When it comes to student success, teachers matter. Whether in the classroom, community, or the outdoors, Teach For Canada teachers work alongside northern First Nations to support students. Go North with Teach For Canada!
While working in a remote setting can be challenging, the right type of teacher can thrive and make a positive difference. There are many ways to learn more about your fit with Teach For Canada:
- Attend a Teach for Canada event
- Engage with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn
- Send our team a message
Apply to teach in Fall 2019 here.
When you complete an application, you’ll receive specific dates for your selection process. Here are the general steps:
- Teach For Canada contacts applicants within 2 weeks of them completing the online application.
- Shortlisted candidates are invited for a 20-minute interview with a member of our recruitment team.
- Finalists are interviewed by leaders from northern community partners.
- The recruitment team checks references and reviews teaching evaluations.
At each stage, teacher applicants will be assessed according to our selection criteria.
Once selected, teachers sign a good-faith agreement with Teach For Canada. This agreement signifies that the teacher intends to teach in a northern First Nation through the Teach For Canada program in Fall 2019. Teachers also share their work and life preferences for the community matching process at this time. Preferences include size of community, need for day care, and extracurricular interests.
Every First Nation and teacher is unique. Our process allows them to connect directly to establish their fit, as follows:
- We provide our First Nation partners with an online database of selected teachers.
- Community leadership reviews teachers’ skills, education, interview videos, and preferences.
- First Nations reach out to teachers who they feel would fit well with their specific school and community.
- Teachers and community leaders then discuss the mutual fit. Sometimes a teacher receives offers from more than one First Nation.
- Teachers accept an offer from a First Nation.
A three-week orientation program led by Indigenous leaders, experienced northern teachers, and education experts, the Summer Enrichment Program covers various aspects of teaching in the North:
Week 1: First Nations cultures and histories
Week 2: Community, which includes meeting community members and visiting a First Nation
Week 3: Classroom, including locally/culturally responsive pedagogy
Teachers will spend 2+ years working in the North during which time they can take advantage of our teacher development program, which includes three types of supports:
Professional: Develop through a mentor, AQ reimbursements, and classroom coaching
Peer: Connect and be part of a community of Teach For Canada teachers, both virtually and in-person
Personal: Check-in through e-surveys, our visits, and care packages.
Read and watch answers to frequently asked questions about living and teaching in the North.
Many Teach For Canada teachers will stay in the classroom after their initial two-year commitment in the North. Others will return to university, get teaching positions in school boards, or pursue other interests. In either case, they will become alumni of the Teach For Canada program. We engage alumni on a regular basis to continue the movement to make education more equal.