Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Program
The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Program is an initiative funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
This program currently serves the following Francophone schools:
- École la Mosaïque
- École du Nouveau-Monde
- École Terre des Jeunes
- École de la Rose Sauvage
- École de la Source
- École Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys
- École francophone d‘Airdrie
- École Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix
The mission of the SWIS worker is to facilitate the integration and academic success of newly arrived students in the school and to promote their full development and that of their families.
SWIS WORKER SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES
The SWIS worker :
- Provides referral services and facilitates access to school and community resources.
- Increases newcomers’ understanding of the education system and parenting issues in a Canadian context.
- Builds strong relationships with newly arrived families to determine their needs.
- Offers group information sessions to parents, guardians and newcomer youth, often in partnership with support staff.
- Refers families to more specialized community resources, as needed.
- Collaborates with teachers, parents, students and community organizations to build positive relationships.