Student Support Worker Program

Student Support Workers: Dedicated to enhancing the learning environment and school experiences of students of African Descent

What is the Student Support Worker Program?

The primary role of the Student Support Worker is to provide support to students of African descent and their families to help make schooling a more positive experience, which in turn helps students achieve success and remain in school.

Student Support Workers (SSWs) work with the support of school principals and staff, under the direction of the Coordinator of African Canadian Education Services. They work as part of a team that includes students, parents/guardians, principals, teachers, support staff and, in some cases, community agencies.

The Student Support Worker Program was established across Nova Scotia in 1995 in response to a recommendation from the Black Learners Advisory Committee (BLAC) Report on Education: Redressing Inequity--Empowering Black Learners.

The Student Support Worker Program is Designed to:

  • Provide positive role models
  • Develop a learning environment and school atmosphere that supports learning for all students
  • Establish, as necessary, contact with parents/guardians through phone calls or visits to the home
  • Monitor students' academic progress and work with school staff to track progress, communicating information on student progress to parents/guardians when needed.
  • Work proactively with students, staff and families to encourage positive behaviour and participation in school, staying informed of possible student discipline issues and providing intervention or support if appropriate
  • Work with system staff and appropriate external education organizations for stay-in-school strategies and academic success


How Does a Student Support Worker Support Students and Families?

  • Provides personal support to self-identified students, and to parents/guardians when appropriate, in many different settings
  • Acts as a liaison between students, school staff, family and the community
  • Understands the histories and circumstances of students
  • Identifies available external educational programs and opportunities such as tutoring, learning programs, scholarships, cultural activities and more
  • Works with students to explore course selection, career options, and post-secondary education
  • Encourages daily school attendance and on-time arrival at school
  • Helps staff and students create a school environment that is welcoming and reflects cultural diversity

Where is the Student Support Worker Program Available?

Area/Schools Served

 

Contact Information

For general information on the
SSW program or RCH initiatives,
contact the AVRCE
Coordinator of African Canadian 
Education Services

Coordinator of African Canadian Education Services
P.O. Box 340
121 Orchard Street
Berwick, NS B0P 1E0
Phone: (902) 538-4735
Toll Free: 1-800-850-3887

Annapolis Area
Annapolis West Education Centre
Bridgetown Regional High School 
Clark Rutherford Memorial School
Middleton Regional High School

Annapolis Area
Student Support Worker
Bridgetown Regional High School
Bridgetown, NS
Phone: 902-532-3157

Kings West Area
Berwick and District School
Kingston & District School
Pine Ridge Middle School

West Kings District High School

 
Kings West Area
Student Support Worker
West Kings District High School
Auburn, NS
Phone: 902-847-4454

Kings Central Area
Central Kings Rural High School
Cambridge & District Elementary School
Coldbrook & District School

 

Kings Central Area
Student Support Worker
Coldbrook and District School
Coldbrook, NS
Phone: 902-690-3847

Kentville/Aldershot Area
Aldershot Elementary School
Kings County Academy

 

Kentville/Aldershot Area
Student Support Worker
Kings County Academy
Kentville, NS
Phone: 902-698-9591

Kings North Area
Glooscap Elementary School
Northeast Kings Education Centre
 

 
Kings North Area
Student Support Worker
Northeast Kings Education Centre
Canning, NS
Phone: 902-599-0356

Hants West Area (Elementary)
Brooklyn District Elementary School
Falmouth District School
Three Mile Plains District School 
Windsor Elementary School

 
Hants West Area (Elementary)
Student Support Worker
Falmouth District School 
Falmouth, NS
Phone: 902-792-6781

Hants West Area (Middle/High Schools)
Avon View High School
West Hants Middle School

 
Hants West Area (Middle/High Schools)
Student Support Worker
Avon View High School
Windsor, NS
Phone: 902-790-2485

Wolfville Area
Horton High School
Evangeline Middle School
New Minas Elementary School
Port Williams Elementary School
Wolfville School

 
Wolfville Area
Student Support Worker
Horton High School
Greenwich, NS
Phone: 902-542-6075
 

For further information on the Student Support Worker Program or to involve a student in your family, consult the RCH Coordinator or your local Student Support Worker.

 

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Contact us

121 Orchard Street PO Box 340 Berwick NS Canada B0P 1E0
  • Toll Free: 800-850-3887
  • Phone: 902-538-4600
  • Fax: 902-538-4630

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