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First Nation and Metis Education
The Avonlea Museum is providing tours for10 classes fromour division in hopes to revitalize the Avonlea Dirt Hills. Thetours will involve going to First Nations Ceremonial groundsand to a Man Efﬁgy site.
This partnership with Prairie Southhas been developed over the past several years and offersstudents a wonderful experience in recognizing the richhistory and heritage of First Nations and Metis peoples inour region.David Bouchard has a new series of books from PearsonCanada called Turtle Island Voices.Turtle Island Voices is a NEW, levelled, Canadian readingseries focusing on Aboriginal cultures, and heritage atgrades 1-2-3. (10 titles per grade)The books are a mix of traditional, modern, andinformational stories, and represent Aboriginal cultures fromall across Canada.
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Our move to more consistent, accurate and meaningful grades to help support learning has been focused onseparating student achievement from student behaviour. Next year we would like to move from the Awareness(idea) stage to the Exploration (action) stage in our schools. Support is available from administrators andconsultants for teachers who need a hand in making sense of these changes, so please don’t hesitate to ask.Over the past few weeks, quite a few discussions took place at our larger high schools about culminatingevaluations. We discussed a variety of issues including schedules, optional strategies for evaluation, weighting,accreditation and the need for “ﬁnals”. A variety of opinions were expressed that will help our school divisionmove toward a more consistent practice across our high schools. For next year, we hope to bring subject andgrade-alike teachers together to arrive at consensus decisions concerning the weighting of outcomes, units andthe culminating evaluation. As well, we hope to initiate discussion at the Awareness stage about optionalstrategies for culminating evaluations.
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