Applying Foundational Knowledge to Support Teaching Quality Standards (TQS 5)
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Applying Foundational Knowledge to Support Teaching Quality Standards (TQS 5)
Presented by: Donna Ross, Denise Peterson & Angela Houle
Located at: St. Paul Centre
124-24 Ave. NE, Calgary, AB
About the Session


Are you seeking meaningful ways to incorporate Indigenous foundational knowledge and understanding into your teacher professional growth plan? Are you searching for practical ways to demonstrate your support for student achievement through practice that authentically reflects the essential need for truth and reconciliation?

This 2 hour session will support teachers and pre-service teachers in building a strong foundational knowledge that will lend itself to achieving the goals outlined in the requirements to meet the 5th competency.

This opportunity is designed for all educators and those who mentor them. Members of this learning community will learn why the Teaching Quality Standard was adapted and address the importance of incorporating Indigenous foundational knowledge into pre-service teacher education and daily teaching practice. Learn how models of teaching exemplified by such experts as Cajete (1994) and Brokenleg (2009) contribute to recognition and inclusion of Indigenous culture and tradition in curriculum in a practical manner that stands to benefit all students.

An Authentic Approach to Practice:

Educators have articulated the need to incorporate authentic strategic approaches into their classroom practice as a means to achieve the outcomes identified in the Teaching Quality Standard #5 (as related to the outcomes identified in the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action).

Participants in this session will:

  • Acquire applicable ideas for creating land acknowledgements grade appropriate to your classroom.
  • Secure multiple sources of information to inform teaching practice about oral tradition and the contributions of Indigenous peoples to science, math, medicine and literature
  • Gain insight into developing ‘hands on’ curriculum strategies across divisions that support Indigenous foundational knowledge.
  • Through utilizing news feeds (such as twitter, Instagram etc,), learn how to build pedagogy that supports reconciliation.
  • Attain access to material designed to support concept-based learning on Indigenous principles of teaching and learning.
  • Discover opportunities for ongoing culturally-based professional development opportunities in your community.
  • Learn how to incorporate assessment strategies that honor Indigenous values

This learning opportunity is being offered through a grant from Alberta Education.

About the Presenter(s)

Donna Ross is currently seconded with the Calgary Regional Consortium to provide Education for Reconciliation and Foundational Knowledge of Alberta’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. With 27 years’ experience as an Indigenous educator, Donna brings passion and also a deep knowledge of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit histories, the impact of residential schools, and the infusion of Indigenous ways of knowing into Alberta curriculum and organizational culture.

Denise Peterson is part of the Calgary Regional Consortium team on Education for Reconciliation and Foundational Knowledge of Alberta’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. Denise has been a teacher, administrator and consultant for the past 30 years.  In 2003 she worked with Siksika Education and Golden Hills School Division to open a partnership outreach school. Denise is grateful for the guidance and input she received from Elders and Knowledge Keepers and is humbled to have their encouragement to share with others to further education for reconciliation.  

Angela Houle is the Indigenous Education Consultant - Teaching and Learning for the Calgary Catholic School District. Angela has been a teacher and educational consultant for 15 years. She is passionate about making Indigenizing and decolonizing classroom practices and curricular content accessible to all teachers.

Fee: $15.00

Includes: light snacks

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