Successful Practices : Showcasing Strategies that Work

Title: Coach/Mentor Model

Category: School-based Strategy

Community: Saulteaux First Nation, West Moberly First Nation plus 3 urban communities: Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, and Tumbler Ridge B.C

Indigenous Language Group: Cree, Ojibway, Athabaskan

Region: Northern, Remote

Source/School/Education Facility: School District #59

Grade: Grades K-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-12

Contact Information
Lead: Kathy Sawchuk, Director of Instruction
Phone Number: 250.784.5535
Address: 11600-7 St Dawson, BC V1G 4R8

Summary Description:

The Coach/Mentor model focuses on the role of the Coach/Mentor teacher and a collaborative process that places Aboriginal student achievement at the forefront. The Coach/Mentor engages with the student, parent and teacher to develop goals and monitor the achievement of the goals throughout the year. The Coach/Mentor also works with the classroom teacher to develop classroom profiles and instructional plans highlighting the needs of Aboriginal learners from a strengths-based approach to inform a Relationship Based Learning context. The Coach/Mentor collaborates with the classroom teacher throughout the year to support student achievement working towards a systemic change. Relationship Based Learning consists of: Caring for the student and his/her learning, high expectations, rejecting deficit theorizing, pedagogical content knowledge and power sharing.


Graduations rates continue to steadily improve, this last year SD59 had its highest ever grad rate for Aboriginal students. Using data such as report cards, attendance, student & parent voice narratives, graduation rates & reading assessments, help determine that more Aboriginal students are achieving.

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