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 students 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 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 teachers succeed in remote and indigenous communities.
First, we will recruit and select exceptional Bachelor of Education graduates and educators from across the country. These Teach For Canada teachers 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. Among many other topics, Teach For Canada teachers will study the histories and cultures of the communities in which they will serve, and they will learn decolonizing and anti-racist pedagogies that can be used in the classroom. Once they begin teaching, local mentors and master teachers will provide our teachers with constant support to ensure that they continue to succeed in the classroom and community.
Teach For Canada has been working with indigenous and education leaders to shape our approach. Our plans have evolved, and they will continue to do so. More information will be available when our website receives a major update in early 2015, but please don't hesitate to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or comments in the interim.
The core values of Teach For Canada will lay the foundation for the entire program.