Indigenous Transitions
Cohort 3

Indigenous Transitions Cohort 3 Teams Page

Welcome to Cohort 3’s Indigenous Transitions Study page. Here you will find the most recent newsletters, important dates, recommended resources, and more.

For general information regarding the NOIIE Indigenous Transitions Studies, click here.

Important Note: The 2022-2023 NOIIE Transitions Inquiry Plan Submission is due December 16, 2022
*Please use the link below to access the correct Inquiry Plan form for the NOIIE Transitions teams.

SUBMIT TRANSITIONS INQUIRY PLAN

Recent News/
Important Information

Save the Date – Transitions “Kick Off” Event

Date: November 15, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 4:30pm 

We will be having a gathering with all teams and Inquiry Partners. This will be a bit of a “kick off” event for our Transitions teams where we can learn from and inspire each other, as well as share some important information for the year. An agenda will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.  

Transitions Twitter Challenge

Recently we noticed how a tweet about the Transitions inquiry was a fun way to incite curiosity, excitement, and connection. Then we thought, wouldn’t it be great if all our teams could connect through Twitter and introduce their team, and/or an aspect of their inquiry work? 

We are asking teams to join the Transitions Twitter Challenge by tweeting the following:

(1) introduce your team; 
(2) share an image that is representative of your Transitions inquiry (example: a team picture, metaphorical artefact, an activity, etc.); 
(3) use #TransitionsInquiry and #NOIIE so that we may find your tweet (or tag @noiie_bc).  

We hope to showcase some of your tweets at our next gathering. We can’t wait to see your tweets!

October 23, 2022 Newsletter

Hello Transitions Teams,  

We hope you are all having a great start to your year and have had the opportunity to meet with your teams. We are excited to hear about the team’s first meetings and their next steps for learning and action. We can’t wait to learn about your gatherings and your plans for the year. Here are a few information items and friendly reminders we’d like to share this week: 

Save the Date!  

We will be having a gathering with all teams and Inquiry Partners on Tuesday, November 15 from 3:30 to 4:30. This will be a bit of a “kick off” event for our Transitions teams where we can learn from and inspire each other, as well as share some important information for the year. An agenda will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.  

Inquiry Partner Connections 

We are so grateful to the passionate Inquiry Partners who dedicate their time and energy to this work. They have done a wonderful job of “walking alongside” transitions teams in their inquiry journeys. There have been some shifts in Inquiry Partner roles this year and some teams will be connected to another partner. We will contact teams shortly that may be impacted by these shifts.  

Inquiry Partners will be connecting with your teams soon (if they haven’t already). These connections are a great opportunity to articulate your Inquiry journey with a critical friend outside your school setting. Sometimes, these conversations are helpful to understand, as a team, if you’re on the right track and/or what your next steps could be. We hope these conversations are valuable to you and your team’s inquiry process.  

Transitions Twitter Challenge 

We were pumped to see a tweet about the next steps for a Transitions team. Thank you for sharing your excitement with us. Lori and I noticed how a tweet about the Transitions inquiry was a fun way to incite curiosity, excitement, and connection. Then we thought, wouldn’t it be great if all our teams could connect through Twitter and introduce their team, and/or an aspect of their inquiry work?  

So, we are asking teams to join the Transitions Twitter Challenge by tweeting the following:  

(1) introduce your team; 
(2) share an image that is representative of your Transitions inquiry (example: a team picture, metaphorical artefact, an activity, etc.); 
(3) use #TransitionsInquiry and #NOIIE so that we may find your tweet (or tag @noiie_bc).   

We hope to showcase some of your tweets at our next gathering. We can’t wait to see your tweets! 

Contact Information 

If there has been a change to your team this year, please let us know and we will update our contact list.  

We are looking forward to meeting with you all again in the next few weeks. See you all soon! 

Sincerely,
Jana & Lori 

September 13, 2022 Newsletter

Dear Transitions Teams,

We hope you had a wonderful summer full of connectedness and wellness with family, friends, and the land. We hope you are feeling rejuvenated and ready for the upcoming school year. We are definitely feeling the positive energy and enthusiasm in our reconnections with staff, students, and the community.

Lori and I would like to wish you a joyful start up to the 2022-2023 school year. We are excited about your team’s next steps and we, and the Inquiry Partners, look forward to connecting with you again. We will be reaching out to you all in the next few weeks with more information about upcoming events. Today, we would like to say “hello” and “welcome back”.

Also, if you have questions about your June case study submission, please contact me, Lori, or Sarah Lockman (communications@noii.ca) for assistance.

We wish you all the best this week as you reconnect your relationships and build new ones.

Have a great rest of your week. We will connect again soon. 

With gratitude,
Jana & Lori

Recommended
Resources

Wayi Wah: Indigenous Pedagogies by Jo Chrona

We are absolutely thrilled about Jo’s book that was released this month. This is a book we strongly recommend for every BC educator as they engage in reconciliation and anti-racism work. We’ve attached an excerpt from Jo’s book that emphasizes the importance of situating ourselves in our life and in our work. In this way, we practice becoming aware of our relationships in our settings and how they shape us. We also become mindful of how our relationships have impacts in the way we connect and interact with others. Being aware of and maintaining our relationships helps us work together in a “good way”. As the students and staff arrive in our schools and we intuitively scan our settings to determine “What is going on for our learners, our staff, and our community?”, let us also take some time to scan ourselves with a lens on our relationships and how they influence our thinking and doing. Situating ourselves is an enriching activity and we hope this process of knowing and becoming is beneficial for you.

     

Get your own copy here!

Lori has shared this great article that provides rationale and suggestions for how to engage with families as a way of cultivating equity in our schools. “The articles, written by a diverse selection of educators and experts, describe specific practices, structural changes, and mindset shifts that school leaders and educators can use to better connect with, support, and learn from students’ families. They focus in particular on strengthening relationships with families from racial and socio-economic groups that have tended to be discounted or out-influenced in schools. They also illuminate the critical, though often neglected, links between effective family engagement and student growth.”