Following Their Voices

WHAT: Following Their Voices is an initiative designed to raise the educational achievement and participation of Saskatchewan's First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. 

HOW: Following Their Voices focuses on enhancing relationships between students and teachers, creating structures and supports for teachers and school administrators to co-construct teaching and learning interactions with students and creating safe, well-managed learning environments. ​

WHO: Following Their Voices is a priority in the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP). The ESSP was developed by the education sector consisting of First Nation directors of education, provincial directors of education, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Education. ​

 

​​School Based Facilitator: Krista Gubbe

 

Guiding Vision

​Education that promotes accelerated learning for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students where learning is joyful, culture is affirmed and students are given real choice for their future.​

 

Themes

Relationships

• Hold unconditional positive regard for all students at all times. 

• Ensure students clearly understand the learning outcomes and what mastery of each looks like. 

Interactions 

• Engaging in teaching and learning interactions that are responsive to students interests and needs. 

• Using a range of strategic discursive teaching strategies to promote accelerated growth. 

Environment 

• Create contexts where students have opportunities and feel safe to take risks in their learning. 

• Create secure, well-managed learning environments.​

 

U and I

Understanding that education that is relational and culturally responsive demonstrates: 

• A focus on responding from within areas of influence 

• A commitment to continuous learning, unlearning and re-learning 

• A change in practice that accelerates achievement for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students learning as First Nations, Métis and Inuit students​

 

Indicators: 

• Caring for and believing in First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and their cultures 

• Having high expectations that Métis, Inuit and First Nations students are self-determining, can participate and can achieve 

• Creating secure, well-managed learning environments 

• Engaging in teaching and learning interactions that are responsive to student interests and needs 

• Using a range of strategies to promote accelerated growth 

• Using evidence from Métis, First Nations and Inuit student outcomes for critical reflection and for identifying strategic actions that promote accelerated growth​