First Nations Student Success Program
The FNSSP was designed to address students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 attending schools on their respective First Nation communities. The proposal must focus on these 3 areas: literacy, numeracy and retention. In May 2010, INAC informed TCEF that the proposal for $1.77 million had been approved for the 3 year project and the funding would flow once BCR’s from each of the 6 member First Nations had been received.
The Project title: “Holistically Building Nations Through Strength-Based Education”
1. Project Manager
- The Project Manager will be responsible for the overall implementation and delivery of the First Nations Student Success Program. Leading a professional team consisting of a Full-time Literacy Coordinator, Success Coach and Half-time Numeracy Coach, the Project Manager will ensure the proper program delivery a focus on improving student achievement and retention rates.
2. Literacy Development
- The Literacy Coordinator works directly with the teachers and students of our 6 Tribal Region’s First Nation schools. Teachers learn new assessment and instructional strategies that engage students in the learning process. Teachers are supported by the Literacy Coordinator through professional development opportunities, grade-alike meetings and by planning and assisting teachers in implementing effective instructional practices.
3. Numeracy Development
- The Numeracy Coach works directly with the teachers and students of our 6 Tribal Region’s First Nation schools. Teachers learn new assessment and instructional strategies that will engage students in the learning process of mathematics. Teachers are also supported by the Numeracy Coach through professional development opportunities, grade-alike meetings and by planning and assisting teachers in implementing effective instructional practices.
4. Development and Implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
- Research has demonstrated that the most effective means of school improvement is through the practice of high-performing Professional Learning Communities
- Teacher Assistants, teachers, and school administrators who work together as a PLC with a focus on improving student achievement make informed educational decisions/plans based on the collection and analysis of relevant data
- Each school administrator will be responsible for the establishment and monitoring of ongoing effective Professional Learning Communities in his/her community school
- Student success starts with good attendance and a personal involvement in the learning process
- Many of our junior high students disengage from the learning process for a variety of reasons but with successful interventions, these students can become recommitted to the education system
- The Heroes Program along with the Resiliency Initiatives Program can combine to be a powerful influence in each of our junior high students’ lives
- Focusing on building strengths, these programs will teach students the importance of character development, self-respect, self-dignity and personal growth
- As each student learns their strengths and their own personal value, they begin to accept responsibility for their actions and behaviours, making better choices in all aspects of their lives.
The TCEF Board of Directors and its Education Director firmly believe that the combination of the above 4 areas will improve student success throughout the Tribal Region, ultimately increasing critical measurable factors such as student achievement, attendance, and high school graduation rates.