The SAIL program came out of the rebranding of the previous Surrey Connect program. Things weren't as good as they could be with Surrey Connect and SAIL was designed to change that.
In case you are wondering SAIL is a FREE PUBLIC school program which welcomes students from all over the lower mainland. This means you do not have to live in Surrey to attend SAIL.
At ISTE I focussed the presentation on the fact that with SAIL we are trying hard to put structures in place for successful student learning. You need to understand that some of my students were losing patience with their neighbourhood schools for one reason or another. Some of the structures we've put in place include valuing student choice and voice AND using child centered reflective teaching practices. From the slides below you can see that I spoke about some of the ways we value student voice and choice. I don't think it's so much that we are doing something innovative, but more so that we are open to letting our students have more voice and choice.
What I believe has been some key successes of this program is that we have engaged learners whose anxiety has decreased and there is increased empathy in all situations. It's really quite wonderful.
So that is just a little snapshot of the SAIL program. If you're curious to learn more about SAIL please be sure to check out the website https://sailacademy.ca/programs/steam-k7/. There is a great video on the k-7 page that I think you might enjoy.