A Model of School Improvement within a First Nations ...

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Title A Model of School Improvement within a First Nations Environment
Author(s) J. Timothy Goddard
Date 1992
Abstract Native education has often been perceived as a low status cousin of the "regular" (that is, middle class, suburban, white) education system, and the achievement levels of Indian students have historically been low. This situation is often attributed to the past policies of many different federal governments and to a succession of poorly conceived and badly implemented school programs. The anger and distrust generated by these programs were among many reasons that led to the development of Band-controlled education systems in the early 1970s. The Lac La Ronge Indian Band operates the largest Band-controlled education system in Saskatchewan. With a membership of 5,000, of whom 25 percent are aged 9 years or younger, the Band is facing unprecedented growth in the need for educational services. A model for school improvement that involves community groups in the developmental process and identifies areas of concern has been developed and implemented. This paper describes issues relating to staff evaluation, curriculum development, student promotion, referral to resource room programs, and maintaining the cultural and linguistic uniqueness of the Cree Nation. (45 references) (LAP)

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