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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Aboriginal students find success in Sooke, BC

Lessons in diplomas, or how to score a high graduation rate
How to explain such rapid progress? District officials point to a host of reasons: inspired leadership, more aboriginal teachers, increased aboriginal content and a strong relationship with local First Nations chiefs and communities.
The district's expanding aboriginal education department now has teachers and staff in every high school, working directly with students.
"We really promote having the support right in the classroom as much as possible," said Kathleen King-Hunt, the district's principal of aboriginal education.
"For sure, that's been working for us."
Superintendent Jim Cambridge, who credits King-Hunt's leadership, said the district also hired more aboriginal teachers. They understand what the students are going through, work with them in the classrooms, and can be both an advocate and mentor.