The District wide Improvement Project and the ...

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Title The District wide Improvement Project and the Development of School Improvement Strategies by the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. Report to the Prince Albert Tribal Council, Education Division
Author(s) J. Timothy Goddard
Date 1991
Abstract Outcomes of the District Wide School Improvement Program (DWIP), a plan to improve Native education in Saskatchewan, are described in this paper. Initiated by the Prince Albert Tribal Council (PATC) and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB), the school improvement model is a community-based developmental model designed to sensitize schools to their cultural environment. Needs assessment surveys were mailed to 550 parents, students, teachers, staff, band councillors, and school administrators, of whom 334 responded, a 61 percent response rate. Major concerns of constituents included teacher and program evaluation, lack of communication, the student dropout rate, the low status of Cree language and culture, lack of consistent student performance expectations, support for special needs students, insufficient funding, and lack of school/community collaboration. Based on the premise that the effective school system works with its environment, program goals include upholding the right to education, establishing local/Band governance, improving academic standards, and maintaining the cultural awareness of the Cree Nation. (35 references) (LMI)

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