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About the Department
The Department of Education, under the direction of the Minister of Education, is responsible for programs and services that support the following: early childhood education, the K-12 school system, adult learning, and literacy.
A wide range of programs and services are provided to Nunavummiut that encourage and support self-reliance, leading individuals towards productive decisions for themselves and their communities. In order to successfully deliver these programs and meet the needs of Nunavummiut, the Department has developed partnerships within Nunavut and throughout Canada. These partnerships involve Elders, schools, communities, Nunavut Arctic College, District Education Authorities (DEAs) including the Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut (CSFN), the Coalition of Nunavut DEAs, other Government of Nunavut departments, the federal government, businesses and Inuit organizations, and public and non-profit boards and agencies.
Life-long learning is also supported and encouraged through curriculum and resource development; early childhood programming; administration and governance of adult learning; and by incorporating Inuit societal values as well as language and culture into all programs and services.
The Department of Education is divided up into several divisions:
Policy and Planning
Early Learning and Child Care
Curriculum, Resources and Éducation en français
K-12 School Operations
Directorate includes Directorate, Communications and Partner Relations functions. The Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister provide advice to the Minister of Education and Cabinet on matters relating to the department’s mandate. They also ensure implementation of ministerial direction and government policy. The department’s communications efforts as well as its efforts to work collaboratively and support the needs of its key partner organizations are also part of this line of business.
Policy and Planning is responsible for coordinating policy and legislation development as well as meeting departmental obligations under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPP), and overseeing actions to assess and respond to access to information requests. The division coordinates the preparation of information for the Minister and Deputy Minister to represent the department within the government, the territory, nationally and internationally. This division also leads the department’s strategic and business planning including the development and management of an accountability framework; the oversight of a comprehensive framework for evaluating programs; setting and monitoring performance measurements and targets; and managing an integrated risk management strategy.
Corporate Services provides strategic financial management to the department and oversees development, design and planning of capital infrastructure projects as well as facility and vehicle management. The division provides a full range of administrative support services to the department in the areas of strategic human resources including orientation, staffing, corporate training and programming. Corporate Services also provides health and safety support services and information technology/information system supports in the areas of system planning, database management, and system analysis.
Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) is responsible for promoting quality care and education for children by licensing, inspecting, and providing guidance and support to all licensed childcare facilities to ensure compliance with the Child Day Care Act and Regulations. The division is also responsible for promoting early childhood development by providing support for special needs children between 0-6 years of age and training opportunities for early childhood program educators, staff and parents. The division is responsible for governance, policy and planning of early learning and child care initiatives under the Child Day Care Act and Regulations.
Curriculum Development, Resource Services and Education en Francais are the divisions in the department largely responsible for developing and maintaining the Education Program that is delivered in Nunavut’s schools. These divisions work to establish the standards for what students learn throughout their schooling, the teaching and learning resources used in classrooms to support this learning and to ensure that these standards and materials are reflective of Nunavut’s official languages, Inuit culture and Nunavut and northern realities.
Student Achievement is responsible for overall student assessment and supports. The Student Assessment unit is responsible for overseeing the development of student assessment and reporting policies, procedures and standards, and designing, developing, implementing and evaluating assessment tools. The Student Support unit is responsible for supporting inclusive schooling in Nunavut through the development of policies, procedures and standards to enhance staff skills and knowledge and to provide assistive services. The unit is also responsible for overseeing home schooling and for the provision of health and wellness guidance and supports to ensure schools are safe and welcoming environments.
K-12 School Operations are the regional offices of the Department of Education responsible for supervising and supporting the delivery of Nunavut’s Education Program in schools across the territory. Regional School Operations/Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut (CSFN) offices located in Kugluktuk, Baker Lake, Pond Inlet and Iqaluit are responsible for the day-to-day operation of schools, supervision of school staff, operational liaison with District Education Authorities (DEA), and overseeing the delivery of the Education Program and educational services for K-12. These offices provide direct support to schools through supervision and support to principals, teachers and other school staff to ensure that high quality instructional, assessment and student support practices are occurring as required by the Minister. These offices are also responsible for hiring, relocating, supervising and performance management of school employees.
Educator Development is responsible for the design and delivery of a professional development framework for employees in Nunavut’s school system. This includes orientation for new employees; mentorship opportunities; and delivery of training designed to improve professional practice so that instructional, assessment and inclusive schooling practices are of the highest standard possible. It is also responsible for certification and standards for educators.
Advanced Education is responsible for guiding the development of governance, policy and strategic planning for adult learning in the territory including work to increase the availability of quality post-secondary educational opportunities in the territory and ensuring that existing programs and services are of high quality for the benefit of students and government. It works to guide the implementation of the Nunavut Adult Learning Strategy as well as the Education Act as it relates to adult education. This division is also responsible for adult programs that support equality of opportunity and encourage adult literacy, numeracy and essential employability skills.