A positive personal and cultural identity is the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of all the facets that contribute to a healthy sense of oneself. It includes awareness and understanding of one’s family background, heritage(s), language(s), beliefs, and perspectives in a pluralistic society. Students who have a positive personal and cultural identity value their personal and…

Two music videos, Hide & Seek and Show Us The Way, centre on young Indigenous people embracing and acknowledging Indigenous heritage and feature 22 Indigenous students, representing 19 Nations from Surrey Schools. Student-written lyrics along with compelling visuals shed light on some of the challenges facing Indigenous youth in an urban setting. Through the…

The thoughtful crafting of meaningful experiences and the use of digital portfolios to capture and share student learning and progress “open the doors” of the classroom to parents and shift the ownership of learning from teachers, to shared ownership between students, parents, and teacher. Meaningful samples of student progress take many forms and encourage learning …

Teachers throughout the Surrey School District are thoughtful designers of learning, creating opportunities for the activation and development of core competencies such as critical and creative thinking, communication, resilience and perseverance through group problem-solving activity. Special thanks to Erma Stephenson Teacher-Librarian, Lori Ingles and Teacher-Librarian Helping Teacher, Lynne Powell for sharing this learning story about…