This project supports and strengthens the existing Verdde Thematic Network (TN) through developing research and increasing networking activities. The research examines how participants work with Northern and Indigenous educators to co-create educator professional learning (PL) that builds pedagogical knowledge and skills to teach through a cultural lens.
This is a first research project for Verdde TN, thus establishing a baseline of the common work currently taking place amongst Verdde members in educator PL. The research project will strengthen their collegial relationships as participants become more familiar with one another’s research and collaboratively work on this shared project. They will share their knowledge and experiences in educator PL and how, working with Northern and Indigenous teachers, communities, and governments, teacher PL is being redesigned.
The research will highlight best practices in teacher training as it relates to Northern and Indigenous-led education. The need for educators to teach in culturally relevant and responsive ways is addressed in Calls to Action 62 and 63 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC 2015). Such PL is a critical part of the education of children and youth across the Circumpolar North with impacts directly relating to the goals and objectives of Canada’s Arctic and Northern Policy Framework (2019). The project exemplifies respectful and beneficial research that aligns with Inuit and Northern priorities and will contribute to building capacity in Inuit Nunangat research (National Inuit Strategy on Research, 2018).
University of Winnipeg
University of Alaska Fairbanks, United States