17 Sep. 2015
The Graduation Coach Program entitled Four Directions was implemented at Dryden High School in June of 2014 in anticipation of the 2014-15 school year and focuses on First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) students. The goals of the Graduation Coach Program are to: increase the graduation of high school FNMI students; increase retention of high school FNMI students; and to increase the transition of FNMI students from elementary school to high school.
The role of the Graduation Coach is to provide mentoring and guidance to FNMI students attending Dryden High School to ensure they are provided with a nurturing and safe environment that supports them as they find a sense of competence and achievement. Responsibilities include: helping students plan their high school courses; career planning and goal setting; easing transition concerns; tutoring; building a sense of community; promoting school engagement; advocating for students; developing leadership skills; fostering parent engagement; and linking students with community resources. The Graduation Coach also communicates with parents/guardians on a regular basis to ensure that they are kept up to date on any attendance/behavior concerns, recommended supports/interventions and most importantly successes and achievements of individual students.
At this time the Graduation Coach will be focusing on three cohorts of students who have self-identified as First Nation/Metis/Inuit who are beginning Grade 9, 10 and 11 in September of 2016. The Graduation Coach will be meeting individually with students/families throughout the spring/summer of 2016 to build relationships so that families and students feel comfortable with the transition to Dryden High School and have all questions answered before the beginning of the school year—always helps to have a familiar face!
In this position the Graduation Coach will also work with students transitioning to Dryden High School from elementary schools within the community; this includes both public and separate schools. Transition activities may include but are not limited to high school prep classes; transition retreats; high school open house and tours; summer transitions programs; reach ahead credits; and orientations and welcoming events.
This initiative is also complementary to many of the existing programs at Dryden High School and will increase the network of support for FNMI students.
It is an exciting time and we are eager to support and build upon the development of our program and foster the success of our FNMI students!
If you have any questions about Four Directions, or require additional information please do not hesitate to contact Kieran directly at your earliest convenience by phone at (807) 223-2316 ext. 119 (work); or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.