Education in Canada is a success story. Our public schools are among the best in the world. Thanks to extraordinary teachers, Canadian students regularly out-perform their peers in most developed countries.
But, in Canada, high overall quality masks deep inequality. On First Nations reserves, 3 in 5 do not complete high school. In rural and remote communities, the drop-out rate is double the national average. Schools in small communities face challenges in recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers, particularly in math, science, and languages. And, too often, new teachers arrive in rural, remote, and indigenous communities without the preparation and support they need to succeed—and stay—in the classroom.
Teach For Canada's vision is to make education more equal by helping schools in rural, remote, and indigenous communities recruit, prepare, and retain outstanding educators.
First, we will recruit and select exceptional Bachelor of Education graduates and educators from across the country. These Teach For Canada Fellows will join us in the summer before they begin teaching for an intensive, community-focused preparation program, designed and led by education experts, master teachers, school and community leaders, and elders. Teach For Canada Fellows will study the histories and cultures of the communities in which they will serve. Once they begin teaching, local mentors and master teachers will provide our Fellows with constant support to ensure that they continue to succeed in the classroom.
Teach For Canada has begun to work with indigenous and education leaders to shape our approach. We have refined our plans, and we will continue to do so. Please don't hesitate to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas, questions, or comments.
The core values of Teach For Canada will lay the foundation for the entire program.