17 Sep. 2015
First Nation, Metis, Inuit (FNMI) Graduation Coaches will assist with leading and implementing programs, services and other supports to meet the unique needs of First Nation, Metis & Inuit (FNMI) students and their families, with a focus on student success and graduation. These will include, but are not limited to:
1. Getting to know the students and facilitating engagement
- Provide friendship, guidance and support for students as they move through secondary school.
- Assist with providing a learner centered environment and mentoring students in order to see further success within and outside of secondary school.
- Assisting students with staying connected to the school and remaining in school from grade 9 through graduation.
- Supporting students with transitions from high school to post-secondary school or the workforce.
- Exposing students to career opportunities and supporting their pursuits.
- Facilitating the development of leadership opportunities for FNMI students including credit-bearing programs such as mentoring, peer tutoring, participation in leadership programs, extracurricular activities and other pathway-related programs
2. Creating and enhancing a welcoming supportive space
- Assist in the operation of a supportive space with access to resources that provide a sense of belonging and security for First Nation, Metis and Inuit students, building relationships with students and community members.
- Supporting students in identifying their personal interests, strengths, needs and aspirations- using this knowledge to facilitating access to academic support and career planning.
3. Building close supportive relationships with students, families and communities
- Facilitating communications with staff, families and caregivers
- Encouraging and supporting dialogue between the parents, school and student.
- Assisting with the planning and implementation of parental engagement activities.
- Conducting home and community visits and sharing information with staff to facilitate improved student success.
4. Acting as an advocate for First Nation, Metis and Inuit students within the Circle of Caring Adults (i.e., school staff, parents, FNMI officials/communities and outside agencies)
- As a member of the school team, play a crucial role in assisting all staff to improve achievement and graduation success for FNMI students attending secondary school.Facilitating access to tutoring, in-class/out-class supports, course planning and mentorship for students.
- This includes participating in collaborative inquiry sessions as a member of the Four Directions Core Team to assist in engaging the students in their learning
- Collaborating with school staff, parents, FNMI officials and outside agencies to foster success for students.
Four Directions, the First Nation, Metis, Inuit Graduation Coach Program Model was first implemented within the Keewatin Patricia District School Board (KPDSB) at Dryden High School in June of 2014 in anticipation of the 2014-15 school year. KPDSB, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Education, has expanded Four Directions to include Beaver Brae Secondary School, Red Lake District High School, and Sioux North High School.
Four Directions has partnered with the Northwestern Health Unit to add First Nation Metis and Inuit Student Support Navigators at both DHS and BBSS for the 2018/2019 School year.