Jacob Pitawanakwat - Presenter

Program Manager
Innovations for Learning Canada

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Jacob’s determination to improve his own career opportunities naturally led him to want to help other youth to achieve their goals.

While supply teaching in Wiikwemkoong, Jacob learned that a not-for-profit agency would be established within the board. Innovations for Learning (IFL) provides a unique educational support system for teachers by providing individualized classroom instruction and web-based face-to-face learning.

During that first year working with a school in Wiikwemkoong, the program saw incredible results. 74% of SK students who continued working with Jacob through the pandemic achieved grade-level reading proficiency by the end of the summer, compared to less than 6% the year before.

Now a program manager with the organization, Jacob continues his work in the spirit of innovation, developing technology programs, identifying literacy challenges in Indigenous schools and designing learning systems that meet the needs of communities.
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Jacob Pitawanakwat's Sessions


3:00 - 3:45pm, Opaskwayak Education Services’ student-centered response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bev Fontaine

3:45 - 4:30 pm, Forest Kindergarten; Land-Based Learning, Joyce and Brenda Germain and,
Reading Through the Pandemic: Inspiring Change and Building Resiliency with Online Literacy Tutoring, Jacob Pitawanakwat and Fabrice Grover
Date: October 27, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm