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Resilient Schools Network
Sharing and Learning for Everyone to Succeed
In the winter of 2018, many of our partner schools expressed struggles with attendance – more than usual for that time of year. At the same time, we heard schools trying innovative ideas to improve attendance and an interest in creating a network of First Nations school leaders from around Alberta to share ideas and offer support around attendance and other school-related topics.
In response, we began hosting a monthly call for anyone from First Nations schools to call in and share ideas, both around attendance issues and more generally. The calls take place first thing in the morning on the first Wednesday of each month to allow participants to call in on their way to school or as soon as they arrive, before the chaos of the school day begins.
Topics are nominated by attendees and have included:
- Strategies to improve attendance
- Strategies to improve student sense of belonging at school
- Engaging parents and families in First Nations school communities
- Celebrating successes and planning for wellness during school breaks/summer holidays
Because we work across Treaties 6, 7 and 8, we hear a lot of amazing ideas and creative solutions to shared problems. We share these ideas across our partner schools, but felt it was important for these schools to have an opportunity to connect directly and strengthen their own relationships. The Resilient Schools Network allows school staff and community members to access support from similar districts in distant parts of the province (some are as far as 2,000km from one another) - that may face similar challenges and benefit from shared solutions.
The Network is open to any school leaders in First Nations schools – superintendents, principals, teachers, Elders, EAs and anyone else from the communities that can share insight or would benefit from being part of a wider network.