RESPECT Fostering Reconciliation in the Classroom
This Indigenous-led course from IndienEYEZ and OC's Continuing Studies supports school teachers and support workers to foster cultural safety and reconciliation in the classroom. Implementing the new curriculum and the First Peoples Principles of Learning can be challenging for teachers with limited experience with Indigenous peoples and histories. This experiential training supports participants to practice tools that increase their comfort with teaching Indigenous students and topics, creating classrooms that are more inclusive and hold safe space for students to navigate challenging material and conversations. The course provides an orientation to the shared history of colonization that lies between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and familiarizes participants with key aspects of Indigenous worldviews. Teachers gain easy-to-use tools and build skills to create a classroom culture that embodies the First Peoples Principles of Learning and lays a foundation for implementing Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in their classrooms. The pedagogical approach to the training is grounded in Indigenous principles of relationship and reciprocity, creating a rich environment for learning by doing.
At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:
• Develop classroom plans that apply First Peoples Principles of Learning in the classroom
• Describe cultural safety and why it is important in the learning environment
• Recognize features of the classroom that diminish cultural safety for Indigenous students and their families
• Create a classroom environment that increases cultural safety
• Describe key features of local Indigenous worldviews connecting to individual backgrounds and knowledge.
• Develop a plan for creating the kind of classroom culture they want and demonstrate tools they will use to make this happen
Course dates run Aug. 16, 23, 26 and Sept. 13. For details, click on the button below.
Tags: Indigenization, Inside OC
July 6, 2021
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June 17, 2021
As an RV Service Technician instructor at Okanagan College, Victor Flint welcomes hundreds of new faces to the classroom each year, but none so familiar as his own daughter, Sharla, who is proudly following in his footsteps. Sharla will join nearly 300 students from various Okanagan College Trades and Apprenticeship programs who will take an important step towards their career path at the virtual Commencement ceremony tonight (Thursday, June 17). Sharla recently completed the Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Foundation program at the C...Read more...
June 3, 2021
Dr. Guessy Wang is no stranger to the graduation stage having already secured a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery. Wang will be adding a third degree to her name, graduating from Okanagan College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, an impressive feat that has propelled her to Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she will begin her search for a solution to help address dental obstacles within Canada’s northern population. Wang came to Canada from China as an international student. She attended the...Read more...
April 22, 2021
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