Community Connections – Schools

Multicultural, Settlement and Education Partnership (MSEP) is a partnership between Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board.

The MSEP program is part of the Welcoming Communities stream, agencies that provide services under this stream work collaboratively to share best practices, information and expertise to develop tools and strategies to connect vulnerable groups with established support networks.

What We Do

Our settlement counsellors in schools provide settlement services to 70 schools (click for a list of schools) in the Peel Region to help newcomer parents and students successfully settle and integrate into the Canadian culture and the education system.

Settlement Counsellors work with schools to create welcoming, safe and inclusive spaces where newcomers can access information, services and assistance in their own language and in a culturally sensitive manner.  Services are delivered in: Arabic, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, and Urdu.

Settlement Counsellors build partnerships and develop joint programming with community stakeholders, invite community stakeholders to conduct workshops to share their expertise and also host large scale community events to support such connections.

Workshops and Events

THE NEWCOMERS’ CLUB

The Newcomers’ Club provides newcomer students with an opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences with peers who are going through a similar adjustment period. These workshops encourage newcomer students to speak about their challenges as well as share their success stories from previous years. The settlement workers encourage students to enrol in various school activities for a successful transition. The topics covered during each session are chosen based on the need and suggestions of those who are part of the club.

Some topics covered during the sessions include:

  • Building effective communication skills
  • Study habits
  • How to write a resume
  • Bullying

PARENT/GUARDIAN SUPPORT GROUP

Throughout the year settlement workers in schools organize events and workshops that address issues and concerns of newcomer parents. This groups meets on monthly and sometimes weekly basis based on the need of the community. This group provides parents with an opportunity to come out and share their experiences and concerns.

Some topics of interest:

  • BYOD
  • Parenting in Canada and the Role of CAS
  • Helping your child in Homework

SEASONAL PROGRAMS:

SUMMER

WOW-PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
This program is tailored to newcomers attending high school for the first time in Canada; the program takes place in designated hub schools – schools with a higher number of newcomers whilst hosting the students from surrounding high schools. The program is organized and coordinated by MSEP counsellors,who recruit students who were newcomers themselves to deliver the one day program. This program is in collaboration between students, teachers, and settlement workers.


iFun – DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
This program is tailored to newcomers attending high school for the first time in Canada; the program takes place in designated hub schools – schools with a higher number of newcomers whilst hosting the students from surrounding high schools.

HOT TOPICS

MYBLUEPRINT
MyBlueprint is an online education planner that helps students:

  • Select their high school courses
  • Research post-secondary programs
  • Set goals for their future
  • Explore career and job opportunities and create a resume and cover letter
  • Complete their Individual Pathways Plan (IPP)

Parents can also create a myBlueprint account and explore student features of myBlueprint.

Parents can link to their child’s myBlueprint account.

For more information on myBlueprint http://www.myblueprint.ca/

FAMILY LITERACY SKILLS
Our MSEP team has conducted 32 workshops on Literacy Skills which focused on enhancing literacy skills at all levels – for parents, grandparents and guardians. This workshop primarily focuses on how these groups respectively can help children enhance their literacy skills. The team has also connected with external stakeholders such as: Region of Peel – Early Literacy Specialists and Family Literacy Specialists to provide more depth on these topics.

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
These workshops provide tips for healthy living and healthy eating habits. The team connected with external stakeholders such as: Peel Health and Bramalea Community Health Centre to provide more in depth information on this topic.

EMPLOYMENT
Our MSEP team frequently delivers workshops on employment related topics that are geared towards parents and youth. Topics covered in these workshops include:

  • Resume Building Tips
  • Interview Tips
  • Job search Tips
  • Hard and Soft Skills
  • Importance of Networking
  • Canadian Workplace Culture

Useful Links:
Ontario Ministry of Education:
www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng
Peel District School Board:
www.peelschools.org
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board:
www.dpcdsb.org
Newcomer Youth:
www.newyouth.ca 
Games Links:
Word Games
http://www.manythings.org/wbg/
Spelling Games
www.learner.org/interactives/spelling/index.html
Ontario Curriculum Activities
www.linktolearning.com