Teacher Professional Development

Book a half day (three hours) or a full day (six hours). Engage with authentic resources, discuss equity and inclusion as it applies to the study of Aboriginal peoples, explore new teaching methods and strategies, build capacity in culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy, explore alternative forms of assessment and evaluation, and make connections between your own life and the histories, perspectives, and experiences of Aboriginal peoples. Dragonfly can visit one school/staff team or work with groups of educators from a family of schools, school board, or teachers’ union.

Workshops are delivered using collaborative, inquiry-based instructional strategies and a mixture of small-group activities and large-group discussion. Dragonfly researches your school, school community, and board to customize delivery. All sessions include a Q&A and take-home materials.

You may mix and match any combination of the choices below within your half-day or full-day booking. Dragonfly will also custom design sessions at no extra cost. Teacher professional development sessions may be combined with student sessions. Click on the + sign for full session description.

Best Practices in Aboriginal Education

Educators will examine key concepts relating to the infusion of Aboriginal perspectives into the curriculum, including accuracy, authenticity, cultural diversity, Eurocentrism, terminology, and the use of visual images and written resources, as well as indigenous knowledge-based approaches to teaching and learning.

Evaluating Classroom and Library Resources

Educators will consider the difficulties involved in evaluating resources from the perspective of cultural outsider, how to determine whether a lesson plan or suggested activity conforms to best practices in Aboriginal education, and how to spot cultural appropriation and stereotypes in various resources.

Reconciliation at the School-Community Level

Educators will examine pre- and post-contact Aboriginal history (including the Proclamation of 1763, the Two-Row Wampum, treaties, and the Indian Act), discuss the connections between colonialism and contemporary challenges in Aboriginal communities, deconstruct myths and stereotypes, and explore how schools can create environments that take into account the experiences, perspectives, and needs of Aboriginal peoples.

Indian Givers: How Aboriginal Peoples Transformed the World

Educators will consider how the cultural, social, and political practices of Aboriginal peoples in the Americas made crucial contributions to contemporary democracy, government, medicine, agriculture, architecture, and ecology.

Building Leadership Capacity

This session for Aboriginal educators will explore how colonialism has affected Aboriginal peoples and communities, what it means to work within our own traumatized communities, how to negotiate conflicting identities (community member and teacher), and how to create an holistic practice that encourages transformation of self and community.

 

Want something you don’t see here? Contact Dragonfly to discuss your needs and how we can help.

For a rate card and to book, contact info@dragonflycanada.ca.

 

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