First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Professional Learning involves a collective endeavour to navigate what success and support looks like when finding ways to include First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives and content in all aspects of educational programming.

This Process Resources webpage provides tools and templates that reflect that collective journey and guide you through a professional learning process.

This process supports the goals of Learning to Be, Learning to Know, Learning to Do, and Learning to Relate and culminates in the design and implementation of a professional learning plan.

Use the features on this webpage to build capacity in the six steps of a professional learning process.

Currently, success in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education is fundamentally measured by high school graduation rates for self-identified Indigenous students. A focus on the achievement gap reflects the notion that the problem lies with self-identified First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, when the underlying issue is educator capacity to create a relational space to bring Indigenous perspectives and content to all aspects of educational programming. The deficit lies within the realm of educator and system capacity, not with an identified demographic of students.

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The research and design of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Professional Learning Project has been informed by Dr. Allan Luke’s extensive research in Indigenous education. The most significant impact of his work has been the influence on ensuring the project follows a strength-based approach as opposed to deficit-model thinking in relation to Indigenous education.

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Through the reporting and planning process tools and templates provided for this project, participants are contributing to a qualitative narrative approach to identifying success and achievement in professional growth. This has been a fundamental feature of the project, intended to create alignment between the goals of professional learning and the means educators have to report achievement and share wise practices with one another.

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Using an inquiry-based design for the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Professional Learning Project has allowed regional perspectives to be heard within a provincial context. The guiding inquiry questions that focus each of the project pillar’s goals also encourage participants to engage in critical thinking about their professional learning.

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First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Professional Learning Process

Essential Conditions: A Guide to Support Implementation informs the professional learning process developed for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Professional Learning through supports for:

  • Creation of a shared vision
  • Development of leadership through mentorship roles
  • Research-based implementation approaches and self-assessment processes
  • The selection of resources that support implementation
  • Teacher professional growth and time for professional learning activities
  • Engagement of community members

 

Supports for the Six Professional Learning Process Steps

Use the arrows or click on each circle in the slider below to identify the focus of, and resources for, each step of the professional learning process. This circle slider also identifies Google Docs specific to each of the six steps that guide the development of a professional learning plan.

The process has been designed so it can serve an individual educator, cohort, school community, or used to plan professional learning for an entire school authority.

Step One
Step Two
Step Three
Step Four
Step Five
Step Six

Step One: Focus on Vision and Goals

Learn about the goals, principles, and processes of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Professional Learning process.

Use the Planning Tool and Reporting Tool Google Docs to establish a vision and identify your goals.

Start to develop a professional learning plan, using the Google Docs template provided for the Professional Learning Plan.

Step Two: Focus on Success

Explore the competencies associated with the goal for each pillar, as well as interrelated attributes, skills, and understandings that support each goal.

Use the Google Docs template for the Indicators of Success Tool as your project resource for this step.

Step Three: Focus on Current Professional Learning Activities

Create an inventory of relevant professional learning activities in which you have participated and their impact on student learning.

Use the Google Docs template for the Indicators of Success Tool to assess how your current professional learning activities support the goal for each pillar.

Use the Google Docs template for the Self-Assessment Tool to situate yourself on a continuum of learning.

Step Four: Focus on Leadership and Mentorship

Identify areas in which you can provide mentorship, resources, and expertise to support other educators.

Summarize your areas of strength using the the Google Docs template for the Self-Assessment Tool: Summary of Areas of Strength. Consult this summary to identify sources of mentorship and leadership opportunities.

Step Five: Focus on Building Capacity

Assess your competency with the goals of the four pillars. Use this self-assessment to identify key focus areas in which you will build capacity for professional learning and growth. These areas can support competencies in the Teaching Quality Standard or School Leader Standard.

Use the Google Docs template for the Self-Assessment Tool: Summary of Areas of Focus to identify your key focus areas and goals.

 

Step Six: Focus on Planning

Focus on the development of your Professional Learning Plan.

Use the Professional Learning Plan and Learning Roadmap Google Docs to identify strategic pathways and actions for implementation.

Consult the resources and supports on each of the four pillar webpages. Use the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Professional Learning Project Moodle links on the Learning to Do pillar webpage to access curriculum-specific resources.