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Monday, October 24 • 15:30 - 16:30
Supporting Inuit Teachers in Job-Embedded Professional Improvement

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Inuit teachers working in the Kativik School Board in Nunavik receive their certification through the Office of First Nations and Inuit Education at McGill. Courses are taught in Inuktitut with a McGill consulting instructor. The previous model of course delivery was an intensive 2-week face-to-face session. Participants had little time to reflect on the knowledge or skills they acquired and no opportunity to apply their learning in their practice. We wanted to address this, decrease time away from families, and provide them with technology skills they could use in their teaching and in the preservation and celebration of the Inuit language and culture.
Over the past year 2 years, the Research and Teacher Training Department at the Kativik School Board has developed blended courses that are taught face-to-face for 5 to 8 days and online over 4 to 6 weeks. This has provided the opportunity to redevelop course material from an Inuit perspective in terms of content and approach, re-examining what it means to teach and learn from an Inuit perspective. In the next phase of implementation, we are proposing research that will examine such factors as the roles of on-site instructional coaches and McGill co-instructors, and the effects of tech support offered in Inuktitut and instructional design of the courses for online delivery. We continue to explore solutions to telecommunications challenges. The model is being used to engage Student Counselors, Teacher Training Counselors, and Centre Directors. Adult and Vocational Education programs are being developed. We would like to share what we have learned with educational leaders in indigenous communities.

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avatar for Tom Fullerton

Tom Fullerton

Lecturer / Leadership Project Administrator, McGill University
Lecturer at McGill University in Media and Technology in Education. Leadership Project Administrator at McGill's Teaching and Learning Services developing a competency-based framework of professional skills for graduate students. Former Elearning Consultant with the Kativik School... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2016 15:30 - 16:30
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