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Innovative Approaches to Inuit Learning Webinar, Powerpoint Presentation by Jodie Lane, Education Counsellor for Nunatsiavut Government on April 18, 2013

Innovative Approaches to Inuit Learning Webinar, Powerpoint Presentation by Jodie Lane, Education Counsellor for Nunatsiavut Government on April 18, 2013

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  • Preparation is KeyThe Evolution of a SuccessfulPost Secondary StudentJodie Lane, B.A, M.Ed.PSSSP Education CounselorNunatsiavut GovernmentMakkovik, NL
  • What is the PSSSP?• Post Secondary Student SupportProgram is fully funded by theFederal Department of AboriginalAffairs and Northern Development• Began providing support in 1987/88• Started with a 25K budget whichgrew to 100K in the first year• Initial staff consisted of 1.5 full-timepositions• 45-50 students in the first year
  • History• By the late 90s, the staff had grown to threefull time positions (Administrator,Accountant, and Secretary), one contractposition (Education Counselor), and onejoint position cost shared with MemorialUniversity (Native Liaison Officer)• In July 2000, EC position was madepermanent and since then, two newpositions have been created (EducationOfficer and Financial Assistant)• Budget has grown to just over $2.1 millionannually• Now fund on average 200 students per year(approximately 160 full time and 40 parttime)• To date, 681 graduates from 837 differentprograms.• An estimated 30-50 graduates per year
  • About the PSSSP• An assistance program designed tohelp Beneficiaries of the LILCA accesspost-secondary education• Public institutions, with programsranging from transitional years,certificates, diplomas, undergraduatedegrees, masters and Ph.Ds.• Provides tuition, books, travel andliving allowance• Sister-funding agency: InuitPathways (funded through ServiceCanada and Human Resources SkillsDevelopment Canada)
  • Evolution• Started out assisting those who cameforward, ready to go to school• Large number of students were illprepared on a variety of levels:academically, socially, emotionally,financially• Resulted in high absenteeism, socialissues, poor academic performance,and financial consequences• No permanent guidance counselorpositions in our five Nunatsiavutschools• Identified the need for earlierintervention . . .
  • Early InterventionInitiatives• Education Counselor position evolvedto not just help those that cameforward, but to now promoteeducation and to recruit and preparefuture post secondary students• Introduction of Cool Ed logo• Promotional materials• Cool Ed himself• The LEARN Game• Cool Ed’s Cool Careers activity book
  • Cool Ed
  • Education andCareer Promotion• Stay in School initiatives• K-8 age specific presentations• Grade 9 presentation and beginningof career counseling profile• Grade 10-12 presentations focusingon high school course selection,graduation requirements, careerexploration, and information onfunding• Career Trips• Youth Symposiums – Career Fair• Contact with mature clientele andundereducated youth
  • Awareness• Parent Information Sessions• Grade 9 Night• Funding Information• Principal InformationSession• Radio interviews• Newsletters• Poster project
  • Poster Project
  • After they apply forfundingOnce a person applies for school andthen applies for funding, a lengthyprocess begins for the future student tohelp him/her prepare for this life-changing journey. The goal is to find abalance between guiding the studentand fostering independence from thesystem.• Preparatory workshop (in past years)• Applicant worksheet• Counseling sessions
  • Results• There have been many ups and downs interms of student achievement.• Currently we are in the midst of a trendwhereby students are becoming lessdependent on the services of the PSSSP andare leaving home more prepared• Students have had access to the ECspresentation and counseling services for 12years now and this is beginning to show• Higher attainment rate• Higher graduation rate• Very few students are removed• More students are continuing on todo a second program after graduation
  • Success Stories• Partnerships with the College of the NorthAtlantic (CNA) and Memorial University ofNewfoundland (MUN)• Aboriginal Bridging Program• Comprehensive Arts & Science (CAS)Transition and Transfer• IINAP• IBSW• Partnering with the Labrador School Boardto jointly provide better career services tostudents in Nunatsiavut• Grade 9 career trip• Parent Information session• Presentation to principals on funding
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