Coaching support connects educators in isolated communities

By Julie Donohue-Kpolugbo
April 2022
Her role in professional learning: I support literacy programming and instructional coaches in nine schools in eight small, isolated communities, some of which are fly-in only. Our schools are in the Beaufort Delta region on the homelands of the Gwich’in, Inuvialuit and Metis people. In Canada, Indigenous populations have been chronically underserved and experience a tremendous amount of intergenerational trauma stemming from egregious historical treatment. Through the local government and Indigenous governing bodies, educators are engaged in ongoing learning about equity informed by the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. How Learning Forward supports her work: I have been collaborating with Learning Forward since 2019 to support our instructional coaching program in BDDEC. In the 2021-22 school year, we are working with a Learning

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Julie Donohue-Kpolugbo currently serves as the district literacy consultant and instructional coach coordinator for the Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada. Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council, although small in population, serves a geographic area similar in size to New Zealand with multiple fly-in only communities. This unique context is a major factor in designing coaching practice that generates impact on student achievement. Ongoing development, implementation, and support of the Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council coaching program is currently one of Donohue-Kpolugbo’s main areas of focus. Over the last 20 years, Donohue-Kpolugbo has worked in a variety of locations in North America, South America, and Africa serving in varying capacities including classroom teacher, instructional leader, program support teacher, coach, and literacy consultant. Most recently, Donohue-Kpolugbo graduated as a member of the Learning Forward Academy Class of 2019.

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