A desire for collaboration, co-creation and partnership with communities fuel our Advisory Council.
Teach For Canada’s core values–humility, respect, collaboration, integrity, and learning–represent a desire for collaboration, co-creation, and partnership with First Nations. To this end, an Advisory Council composed of community members has been established to provide community-driven advisory capacity to the organization.
Teach For Canada is in the early stages of its lifespan and while the strategic priorities are set by its Board of Directors, the Advisory Council helps to ensure that the work of Teach For Canada is driven by First Nation community partners. Furthermore, the Advisory Council and the space that is created for community-driven ideas allows for the co-creation of programs and activities at the earliest stages, as well as a forum to give feedback on Teach For Canada’s teacher recruitment, preparation, and support programs.
In January 2019 the Advisory Council gathered in Winnipeg for the seventh biannual meeting. 31 representatives from 14 of our First Nations partners provided staff with feedback and guidance. In addition to program updates, topics of discussion included:
- Feedback on the current criteria used to select teachers
- Potential topics and presenters for the Summer Enrichment Program
- Reviewing criteria for an active partnership between First Nations and Teach For Canada
- Research on impact and whether Teach For Canada should pursue building research capacity in First Nations
- Community representatives sharing about school events, initiatives, insights, and best practices