Criteria for Successful Practices

A successful practice is any legislation, policy, research, initiative, project, strategy, program, or procedure that reflects the foundational Indigenous global principles established by Indspire and meets criteria adopted and validated through a community-defined process including the following:

  • demonstrates reliably that objectives have been achieved  through formal quantitative/qualitative evaluations or assessments;
  • offers a different approach to achieve its objective effectively and efficiently on a more sustainable basis;

Some examples of the K-12 Successful Practices that can be submitted are:

  • creating infrastructures to support formal learning (governance, legislation, policy, funding)
  • learning opportunities for professional staff
  • learning opportunities for parents and community
  • partnerships fostering positive relationships between families/community and school, and working together to support the learning process of children and youth
  • nurturing a welcoming and supportive school climate
  • fostering high regard and positive relationships between teachers and students
  • setting high expectations for learning behavior and achievement
  • responsive practices for planning and monitoring or progress and success in schools.

1 Bell, Donnalee and Elaine O’Reilly (2008). Making Bridges Visible: An Inventory of Innovative, Effective or Promising Canadian School-to-Work Transition Practices, Programs and Policies. Work and Learning Knowledge Centre: Ottawa, Canada. 231pages. (p.10)