Individualized Paths for Learning

The IPL Program in Brief :

 

Program Objectives :

•    To provide an alternative education with a more practical curriculum which better prepares the students for the realities they will face in their community and on the work market. Hence, students often follow a basic academic curriculum combined with a hands-on project.
•    Reduce the number of drop-outs by encouraging students to continue their studies by offering an enticing educational project which respects their learning styles and more closely responds to their needs and expectations.
 
Admission Criteria :

•    Students must be evaluated and considered suitable for an IPL program.
•    Consent required from students and parents.
•    Student records show great difficulty in following regular academic courses.
•    Students have attempted a secondary 1 education.
 
Profile of Students :

•    Students showing academic difficulties (have fallen behind their peers by more than one year).
•    Students with learning (and sometimes behavioural) difficulties.
•    Students requiring an alternative, more practical education
•    Students requiring greater attention and flexibility.
•    Students who most likely will not achieve a high-school leaving diploma.
•    Students aged 13 and older (generally between 14 and 20).
 
Groupings and Courses :

•    Normally, IPL classes do not exceed 12 students.
•    Some classes have male students only, some have female students only and others have a mixed group.
•    IPL teaching is organized around one main work project (and sometimes various smaller work simulation projects).
•    Each school organizes its IPL project to best suit the students.
•    In some schools, IPL students follow regular sector courses (mathematics, Inuktitut, physical education, religion, and second language).
•    In other schools, regular courses and IPL or vocational courses such as life skills, work skills, career choice, business in Nunavik and computer art are integrated in the work project.
 
I.P.L. Projects

According to the means, abilities and interests of the teacher and the students, a wide range of school projects are possible. The following projects and work simulations have all been successfully undertaken by IPL groups :
•    Management of an IPL community youth centre
•    Management of an ATV & skidoo repair shop
•    Management of a small electrical appliances repair shop
•    Management of a furniture making business
•    Management of an art boutique (selling arts & crafts produced by IPL students)
•    Management of a photo contest and a Nunavik postcard venture
•    Management of a weekly restaurant (with option to dine in or take out)
•    Management of a pizza production business
•    Management of a daily pastry & bakery shop
•    Management of a bi-monthly fast-food restaurant
•    Management of a daily recess-time school canteen
•    Management of a weekly hockey arena canteen
•    Management of an after-school social club
•    Management of a daily daycare centre
•    Management of a daily school co-operative
•    Management of a weekly student radio station
•    Organization of movie nights
•    Organization of disco nights and community dances
•    Organization of flea markets, bazars, etc.
•    Establishment of a business-education partnership (with local employers such as Northern store, Co-op store, Pat Parts, etc).
•    Building qamutiks (ski-doo sleds)
•    Building bookshelves, coat hangers, shoe shelves, storage boxes, etc.
•    Renovating buildings (old churches, youth centre, school classes, administration office, women's shelter, daycare centre, etc.)
•    Organizing camping trips on the tundra
•    Organizing excursions on the land
•    Organizing trips down South or abroad
•    Fundraising to cover costs of an educational trip or work placement stay
•    Training in land skills to become guides
•    Attending one or various work placements