A Letter to Principals and Teachers

Dear Principals and Teachers:

Re: TEA Continued Supports

We know it is a trying time right now. The team at Treaty Education Alliance continues to work to support the educational needs of your students. With your support, we will continue to provide quality professional services and resources to help keep you, and your students on a positive learning journey in these challenging times.

The following supports are ready for you to access through our website, or by contacting any of our team:

What Details Who to Contact

High School Support (Grades 10‐12)

TEA’s Online High School is available. We are able to support you with greater access to credit classes, learning resources and tools. We continue to provide space for HS teachers to collaborate with our team to support students. Deni Miclea

dmiclea@educationalliance.ca

306-­527-­0452

Whole Child Wellness: Mental Health and Well-­Being

We have curated resources and supports to help you, your students and their families keep balanced and healthy through this challenging time. Jolissa Simon

jsimon@educationalliance.ca

306-­331-­7383

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 9

Our team has researched and developed engaging daily activities for Literacy, Numeracy and Learning the Land to support you, your students and their families with home-­based learning. Megan Strong

mstrong@educationalliance.ca

306-­3317950

Pre-­Kindergarten to Grade 12 TLCs – Treaty Learning Communities (also called Professional Learning Communities)

TEA is prepared to facilitate TLCs among your staff, and across the TEA schools so we can continue to work together, collaborate and build the best opportunities for home-­based learning for students, and their families. Megaen Reader

mreader@educationalliance.ca

306-­331-­6422

Alliance Unity

TEA has designed an Alliance-­wide campaign to keep the TEA schools and Nations strong and unified. The “Happiness at Home” campaign will connect Elders, youth with our staff to collect stories, teachings and images to inspire and build hope in these difficult times. Vern Severight Sr.

vseveright@educationalliance.ca

306-­562-­7052

Sheena Koops

skoops@educationalliance.ca

306-­331-­5522

Ray Petit

rpetit@educationalliance.ca

306-­331-­9745

Home Based Learning Resources

Our team has been working hard to research and curate a selection of resources, including subscription-­‐based tools you can use on phone, iPad or laptop device. Check our website for more information: https://educationalliance.ca/home-­‐ based-­‐learning/

Technology Services

TEA’s technology staff continues to work to advocate for, and build supports and access to technology, and to maintain and support your devices to ensure you are able to manage home based learning. Tony McNabb-­Cote

tmcnabbcote@educationalliance.ca

306-­533-­3810

During this time of uncertainty, please know your TEA team is working hard to support you. We appreciate hearing from you about any changes to your school closure. Please continue to reach out if you have any needs or concerns.It’s going to take some time, but we will get through this together!
Respectfully,

Lori Whiteman

Executive Director

Treaty Education Alliance

COVID-19: First Nations Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is working closely with First Nation partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada, other departments such as Heath Canada, Public Safety as well as provincial and territorial counterparts to protect the health and safety of First Nations and support First Nations communities in responding to the public health crisis resulting from the novel COVID-19.

https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1584819394157/1584819418553

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

A federal hub tracking the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html?topic=tilelink

Addressing urgent needs in Indigenous communities related to COVID-19

The health, safety and well-being of all people in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, is and will remain a top priority for all. Canada recognizes that First Nation, Inuit and Métis are among the most vulnerable, and that during this crisis, in particular, those in remote and fly-in only parts of the country are uniquely vulnerable. Communities are incredibly resilient and full of solutions and innovative ideas. This is why we must support distinctions-based measures to improve public health response for Indigenous communities and provide them with the flexibility they need to address the specific needs identified by communities and their members.

Read More: Click Here

Public service announcements about COVID-19

This radio public service announcement about COVID-19 is available in various Indigenous languages.

https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1583781906998/1583781926813

A message from our Executive Director

Treaty Education Alliance has established a Critical Planning Team to coordinate and focus our work through these challenging times.

The Critical Planning Team is meeting daily to manage information, and develop important updates to the TEA staff, TEA member First Nations, our Board of Directors and partners.

Our website will the main point of contact for important communications – please be sure to check www.educationalliance.ca regularly for updates.

Staff is working in teams to plan supports for the TEA member First Nations and their school staff, students and community members. Support for the Nations is our top priority.

If you have questions please contact Lori Whiteman at 306 550 5770 or lwhiteman@educationalliance.ca or reach out to any of our staff whose contact information is available on our website.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lori Whiteman

Executive Director

UPDATED: TEA and COVID-19

UPDATED: March 15, 2020

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the Treaty Education Alliance is taking a proactive approach to help ensure the safety of our staff, and the staff, students and community members of the First Nations we serve.

TEA is taking the following steps effective immediately:

  • All staff travel will be halted.
  • All upcoming gatherings, community sessions, PDs and in-services will be cancelled.

Our staff will remain available by phone and email, and are committed to providing quality services to our member schools and communities throughout this time.

We ask that all schools and communities have a plan in place to effectively handle any potential situations that may arise. To assist with this planning, Treaty Education Alliance has prepared a COVID-19 infosheet. NEW: TEA COVID-19 Info Sheet

If any member schools decide it is in the best interest of their community to postpone operations, we ask that you reach out to Treaty Education Alliance so that we may support you in any way necessary.

For more information, or to speak with a member of the Treaty Education Alliance, please call (306) 332-2626.

Coding and Robotics Professional Development

March 17, 2020
10:00AM- 3:00PM

PLEASE SEND 3 INTERESTED TEACHERS/EA’S FROM KINDERGARTEN – GRADE 6

Sub costs, travel and lunch will be provided

This full day session will provide hands on training using the Ozobot and the Robot Mouse. Through hands on learning, teachers will learn how to use coding and robotics to enhance their teaching practice.

Curriculum linked activities are available for all of the robots at https://www.saskcode.ca/activities/.

An emphasis is placed on student problem solving, resilience building and team work using coding and robotics. The robots we will use for this PD include Robot Mouse and Ozobot and will be geared to grade K to 4 teachers. Teachers of all grade levels are welcome.

Please send registration by March 9th to cyuzicappi@educationalliance.ca.