By Melissa Campeau
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The College Council met in December 2016 and approved the development of two new Additional Qualifications to be added to the Ontario Teacher Qualification Regulation.
The nationwide Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative is a charitable foundation established by former prime minister Paul Martin and his family, with a mission to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous youth. The initiative identified the need for Additional Qualifications in the two areas, outlined above, and approached the College. In response, the College facilitated a conversation between the Martin initiative and the provincial Ministry of Education.
Guidelines for these AQs are currently being developed by educators who are members of First Nations’ communities.
The result of those discussions is two new AQs that will explore multiple dimensions of school leadership in First Nations schools. The content for both qualifications explores similar themes but with different points of emphasis. First Nations’ School Leaders Program: Supporting Indigenous Learning and Holistic Well-Being will explore leadership in the service of learning and well-being. First Nations’ School Leader Program: Leadership will focus on general theories and practices of leadership in First Nations schools.
Guidelines for these AQs are currently being developed by educators who are members of First Nations’ communities and in positions of leadership in First Nations’ schools.