities to foster an appreciation of the world outside the classroom with a goal in developing social, leadership, and stewardship skills.
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Learning is built around our charter goals and our Exemplary Teaching and Learning Frameworks within the context of Alberta’s K-12 Curriculum. Students learn to become exemplary digital citizens through purposeful integration and practices related to our Empowered Use Policy.
In the 2019-2020 school year. Connect Charter implemented a locally-developed course called Creative Technology, focused on building capacity in digital citizenship, computational thinking, and elements of digital art and design.
In addition to our regular programming, learners at Connect have opportunities to lead and grow in and through technology. For example, in Student Tech Club, students helped to deploy classmate’s devices, support our help desk, and help to grow our capacity in “real-world” testing for devices and apps.
Partners in Place has been a years-long and integrated partnership between the Tsuut’ina Nation Education Department, Mount Royal University, and Connect Charter School. In the 2019-2020 school year, the project received a $105,000 grant from the Calgary Foundation to build “Social Problem Solving through Design Thinking”. This was a collaborative and shared class between students in Grade 8 and 9 at both Tsuut’ina Nation and Connect Charter School who were tasked with building solutions to social problems in both communities focused around bullying, mental health, and anxiety. The program developed capacity for students to use Design Thinking and Computational Thinking strategies, and students were empowered with equitable access to technology (expanding the one-to-one technology to our partner class).
In the 2020-2021 school year, our board established a committee to connect with alumni, industry, staff and parents to refine and define our vision around technology for learning as To provide students with the emerging technology resources and learning opportunities that focus on the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to prepare them to be Exemplary Digital Citizens.
This vision is realized through currency in teaching practices (strong professional development), our Creative Technology course including a 4-9 scope and sequence, and the application of inquiry and experiential education model to connect with experts
Connect Charter School is excited about the recent acquisition of our new Kananaskis Outdoor Learning Facility which will allow our program – and those of other groups looking to use the space – to thrive in the outdoor, environmental, and place-based education space.
Our 2021+ professional development goals have been informed by internal data collection including the Apple Learning Technology Survey suggest that staff are looking for additional supports for complex learners, and for new ways for students to become content creators and problem solvers using their technology.