School councils, First Nations, school staff and parents are all essential to helping expand educational opportunities and support for rural students.
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REAP has been providing innovative learning options for rural students since 2013. Examples of REAP initiatives:
A REM is a week-long program of intensive study that offers hands-on learning experiences to rural students. Students earn two credits in the Fine Arts and Applied Skills course, which is required for graduation. REMs help connect students with possible career paths.
Students from several rural schools come together for every REM. Since September 2013, more than 300 students from as many as 11 rural schools have participated in REMs in Dawson City, Watson Lake and Carmacks.
Some example REM courses:
REMs involve a variety of evening recreational activities including:
Blended learning offers students more course options and lets them work at their own pace. We have invested in training, equipment and infrastructure for blended learning.
Students work through online courses while teachers provide traditional instruction and one-on-one support.
Blended learning models in Watson Lake, Haines Junction, Carmacks and Dawson City have shown positive results in student achievement, especially in Grade 10 exam results.
We continue to work with Northwestel to improve bandwidth and Internet connectivity in rural schools.
Internet speeds have increased, and upgraded wireless networks in all rural schools support the increasing use of mobile devices, including tablets and laptops.
Mobile devices are provided for students participating in blended learning models.
Rural students participate in the experiential education programs at the Wood Street Centre in Whitehorse. School staff are available to help students with their applications, including auditions for the Music Arts and Drama (MAD) program.
Rural students in Wood Street programs can stay at the Gadzoosdaa Student Residence.
Examples of programs for developing literacy, numeracy and essential skills for learning include:
Yukon schools follow an inclusive education model, based on the principle that all students can learn, and can learn together, even if in different ways and at different rates.
Educational Assistants and Remedial Tutors support inclusion by working one-on-one with individuals or with larger groups of students in a class so that teachers can focus their attention on students who are struggling.
Student Support Services team members make scheduled visits to rural schools. They also consult using video conferencing, telephone and email.
Specialists in these fields work with students and provide mentoring and on-site training to school staff to help them support students with special needs:
*Educational psychologists based in Dawson and Watson Lake provide services to schools in those communities and to other communities in their regions.
We offer resources and services to schools to foster healthy school communities. Examples include:
We provide mental health services and training and support in responding to crises. Examples include:
In addition to opportunities in Whitehorse, we offer professional development to rural teachers in their own communities. Examples include:
Recruiting and retaining qualified, experienced rural teachers involve efforts such as:
We staff our schools using a staffing allocation formula that is fair, easy to understand and sustainable, and taking into account recommendations from the Staffing Allocation Advisory Committee. Visit our rural staffing page to learn more.
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