School District 8 (Kootenay Lake) is nestled in the Southeast corner of British Columbia. We are a vibrant area, covering 6 "families of schools" in the centers of Creston, Crawford Bay, Kaslo/Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, and the Slocan Valley. Our area is beautiful, vibrant, a fantastic place to raise children, has a world-renowned Arts and Entertainment community, and easily accesses a variety of amazing outdoor pursuits.
Our FOCUS.LEARN.EXCEL philosophy and our Learning Goals of: Literacy, Numeracy, Indigenization and Inclusion guide our practice with our students. Our learners and our staff are further guided by our Board of Education's Student Expectations of: Academic Success, Creativity and Imagination, Citizenship, and Resiliency. We focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.
School District 8 (Kootenay Lake) has a posting for 1.0 FTE Term Indigenization Coordinator. This position is District based and includes travel to all families of schools.
This is a specialized position in SD8, disseminating and supporting best practices for Indigenization K-12, keeping Aboriginal student success at the learning center of this work. This position supports a district wide action plan aligned with Truth and Reconciliation – Calls to Action in Education, Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement, and Provincial standards for support Aboriginal student success.
Essential Aspects of this position
• Respond to ABED district goals and district Enhancement Agreement
• Develop an ABED district Wrap Around Program for at-risk Aboriginal youth providing appropriate supports/plan for students using a cultural model (maximum 4 per year)
• Facilitate Aboriginal Youth Leadership councils in each secondary/middle school
o Partner with schools (Aboriginal success teachers, BAA course instructors, student council sponsors, etc.)
o Engage youth in an ongoing discussion for feedback on Enhancement Agreement goals
o Facilitate youth driven leadership events and opportunities (pow wow, youth conference, orange t-shirt day, National Aboriginal day)
• Develop “role model” programs
o Facilitate District wide role model poster project
o Maintain an “alumni” club for SD8 graduates – where are they now? What helped them be successful? What can they offer to future students?
• Liaise with partnering institutions in the K-16 education system
o Continue to build meaningful partnerships and collaborations
• Provide cultural support for Indigenization of student meetings, when requested
• Maintain and build relationships with and work alongside community service providers
o Maintain a current community resource package and referral information for staff
i.e. “For support with XX, try this path xx…”
• Develop and implement family empowerment opportunities for Aboriginal parents
• Monitor and track student interactions and supports through district tracking system – as per Ministry ABED funding requirements
• Help facilitate and develop professional development opportunities for staff
o Blanket Exercise
o Provide “lunch and learn” opportunities for staff or staff meeting outreach
o Support staff self-care initiatives
• Maintain a list of knowledge keepers and Elders available for support to district
• Engage with local nations and build/maintain meaningful partnerships
• Support the development and implementation of the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement
o Community/staff consultations
o Annual checkups – “where are we at?”
o Aligning work of district to vision/goals of EA
• Grant writing for additional programming funds
• Facilitates and supports the AEACEC
• Masters degree in Educational Leadership, Counselling or related field
• Background, education, and experience in counselling and social work from an Indigenous lens
• Extensive Knowledge of Aboriginal ways of knowing
• Knowledge of K-12 school system
• Ability to work in a team and independently
• Strong ability to build relationships with youth and families
• Extensive knowledge of BC’s Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement
• Strong organization skills, leadership skills, project management
For questions please contact District Principal for Aboriginal Education, Gail Higginbottom at firstname.lastname@example.org or Homelinks Principal, Rob Simpson at email@example.com and/or Principal of Wildflower School, Sacha.Kalabis@sd8.bc.ca.
While we thank all applicants for their application, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
School District 8 supports equity hiring for Indigenous applicants.
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