Learning Opportunity

Integrating Indigenous Knowledge and Teaching Methods into Classrooms - A Vision of Success for All Students

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Chris Zarski
Date:March 18, 2022
Time:12:45 pm to 3:30 pm MTN
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-DD-PH-CZ-254
Focus: First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) and TRC

About this Learning Opportunity

The TRC called for schools to integrate Indigenous Culture into their daily teachings. As part of Reconciliation, we are tasked with bettering our own understandings to move the integration of Indigenous Knowledge forward. This session will provide Grades 7-12 staff an opportunity to learn best practices for integrating Ways of Knowing into the curriculum. You will be provided with background knowledge and resources to begin preparing and integrating learnings into an upcoming unit. This will be a “roll up your sleeves” working session therefore, you may wish to work with a grade partner on the same unit or independently. Prior to the session, you should select an upcoming unit you would like to work on. You should have access to a laptop, computer or chromebook as you will be reviewing resources, working on your unit and coming back to the main presentation throughout our time together.

All learning opportunities with the ERLC regional team will focus on the Alberta Education and district priority areas.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Chris Zarski has been an educator for over 40 years, and has served as a teacher, principal, supervisor and director and Examiner for Alberta Education.  Currently is serving as a Curriculum Implementation Consultant with CARC on secondment from her role as the Director of Instruction and Staff Development for STAR Catholic Schools. Chris has led numerous district wide initiatives, provided over 600 professional learning sessions, and co-authored/consulted on 18 mathematics resources.  She is actively involved with the pedagogy of deeper learning, authentic assessment designs enhancing curriculum delivery and the integration of FNMI resources into all curriculums. Chris loves to learn and believes that all students have the ability to learn at high levels. She also believes that teachers have the best profession ever – enlightening new minds and sparking interest in learning! WOW!