The Wikwemikong Board of Education believes that learning is lifelong, that continued learning is integral to the development of an individual’s identity and self-esteem. This important learning, combined with offering programming locally within our unique culture and location, affords us a great opportunity for growing and learning together.
Our adult education program has evolved into a dynamic program where adults (over the age of 21) can develop their abilities, enrich their knowledge, improve their technical or professional qualifications or turn them in a new direction and bring about changes in their attitudes or behavior.
A variety of Independent Learning Courses (ILCs), Basic Skills Upgrading and other programs are being offered to Adult students to help them fulfill their full potential and realize their dreams of obtaining a Grade 12 diploma. We, at Wikwemikong Board of Education, believe that it is never too late to earn your diploma.
To this end, our objective is: “To promote the spirit of learning in such a way as to guide students towards the completion and achievement of high school credits.”
The Teacher will provide opportunities for Wikwemikong students to develop vocational skills, gain employment and earn a high school diploma through various program choices.
Instructional methods include: direct teacher instruction, computer assisted learning, tutoring, field trips, life skills, individualized instruction and work-site training (co-ops).
- Independent Learning Credits (ILCs)
- Practical Skills Program
- Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR)
- Credit Recovery
Students register with the Independent Learning Centre (a division of T.V.O). Though these courses are designed to be done independently, students are very much encouraged to seek help from the Adult Education Teacher/Administrator and to utilize any on-line help available. Students must complete credit courses within 10 months of beginning
A diversified learning campaign for students who require development of their basic learning skills. Students study 20 hours/week in areas including literacy, numeracy, money management, health and parenting, resume and job search enhancement, typing, and cultural appreciation. Students will be asked to write a daily journal. There will also be special activities, guest lecturers, and field trips.
The GED (General Educational Diploma) is the Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate issued by the Ministry of Education. Employers and colleges recognize it as equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
You can obtain credits for learning you’ve done before through work, school and/or life experiences. Prior learning assessment & recognition (PLAR) is a process that gives you the opportunity to obtain academic credits to be used towards the achievement of your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
You will need to demonstrate that you have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge through life experiences. This may include work, training, independent study, volunteering, travel, hobbies and family experiences. You must be 19 years old to qualify for challenging credits under PLAR.
PLAR is done on a course by course basis. If a course covers material you already know, you can ask for an assessment of your knowledge. This is called a “challenge.” For example, if you have done a lot of computer work, you might challenge a computer course. To assess your learning, you will be either:
- tested with written or oral exams, interviews, or case studies OR
- assessed through a portfolio of your work that shows your skills.
Your learning will be evaluated as would happen in a classroom environment and your assessment will be graded. This grade will appear on your transcript.
When you complete a course within a school year or semester, but do not successfully completed the curriculum expectations to a passing level, there are options available. Your Principal and teachers will work with you and your parents to determine how you can best meet the expectations and earn credit for the course. Arrangements can be made so that one or more of the following options is available:
- Where possible, you should be allowed to repeat only the material relating to the overall curricular expectations not achieved. You may choose to achieve these expectations in summer school, through independent study, through an individualized remediation program, or through distance education. Your work will be evaluated to determine whether the expectations have been successfully completed.
- If available, you can enroll in a remedial program designed for a group of students with similar needs.
- You may decide to repeat the entire course
Through Credit Recovery, you will develop learning skills that will support you in the regular classroom setting. Credit Recovery courses focus on overall curriculum expectations, often within the supportive context of a Learning Strategies course. The goal is to ensure that you are able to meet curriculum expectations and prepare to move forward along your chosen program pathway.
- To build up individual’s self-esteem and self-worth in a two-fold manner: academically and spiritually.
- Trust, Respect, and Truth will be the building blocks of integrity which will first support our capable students.
- We will use a “Students first” approach.
- No student will be denied assistance.
- All available resources will be utilized in helping students find answers to questions.
- Administrative duties will be put aside in favour of assisting any student needing assistance with learning.
- Support and advise adults throughout the learning process and provide advocacy and referral services when appropriate.
- Make the program accessible and visible.
