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
Email: kathy_sawchuk@sd59.bc.ca
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.

Outcomes:

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.

Web Links:
https://www.sd59.bc.ca/