Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

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The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Program is an initiative funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The SWIS program places settlement workers from community agencies in elementary and secondary schools that have high numbers of newcomer students.

In Ontario, approximately 200 settlement workers from 20 different settlement agencies are based in schools in over 20 school boards across the province.

The SWIS worker:

  • proactively contacts newcomer parents and students to assist them with their settlement needs
  • refers the families to more specialized community resources as needed
  • provides group information sessions for newcomer youth and parents, often in partnership with school staff
  • provides orientation about the settlement needs of newcomers for school staff
  • coordinates the Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) and Welcome and Information for Newcomers (WIN) programs, which take place in the last weeks of the summer in most schools


SWIS is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


The Community Integration Network (CIN) is a service from the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In consultation with IRCC and in collaboration with the Service Providers, CIN works towards standards, tools, resources and program coordination that support the effective delivery of services under the Community Connections stream. This includes Community Connections programs and activities, Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) and Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP).

Families in French-language schools in Ottawa, the Greater Toronto Area, LondonSarnia, Durham region, Hamilton, Niagara region and Windsor-Essex have access to similar services adapted for Francophones. This service is called TÉÉ, Travailleuses et travailleurs d’établissement dans les écoles. Le Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions (COPA) is in charge of the provincial coordination of TÉÉ.


SWIS Ontario Brochure (2014)

News

Professional Development 2017-2018

The Community Integration Network (CIN) offers a series of 2-day professional development sessions for front-line staff working in programs funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Welcoming Communities stream. This includes:

Workers in Community Connections programs and activities Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) workers All PD sessions will take place in Toronto between October 2017 and February 2018.

Contact your program managers. They have received an invitation e-mail with the registration information and the password..

Please visit our website to view the professional development sessions currently available.

Professional Development 2016-2017

We are very pleased to announce that there will be two additional professional development sessions for Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS). This professional development opportunity will enhance the skills of SWIS Workers to help newcomer students with complex needs and/or significant gaps in education.

The PD sessions will take place in Toronto on these dates:

  • Session 5 - SWIS: Monday & Tuesday, February 6-7, 2017 (English)
  • Session 6 - SWIS: Thursday & Friday, February 9-10, 2017 (English)


CIN offered a series of 2-day professional development sessions for front-line staff working in programs funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada under the Welcoming Communities stream. This includes:

  • Workers in Community Connections programs and activities
  • Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)
  • Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) workers

All PD sessions took place in Toronto on these dates:

  • Session 1: Monday & Tuesday, October 24-25, 2016 (English)
  • Session 2: Monday & Tuesday, November 14-15, 2016 (English)
  • Session 3: Monday & Tuesday, December 12-13, 2016 (French)
  • Session 4: Monday & Tuesday, January 23-24, 2017 (English)


Public Speaking and Presentations Resources

The Community Integration Network (CIN) has collected a variety of online resources taken from different sectors to offer you diverse perspectives on public speaking and presentations.

You can download the PDF document from CIN's website at Resources: Presentations.


Ideas for YOUTH Activities

The Community Integration Network (CIN) collected all the information presented at our Youth Services Meeting of January 23, 2014.

A document is now available on CIN's website under Resources: Presentations.

We hope you enjoy all the wonderful ideas, and that they provide inspiration for your own projects. If you have any questions about a particular initiative, please contact the presenters directly.


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Resources

Public Speaking and Presentations Resources

The Community Integration Network (CIN) has collected a variety of online resources taken from different sectors to offer you diverse perspectives on public speaking and presentations.

You can download the PDF document from CIN's website at Resources: Presentations.

UPDATED Newcomer Guides to Education available ONLINE

The Newcomer's Guide to Elementary School in Ontario (online version)
This updated version was created by COPA (le Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions) in 2012, with contributions from stakeholders, including the Ontario Ministry of Education, and with funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). COPA is the provincial coordinator of the francophone TÉÉ (Travailleuses et travailleurs d’établissement dans les écoles) program. The Newcomer's Guide to Elementary School in Ontario is based on an earlier version of the guide produced by the Settlement Workers in Schools program (SWIS), a partnership between agencies in the settlement sector, school boards and CIC. This updated guide outlines how elementary schools in Ontario are structured, the resources available to newcomer children, and advice on helping them succeed as they adjust to school in a new country.

Settlement.Org - The Newcomer's Guide to Elementary School in Ontario

The Newcomer's Guide to Secondary School in Ontario (online version)
This updated version was created by COPA (le Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions) in 2012, with contributions from stakeholders, including the Ontario Ministry of Education, and with funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). COPA is the provincial coordinator of the francophone TÉÉ (Travailleuses et travailleurs d’établissement dans les écoles) program. The Newcomer's Guide to Secondary School in Ontario is based on an earlier version of the guide produced by the Settlement Workers in Schools program (SWIS), a partnership between agencies in the settlement sector, school boards and CIC. This updated guide outlines how secondary schools in Ontario are structured, the resources available to newcomer youth, and advice on helping them succeed as they adjust to school in a new country.

Settlement.Org - The Newcomer's Guide to Secondary School in Ontario

Contact

For further information, please send an email to SWISinfo@cin-ric.ca.

Links

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The Community Integration Network (CIN) is a service from the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In consultation with IRCC and in collaboration with Service Providers, CIN works towards standards, tools, resources and program coordination that support the effective delivery of services under the Community Connections stream. This includes Community Connections programs and activities, Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) and Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP).

For details about CIN, visit the website.



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Travailleuses et travailleurs en établissement dans les écoles (TÉÉ) is the French-language equivalent of SWIS. Visit the TÉÉ website.

Through the TÉÉ program, Francophone newcomers in communities across the province can benefit from a significant and ongoing support in elementary and secondary French-language schools. The Mandate of TÉÉ is to facilitate the integration and full development of francophone families newly arrived in Ontario.

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Online Tracking and Information System (OTIS) is a data entry website where some mobile settlement workers enter in their client statistics for each month. Both Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) and Settlement Workers in Libraries from the Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) program submit their stats using OTIS.

OTIS is funded by Citizenship an Immigration Canada (CIC), and managed by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI).

For more information visit the wiki page.

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SettlementAtWork.Org is where you will find news items, events, RFPs and job listings for professionals in the Ontario settlement sector. Visit the website.

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Community Connections programming is intended to provide newcomers with help to establish social and professional networks so they are engaged and feel welcome in their communities.

For more information on the program, please visit the wiki page.

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Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) provide settlement services, information sessions, outreach, and programs in public libraries throughout Ontario. For more information on the program, please visit the wiki page.

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Le Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions (COPA) is in charge of the provincial coordination of the Travailleuses et travailleurs en établissement dans les écoles (TÉÉ). Visit the website.

Program Sites

Do you have a SWIS program?

When you create a Wiki page for your SWIS program, let us know so we can link to it here.
Please email us at SWISinfo@cin-ric.ca with the details.

SWIS Ontario Brochure (2014)

(Note: If your partner School Boards would like to create their own Wiki page to be listed in this section, please ask them to contact us. Thanks in advance!)