October 27, 2016—A two-day gathering of individuals who lead Indigenous Education in school boards across the province is taking place on November 1 and 2, 2016.
Organizer Troy Maracle, Curriculum Coordinator, says it is about sharing and celebrating.
“The idea of the gathering came after I realized that as Board leads, we seldom got to meet. This event builds our knowledge through collaborating and sharing best practices and accomplishments,” said Maracle.
Two-day provincial gathering for Indigenous Education leads
DATE: November 1 and 2, 2016
LOCATION: Royal York Hotel, Toronto
Keynote speakers include:
- Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse who will speak about Student Success and Well-Being
- Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair who will speaking about What Does Reconciliation Look Like?
Participants will include approximately 160 Indigenous Education leads from 71 Ontario school boards, including 12 French school boards. Trustees, directors of education, superintendents and various partners Indigenous advisory groups from across the province will also be there.
Facilitated break-out sessions will focus on various Indigenous Education topics.
Background on the Indigenous Education leads
The Indigenous Education leads in each school board play a critical role in building capacity for effective instructional and leadership practices to enhance student literacy and numeracy skills. They provide supports to reduce gaps in engagement and achievement by promoting the integration of Indigenous cultures, histories and perspectives throughout the curriculum, and engaging families and communities in the education of their children.
Indigenous Education leads have developed extensive knowledge, while creating deep relationships within the Indigenous communities. They have created an abundance of informed implementation strategies that have positively affected the success of all students. They have also helped to enhance a deeper appreciation of contemporary and traditional cultures, issues and hopes of Indigenous students and communities.
This is the fourth time Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has hosted this event.