Network for Teachers Who Are New to First Nation Schools
10 November 2022
The First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association are pleased to announce a ten-session network opportunity designed for teachers who are working in a First Nation school for the first time.
These sessions will focus on a new draft resource: A GUIDE FOR TEACHERS WHO ARE NEW TO FIRST NATION SCHOOLS IN BC: Context for Considering Teachers’ Important Contributions to First Nation Schools. Network sessions will take place approximately every two weeks and will allow interested participants an opportunity to review sections of the handbook, reflect on their experience and practice, as well as develop long lasting relationships with other teachers. Each session will cover a different topic that specifically relates to teachers working in First Nation schools.
Participants will be expected to make a commitment to all of the ten sessions. Links for all meetings will be shared after your registration is approved.
Each session will take place from 3:30-4:30pm on the following dates:
November 22, 2022 Meeting 1 – Introduction to the Network
December 6, 2022 Meeting 2 – What To Know About First Nation Schools in BC
January 10, 2023 Meeting 3 – Integrating First Nations Content into the Learning Environment
January 24, 2023 Meeting 4 – Governance
February 7, 2023 Meeting 5 – Family Engagement
February 21, 2023 Meeting 6 – School Climate
March 7, 2023 Meeting 7 – Working With EAs
April 4, 2023 Meeting 8 – Attendance
April 18, 2023 Meeting 9 – Supports Available To Help
May 2, 2023 Meeting 10 – Review
To register, please click on the following button.
Once your registration has been approved, you will receive a calendar invitation for all ten sessions which will include the Zoom link. For detailed information on each session, please see the following.
Darryl Ashdown at firstname.lastname@example.org and Keri Blacker at email@example.com
New Teacher Network Sessions – Meeting Details
Meeting 1 – Introduction to the Network
In this session, we will introduce the new handbook, and outline the framework for the New Teacher Network initiative. Participants will have the opportunity to get to know each other.
Meeting 2 – What To Know About First Nation Schools in BC
In this session, we will discuss an overview of what is good to know when working in a First Nation school. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences.
Meeting 3 – Integrating First Nations Content into the Learning Environment
In this session, participants will reflect on how they incorporate the Nations’ values, traditions and perspectives into teaching materials, resources, lessons, and approaches.
Meeting 4 – Governance
In this session, we will focus on governance. Understanding how the school is governed may help you navigate expectations for educators in the community you serve.
Meeting 5 – Family Engagement
In this session, we will focus on parental and family engagement. Participants will share strategies to build and maintain relationships with parents and families, how to encourage involvement, and how to utilize parent or family skills, talents, and/or knowledge in the classroom.
Meeting 6 – School Climate
In this session, participants will engage in a discussion about school climate. Teachers play an important role in the development and maintenance of positive school climate. Participants will have the opportunity to share and ask questions.
Meeting 7 – Working With EAs
In this session, we will review many aspects of working with EAs (Educational Assistants) and their important role in classrooms and schools.
Meeting 8 – Attendance
In this session, participants will look at what the research says and what can be done to encourage attendance for all age levels. We will look at some specific suggestions and share strategies that are proven to be successful.
Meeting 9 – Supports Available To Help
In this session, we will discuss the many supports available to teachers in First Nations schools.
Meeting 10 – Review
In this session, we will review the previous network sessions and identify questions or topics for further exploration in the New Teacher Network. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback to inform next steps in the New Teacher Network.