Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Networks

An exemplary practice in improving outcomes for Aboriginal learners, the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network deepens learning through inquiry, innovation and teamwork. The network is paired with the Network of Innovation and Inquiry for the sharing of resources and learning opportunities.

Since 2013, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre has been a funding partner with the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) and the Network of Inquiry and Innovation (NOII). Through this partnership, the Learning Centre has supported teachers working with aboriginal students transitioning to further education.

The AESN helps selected schools across British Columbia in taking an inquiry-oriented, evidence-based approach to learning and teaching — one that focuses on making education more equitable by providing high-quality learning opportunities to all young people.  Participating schools develop a focus to address through their inquiry, collaborate with colleagues through regional meetings and share case studies.


Program Highlights

  • Working with the AESN, the Learning Centre has helped fund over 60 school teams in 15 school districts across British Columbia.
  • In 2015, the Learning Centre contributed to the initiation of a Secondary Transitions Impact Research Study that will continue until 2017. Fourteen schools in 10 school districts are participating.

“The AESN creates an inquiry community where everyone learns and works together to ensure that every Aboriginal learner crosses the stage with dignity, purpose and options — and that together we eliminate racism in schools.”

Networks of Inquiry and Innovation & AESN newsletter


To learn more about the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network, please visit the program’s website or follow on Twitter: @noiiaesn.