A Note from the North
On April 16 & 17, MFNERC hosted the Northern Principals’ Roundtable in Opaskwayak Cree Nation. The theme of the meeting was “WETATOSKEMITOWIN: We Work Together to Keep our Children in School,” and the many informative presentations and activities all focused on this important goal.
Wayne Grafton, MFNERC’s Student Transition Specialist, facilitated the first morning’s activities and conducted a workshop entitled Increasing Student Success and the Student Retention Program. Wayne also showed a video recently produced by MFNERC, Dropping Out Changes Your Life. This video can be seen on our website at www.mfnerc.org/resources/student- retention-resources.
Irene Huggins, Literacy Specialist and Chun Ong, Numeracy Specialist then presented a fun and engaging workshop on Reading as Thinking. Students can take this school-initiated course as an elective and it teaches them to clearly read content in all areas of study. The ultimate goal of the course is critical literacy, which assists in all subjects, including math and science. Critical literacy gives students the ability to go beyond what the text says (literal comprehension), what the text means (inferential comprehension), and what the text does (critical comprehension). Irene Huggins reminded the principals that if they choose to add this course to their school, MFNERC Literacy Specialists will be on hand to support them with materials and expertise.
In the afternoon of the first day, the principals visited Egg Lake to study the Engaged Learners Program, an initiative of Frontier School Division.
The following day, Karen McGillvary, Principal of Joe A. Ross School gave at tour to the participants. This was followed by a tour of Oscar Lathlin Collegiate, hosted by principal Ron Constant.