MFNERC COVID-19 Academic Support Solutions

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MFNERC COVID-19 Academic Support Solutions

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) has developed a comprehensive solution to supporting schools, teachers, and students for Essential Learning while away from the classroom. Essential Learning will provide strong support to academic learning based on a Foundation of Languages and Cultures.

Essential Learning Packages will provide tools to ensure students achieve learning outcomes away from the classroom through lesson plans with learning activities, assignments, and quizzes. MFNERC has leveraged its digital learning environment, Bright-space, to create a customized digital learning environment for MFNERC member schools and teachers as a central access point for all support materials.

Within this digital learning environment, member teachers and principals will have access to Essential Learning Packages for students, Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate (WVC) courses, instructional resources, and professional development.

Academic Support Solutions for Teachers and Students

MFNERC has assembled Academic Support Solutions each school team can immediately use for remote classroom instruction, from print-ready packages to complete virtual classrooms. MFNERC Member teachers will be able to:

The first step to gaining access to these Academic Support Solutions is registering your teachers and students into the WVC Brightspace digital learning environment. 

Each learning solution has a Registration Package to help direct teachers and students, and MFNERC staff will contact principals and aid in registering school staff and students.

Once teachers are registered, we can begin to support specific goals to continue essential learning.  

See the solution information packages below for more details.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact:

Howard Burston 

Email: hburston@mfnerc.com

Director of Operations / Acting Director of Languages and Cultures

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc.


Phone: 204-594-1290 ext 2010


OPTION 1: Print Ready Essential Learning Packages

Register Nursery-8 teachers to access online bi-weekly packages and supporting material

MFNERC will support Nursery-Grade 8 school staff by providing grade-specific Essential Learning Packages (ELP) to continue learning away from the classroom. 

These print-ready ELPs are two full weeks of planned learning activities that will allow a teacher and caregiver to support learning away from the classroom. 

MFNERC has created ELPs to ensure learning activities are based on a foundation of Languages and Cultures and that these packages deliver learning outcomes for students.

MFNERC has created Languages and Cultures teams to collaborate with local teachers to develop a common Essential Learning Package. The ELP learning activities integrate with the First Nations Curriculum Framework outcomes, and the Manitoba Education Learning Outcomes as learning standards.

MFNERC will provide each registered teacher access to WVC’s digital learning environment to download the ELPs and additional supports. Teachers can add content to the Word document version and customize it to the Essential Learning Package to suit their needs.

Publishing Schedule

The packages will be uploaded every two weeks for schools to use in the digital learning environment, at home, virtual class-rooms, or school classrooms.

How to Register

Submit an ELP registration request to: support@wapaskwa.ca


OPTION 2: Online High School 

Register Grades 9-12 students into Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate 

MFNERC will support Grade 9 – 12 school staff by facilitating the enrolment of students in Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate (WVC). WVC, a fully accredited high school, can provide students with access to 38 different online courses.

Join WVC virtual classrooms with skilled and experienced online classroom educators. Wapaskwa has over a decade of experience creating fun, interactive online learning environments for students. 

Courses for Students – Fall 2020 Semester 

How to Register 

To register online, go to:  www.wapaskwa.ca


OPTION 3: Online Existing Courses for 9-12 Teachers School

Register teachers to gain access to teach WVC courses

MFNERC will support Grade 9 – 12 school staff by providing access to WVC courses to support their students. 

Teachers can choose to teach existing Wapaskwa Virtual Collegiate Courses, and they can also enhance and customize these courses with their own original content.

The WVC digital learning environment, Brightspace has the following online learning tools available to teachers and students:

  • Quizzes, Attendance, Discussions, Assignment Dropboxes, Surveys and Video Assignments
  • Online classroom with video conferencing with Webcam and screen share
  • Built-in email tool that facilitates group emails and chats

Within the online classroom, teachers and students can log in for regular class time and schedule meetings.

Existing Courses for 9 – 12 Teachers

How to Register  

Submit a course registration request to: support@wapaskwa.ca


OPTION 4: Empty Online Course Shells for Teachers 

Register teachers to create and teach online courses 

MFNERC will support school staff by providing access to WVC empty online course shells to support their students. 

Teachers can choose to populate the course shells with their own course content and customize the learning experience for their students. Teachers implementing empty course shells are responsible for the creation and publishing of the course content. 

The WVC digital learning environment, Brightspace has the following online learning tools available to teachers and students: 

  • Quizzes, attendance, discussions, assignment dropboxes, surveys and video assignments 
  • Online classroom with video conferencing with webcam and screen share 
  • Built-in email tool that facilitates group emails and chats 

Within the online classroom, teachers and students can log in for regular class time and schedule create meetings. 

How to Register 

Submit a shell registration request to: support@wapaskwa.ca