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Behind Closed Doors Report

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by Nadine Bartlett Ph.D., Assistant Professor Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba There are no provincial educational policies in Manitoba that explicitly regulate the use of physical restraint and seclusion in schools. Nor are there provincial accountability mechanisms in place to monitor the use of physical restraint and seclusion. This report … Continued

Collaborative Assessment Facilitates Inclusion for Students At-Risk

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Standardized testing is often used in education to compare students against one another as well as against curriculum standards. For many students, standardized testing formats lead to test anxiety creating a disadvantaged circumstance under which competition with typical peers is not possible, and therefore, inequitable. Students with various forms of anxiety, mental health challenges, and … Continued

The Journey to Inclusive Schooling: A Guide

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by Gordon L. Porter & David Towell This guide is addressed to those who may hold a variety of roles and accept the challenge of providing leadership for school transformation to make our schools inclusive. We have invited leaders in schools that we know have made substantial progress to achieving inclusive schooling to offer us … Continued

Achieving Inclusive Education: Keeping Up the Fight

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 It’s the beginning of a new year, and a new decade: a time for making resolutions, setting goals, and considering how well we have done keeping old resolutions and meeting earlier targets. The Canadian Association for Community Living made its first commitment to inclusive education in 1987 when it adopted Community Living 2000, a vision … Continued

Report: Access to Quality Education for Children with Special Educational Needs

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A recent publication from the European Commission reports on ’Special Needs Education” in member countries.

Inclusion, Segregation and Grey All Over: Inclusive education debates reignite across Canada

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An article published by EdCan Wire reflects on how a story published in the Globe and Mail reignited the Inclusive education debate across Canada. Read the full article here.

Teacher Readiness: Teacher perspectives on facilitating positive mental health in the classroom.

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Jillian Ball, Gabrielle Young and other colleagues from Newfoundland share their observations about facilitating positive mental health in inclusive classrooms. Read the full article here.

What Can Ministries of Education and School District Leaders Do to Improve Inclusive Education?

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Dr. Lesley Eblie Trudel This article was contributed by Dr. Lesley Trudel in response to Director of Inclusive Education Canada, Gordon Porter’s Feb 15th blog, Is It Inclusion – Or School Leadership – That Is Failing? Inclusive classrooms do not fail students.  Dr. Gordon Porter is spot on, in his response to The Toronto Globe … Continued

Time-out, Seclusion and Physical Restraint in Alberta Schools: Guidelines are not enough

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On February 15, 2019 CACL’s member organization, Inclusion Alberta released the results of its 2018 survey examining the use of time-out, seclusion and physical restraint in Alberta schools. The results of the survey, which included over 214 comments from parents, demonstrated the widespread and frequent use of these practices as well as the overwhelmingly harmful … Continued

Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education Hosts a Screening of Intelligent Lives

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Jacqueline Specht, Director On February 13, a group of people braved the snowstorm in London Ontario to view the screening of Dan Habib’s latest film “Intelligent Lives.” Intelligent Lives is about 3 young adults with intellectual disabilities: Micah, Naieer, and Naomie. They challenge the perception of what people with intellectual disabilities can accomplish in high … Continued