Research on multicultural groups including Black, Hispanic, First Nation, and ESL suggests that standards based reforms, large scale assessments, implementation of standards based reforms are unfair (Volante, 2008). We run into problems when the big data is always used to prove what works in education, for instance, why we need Librarians, more standardized texts for... Continue Reading →

Walking the Good Path in Life: Digital Citizenship and The Seven Grandfather Teachings

From a First Nations perspective, you ‘Walk the Good Path’ when you demonstrate The Seven Grandfather Teachings. When you live your best life, you demonstrate Truth, Love, Humility, Courage, Honesty, Respect, & Bravery. Now, this is true in our physical worlds, as it is in our virtual and digital worlds. We all have a responsibility to help... Continue Reading →

Professional Inquiry to Improve Practice in Education

It can be very daunting and challenging to make real changes in our practices as educators.  One way that we can do this is to actively engage in the process of Inquiry. Inquiry is a creative endeavor where teachers do not have to be the ‘experts’. The answers are not necessarily in a textbook, yet... Continue Reading →

FNMI, eLearning and Culturally Relevant Education

https://flic.kr/p/jS3h The FNMI populations across North America are incredibly diverse, both linguistically and culturally. With literally hundreds of different First Nations and Aboriginal populations, we are faced with many challenges with regards to how we can adequately preserve Indigenous knowledge and ways of living within Canada. In our Western world, standardized, results-based practices, measurement, and... Continue Reading →

13 Strategies to Promote Equity and Diversity in the Classroom For First Nations, Metis & Inuit Students

The FNMI populations across North America are incredibly diverse, both linguistically and culturally. With literally hundreds of different First Nations and Aboriginal populations, we are faced with many challenges with regards to how we can adequately preserve Indigenous knowledge and ways of living within Canada. Indigenous populations are also the fastest growing populations in Canada.... Continue Reading →

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Education for First Nations, Metis, & Inuit Students

Embedding culturally-relevant pedagogy into teaching can help students to: build self-esteem, understanding, and tolerance between individuals, classrooms, and greater community; increase open and acceptable communication among and between students, staff, admin, parents, and community; build respect, aid in collaboration, and allows for integrated and differentiated teaching approaches that benefit all diverse cultural backgrounds and special needs for... Continue Reading →

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