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
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.
• Hold unconditional positive regard for all students at all times.
• Ensure students clearly understand the learning outcomes and what mastery of each looks like.
• 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.
• 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
• 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