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Education System Navigation Support

You're not Alone!

No parent should have to face the education system alone.

Our Systems Navigation pilot project is designed to stand beside you as you ‘navigate’ the system.

When Black families contact Parents of Black Children about issues related to their child’s education, our Systems Navigator will provide support as they interact with their child’s school/board.

The Systems Navigator may attend meetings, provide advice, and make connections with school boards or community groups.

The Systems Navigator will help eliminate barriers and act as a neutral third party that can express the unique needs and challenges faced by African Canadian families engaged with the education system.

We stand beside you no matter what issue you are having. 

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Our Systems Navigator can support you with any issue, including:

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Questions about Independent Education Plans (IEPs) or special education for your child

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Challenging suspensions or disciplinary measures

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Managing schools who are constantly calling/complaining about your child

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Incidents of anti-Black racism and bullying

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Challenging unfair grades and assessments ns about Independent Education Plans (IEPs) or special education for your child

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Filing a Human Rights Complaint

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Student and Family Advocates are System Navigators by another name.

Student and Family Advocates are System Navigators by another name.  There are 17 Student and Family Advocates across the province to support you.  Learn more about the Student and Family Advocate Program.

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Education is a HUMAN RIGHT!

The system is NOT neutral! For decades, Black advocates and families have fought for a more inclusive and equitable education system for Black children. The system of education was founded on colonial principles that did not include Black people; in fact, the education system was created to educate Black families towards an understanding of their own inferiority. We see this in curricula that do not reflect the lived experiences or wealth of contributions of Black Canadians, nor does it adequately represent the diversity of the Black experience in Canada. We also see this in the lack of Black educators across school systems. 

This handbook serves as a means to demystify the pitfalls within the education system, and light a path towards a decolonized education system. This document is designed for all parents of Black children. It is a navigation tool that you can keep and use to support your children’s education.  

 

Topics Covered in this Guide:

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School Board Terms You Need to Know

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The Four Affiliated Teachers Unions

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Key Players: Education Organizations to Know

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What does anti-Black racism look like in daycare?

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Tips to help your child with literacy

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What is the process for escalating concerns?

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School Readiness and Early Literacy

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What you need to know about Black families and the schools

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High School Certificate vs. Diploma

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Important information about how your child learns

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Black Students and IEPs, Notes and School Records

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Can the school speak to my child without my permission?

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