Indigenous Education Speaker Series: Exploring First Nations-Defined Student Benchmarks with Deanna Matthews

Teach For Canada’s Indigenous Education Speaker Series brings experts, educators, and Knowledge Keepers together to share wise practices for incorporating Indigenous content in the classroom.

Join us for our second session of 2021-2022: Exploring First Nations-Defined Student Benchmarks with Deanna Matthews.

Benchmarks aligned with community goals for education can assist teachers in supporting student success in a culturally-responsive manner. This session will explore how to determine First Nations-defined benchmarks, incorporate them into a teaching practice throughout the school year, and integrate different assessment tools when working with First Nations students. The session will emphasize planning at the start of the school year or term, and explore how benchmark data can be tracked to advance student outcomes.

As Anishinaabekwe mixed settler, Deanna is a member of Sachigo Lake First Nation in northern Ontario, and grew up in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, AB). She is the Director of Impact and Learning at Teach For Canada, having received her Bachelor of Education from Western University. Concurrently a SSHRC Doctoral Scholar, Deanna is studying First Nations education governance. Often having her feet ‘in two different canoes’ – one eager to advance Indigenous policy in Canada, and another striving to center Indigenous methodologies and experiences in research and practice – she brings an interdisciplinary perspective to her work with Impact and Learning.

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We are excited for you to join us in learning from Deanna’s wisdom and experience!


January 19, 2022

4:30PM - 6:00PM CDT (5:30PM - 7:00PM EDT)

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