Promising Practices

Best Practices and Resources

In order to work on improving the graduation rate across Saskatchewan it is the goal of  the Graduation Rates Leadership Team to continue to provide resources and best practices that can be accessed via this page.

Actions to Date:

• Hosted a Grad Rate Symposium in Moose Jaw, September 2016.
• Developed a SaskGraduates brochure that introduces the ESSP Graduation Rate Priority work for 2016/17, the best practices that came from the research presented and the questions that arose from the symposium participants. Can be viewed: Here
• The SaskGraduates working team has met five times since the symposium. Despite interesting weather on travel dates, the team has had robust conversations about graduation in Saskatchewan.
• The team has developed the attributes of a “My Student First” Grade 10 Classroom based on the research presented at the Grad Rate Symposium in the fall of 2016. “My Student First” Classroom will be supported by a “My Student First School” and a “My Student First Division”.

Actions Moving Forward:

• All School Divisions will establish a Division Grad Rate Improvement Team.
• A SaskGraduates Symposium will be held in the fall of 2017 for School Division Grad Rate Improvement Teams to attend. This will be a great kick-off to school and division related work.
• Directors will receive School Based Student Reports that will be pushed out to High School Principals.
• The Leadership Team will be unveiling a website in the spring of 2017.
• Implementation resources will be developed to support the implementation of the “My Student First Classroom” in schools and school divisions across Saskatchewan.
• The Grad Rate Leadership Team will be seeking teachers and students to share feedback on the “My Student First” Grade 10 Classroom. Documents will also be vetted at the Grad Rate Symposium planned for the fall of 2017.



At the Symposium in September 2016, the Research on Graduation Rates from Paul Newton, PhD, University of Saskatchewan, was reviewed and the following Promising Practices were identified. (Dynarksi, et al,. 2008)

  • Use data systems to identify students at risk early
  • Provide Adult advocates to students at risk
  • Provide academic support and enrichment
  • Implement programs to improve students’ classroom behaviour and social skills
  • Provide personalized learning environments and individualized instruction
  • Provide rigorous and relevant instruction to better engage students in learning

For the Review of Research on Graduation Rates by Paul Newton, PhD presented at the symposium, see below.

Dr. Newton Presentation