- Recruit new students every quarter through increased communication with community agencies and students.
- Improve reception and referral services for adults and offer counselling and support services.
- Student Services
- Student Profile
- Tracking & Attendance
- Classroom Materials
- Student Identification Badges
- Class Cancellation
- Plan for Intoxicated Individuals
- Counselling- Students who are considering post-secondary education may be referred to the on-site counsellors at the high school.
- Career Planning- Ontario Works has agreed to schedule individual two hour career planning sessions with any student interested.
- Transportation- will be provided for any student living out of a reasonable walking range to program. Transportation will be provided by Ontario Works.
- Daycare – Ontario Works has agreed to subsidize childcare, but only for the hours a student is in school.
A component of the program for all students will be the construction of a student profile. This will be a student record (written documents) placed in a secure filing cabinet. The record will be an up-to-date record of student’s academic goals and advancement. It will record all milestones in the student’s career at the Wikwemikong Adult Education Program as well as any formal and informal assessment observations made by instructors. Any other information, incident reports, suspensions, documents, attendance, etc will also be included in the student profile.
The student’s attendance is tracked daily, weekly, and monthly. The students used to be required to sign in when they arrive and leave, but there were inconsistencies, therefore Administration now logs them into a time sheet. The time sheet for the previous week is to be handed into Administration Assistant on Mondays where it is recorded onto a computer database.
Bi-weekly attendance reports are submitted to Ontario Works and LDM.
Bi-monthly meetings with each student to discuss progress (contract fulfillment).
Attendance is critical for the success of an adult learner who needs the help of a teacher. With the exception of ILC learners, prolonged absence of a student for any course without approval leave will be grounds for a six month retirement and re-appraisal.
Students will receive a starter package that will contain pens, pencils and other general school supplies. Students may request replacement supplies once their initial supplies have been exhausted. However, students that continuously misplace their school supplies (i.e. several times a week) will be responsible for supplying their own school supplies.
Classroom textbooks and other such materials must be returned after each class. If a student wishes to take a textbook home at night, they must seek approval from the Teacher or Assistant Teacher. Once approval has been granted, the student then will sign out for the material and the teacher or assistant teacher will initial. Once the material leaves the classroom, it becomes the sole responsibility of the student. Once the student returns the material, the Teacher or Assistant Teacher will initial the sign in sheet- returned. However, any materials that are not returned and deemed lost, will become the responsibility of the student and they must replace it at their own cost.
Vandalism and harassment: A student caught vandalizing Adult Education or Wasse-Abin High School property will be removed from the program and could face criminal charges. Harassment in any form will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely. Consequences range from suspension to expulsion depending on the nature of the offense. Any student entering the program with a restraining order placed against them by an individual also in the program will be asked to leave immediately. This will then be followed up with a Trespassing Order with the Wikwemikong Tribal Police. This follow up will ensure that there will be no issues on school property.
Student Identification Badges will be used to identify students to maintenance staff. This will help differentiate between students entering the building and other individuals entering the building that may take advantage of the building being accessible in the evenings. The Administrative Assistant will photograph the students and place their photo and information on an easy to carry card that will be laminated. When the student population increases, the students may use these cards to receive benefits in the community such as discounts at participating merchants.
At least one member of the staff must possess active First Aid Training.
Students are asked upon registration whether or not they have health issues and allergies that we should be aware of.
The Adult Education Program adheres to the Wasse-Abin high school’s timetable. Classes are cancelled when regular schools are cancelled due to weather, holidays or other events. Students may refer to their local broadcasting source to inform them of school closings.
If an intoxicated individual enters the classroom and refuses to leave, the staff may seek the assistance of maintenance staff. However, if the individual becomes violent or maintenance staff is not readily available, the Wikwemikong Tribal Police will be called. Adult Education Staff is to never lay a hand on any individual or use verbal or physical force of any sort.
A student must be 22 years of age and have been out of school for a minimum of six months.
Mr. Pete Charbonneau, B.A., B.Ed., Teacher-Administrator
c/o Wikwemikong High School
34 Henry Street