Blaire GouldSpeaker

    Blair Gould is a Mi’kmaw from Eskasoni First Nation; she is currently employed at Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK) as the Mi’kmaw Language Early Literacy Coordinator. Blaire has been working in the area of language revitalization and survival of the Mi’kmaw language with MK communities and partnership organizations such as Nova Scotia’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Tripartite, Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, Cape Breton University, and St. Francis Xavier University. Blaire is a Mi’kmaw speaker and continues to work in success with other Mi’kmaw educators and associates for the continuation of Mi’kmaw language survival. Blaire works closely with a group of Mi’kmaw Advisors, a team of community representatives who all hold great knowledge combined with current and retired teachers and specialists in the Mi’kmaw language. They value their success in achieving goals with a work-plan. Blaire is part of an amazing app development team, who have developed over 40 apps in the last few years.

    Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey Transforms Assessment
    Look inside the development of the oral language development assessment developed by Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey. This holistic assessment ensures a more comprehensive view of a child’s oral language development by gathering data from multiple perspectives (child, parent, teacher and Elder) and across multiple places of learning (home, school, community and land). This assessment been collectively developed and delivered by teachers, principals, assessment experts, education administrators, mobile technology developers and external consultants.  A collaborative approach supports a sense of ownership over the assessment and its implementation. The assessment is delivered using a mobile tablet that allows information to be accessed immediately by all education partners.  Intuitive and interactive web tools are also available to engage, inform and support decision-making in the school, home and community.Overall, this Holistic Assessment Approach helps support turning ‘data into action’.  The approach ensures educators and parents have confidence in both the instrument, and consequently, the results, which support the potent for change in learning outcomes.
    July 6, 2:30 to 4:00 pm, Room – 2013