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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 is district literacy consultant and instructional coach coordinator for the Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council (BDDEC) in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada.


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