The three-day professional development session planned for the beginning of the school year is the outcome of respectful and pro-active collaboration established by the Haida Education Council, the school board and the school district’s Haida education division, according to a press release from the district.
The Skidegate Band Council, the Queen Charlotte District Teachers’ Association and the school board are working together to create the three-day training session, which will be offered to all teachers and support staff on Sept. 6, 7 and 8.
This means students will only attend school for one day in the first week of the year – Tuesday, Sept. 5. They then return to school on Monday, Sept. 11.
Holding a three-day pro-d session right at the beginning of the year is a first for the district, and the advantage of this schedule is that teachers and staff can implement what they learn for the entire school year.
According to the district’s press release, the workshop “prepares K-12 administrators and teachers, as well as support staff, to use the community building process of Tribes as the foundation for transforming the school community environment to one in which teaching methods are effective in reaching and teaching students for today’s world.”
The district offered a huge howa to the Skidegate Band Council for its major financial contribution to this project, to the district professional development committee for contributing time and resources to organize the event, and to the teachers for agreeing to participate. The district says it is very fortunate to have such high caliber trainers from around North America come to Haida Gwaii.
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