Settlement Workers in Schools Sask. (SWISSASK)
Connection, Information, Collaboration
Saskatchewan Settlement Workers in Schools (SWISSASK) is a province-wide support and outreach program designed to assist SWIS service providers in urban and rural Saskatchewan, the ability to build capacity in order to settle Refugee and immigrant newcomer students into the school system and their communities.
The SWIS program is a partnership between service providers in Saskatchewan that offer the Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) programs and Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
SWIS provides support to SWIS programs in Saskatchewan through province-wide coordination of resources and promotion, and through training and information sharing to SWIS program. The program facilitate and support the delivery of the SWIS Program through the province-wide. coordination of resources and promotion, and through training and information sharing to SWIS program staff in Saskatchewan service-providing organizations to build capacity in order to settle newcomers and their families into the school system and their communities.
- Liaise with SWIS providers to gain understanding of their respective programs, share best practices with other providers and support where there may be challenges
- Create and implement a learning needs assessment for SWIS Service provider staff to determine areas of need and interest and possible professional development opportunities
- Facilitate and coordinate training opportunities/learning events for both new and experienced SKSWIS workers, team leaders, and managers
- Coordinate meetings with SWIS team leaders/managers on a regular basis (i.e. quarterly) for the purposes of: networking, identifying program issues and facilitating solutions, assessing program tools and resources, and sharing best practices
- Develop standard tools to support SWIS service delivery across Saskatchewan
- Increase community awareness of settlement issues through promotion of provincial wide SWIS projects
- Produce and distribute SWIS promotional tools and materials and update as required (i.e. brochures, information displays and signage)
- Determine professional development needs of experienced SWIS program staff and facilitate or arrange for experts to deliver regular professional development workshops.
- Continue professional development to assist and support SWIS staff.
- Continue to work with SWIS projects to develop effective practices for working with newcomer children, youth, through development and delivery of training and other activities.
- Assist with preparation and/or delivery of orientation to SWIS for school board staff.
- Update and/or create new training models, materials and tools as required.
- Attend SWIS Steering Committee meetings
Saskatchewan SWIS program is funded by Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and its stakeholders include:
- The Humboldt Regional Newcomer Centre
- Moose Jaw Multicultural Council
- Regina Open Door Society
- Saskatoon Open Door Society
- Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre in Swift Current
- YWCA Prince Albert
- Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
For more information about SWIS, please visit website at www.swissask.ca or contact them at .