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Parent Advocacy Makes A Difference: A Tale of a Mother’s Love & Commitment

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National Inclusive Education Month Commentary #26 By Richard Blaquiere, Writer and Advocate In these past several months we in New Brunswick have observed continuing efforts by both the media and, to some degree, the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association, to undermine the great success achieved in our Inclusive schools with children needing extra support to realize their … Continued

The Inclusion Lottery: A game of chance with a child’s education

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National Inclusive Education Month Commentary #25 By Bruce Uditsky, M.Ed., Chief Executive Officer, Inclusion Alberta In most of Canada, after more than 40 years of inclusive education practice, access to quality inclusive education still remains a matter of chance, particularly for children with intellectual disabilities. While many might argue or believe access to a quality inclusive … Continued

Exploring Inclusion in Ontario

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National Inclusive Education Month Commentary #24 By Gillian Parekh, Assistant Professor of Education, York University, Toronto How inclusion is conceptualized in schools is highly variable. Sometimes inclusive education is used to describe hybrid special education models, integrated placements and universal design. More recently, inclusion has been taken up as a process through which traditional schooling … Continued

Toronto’s Pro-Choice School Board: How it hurts Inclusive Education

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National Inclusive Education Month Commentary #23 Toronto’s Pro-Choice School Board: How it hurts Inclusive Education, Enhancement of Equity & Post-School Success By Margarita Isakov, Inclusion Advocate and TDSB SEAC representative for Integration Action for Inclusion -Toronto Chapter An Enhancing Equity Task Force (EETF) was created by Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Canada’s largest school board with … Continued

Inclusion in Italy: How supposedly inclusive policies fail

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National Inclusive Education Month Commentary #22 By Simona D’Alessio, Ph.D., Educator and Researcher, Rome, Italy Educational policies voice political preferences of government on power. Jones (2013) identifies four main political orientations for educational policies, which include conservative, liberal, critical and finally post-modern positions, each one pursuing different goals. When examining policy, analysts need to critically … Continued

Student rights and inclusive practice at secondary school in Aotearoa, New Zealand

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National Inclusive Education Month Commentary #21 By Jude MacArthur, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Education, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand There has been a recent shift in thinking by the Ministry of Education in Aotearoa/New Zealand away from ideas about “special” education, to a new language and system of “learning support”. Motivated by a desire … Continued

Getting an Inclusive Start: The Critical Need for Inclusive Pre-school Education

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National Inclusive Education Month Commentary #20 By Marilyn Dolmage, Parent, Consultant and Advocate As I consult across Ontario, I always ask what is happening for pre-school children in each community. If their early childhood experiences are inclusive, families are more likely to want inclusion to continue in their neighbourhood schools. 40 years ago, people from Ontario’s … Continued

Inclusion Back to Basics: One Private School’s Approach

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National Inclusive Education Month Commentary #19 By Stephanie Vucko, CEO a2z strategic consulting, Montreal, PQ and Josée Pepin, Head of School, North Star Academy Laval Introduction Having recently transitioned from 23 years of leadership and inclusion work in the public education sector to running a private consulting firm, I have seen training sessions, key note … Continued

Sharpening Our Northern Inclusive Schooling Lens

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National Inclusive Education Month Commentary #18 By Liz Baile, Student Services Coordinator, Yellowknife Catholic Schools In my office, you will find an orange sticky on my computer screen. The sticky reads, “Inclusive Schooling is the lens, all other actions fit into it. It is how we offer education.” Not sure which workshop it came from … Continued

Eleanor’s Journey: A Story of Public School Inclusion

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National Inclusive Education Month Commentary #17 By Catherine & Gilbert French My wife and I have mixed emotions today because our 21-year-old daughter has left on an extended trip to New Zealand. We are excited for Ella, but will miss her. She has a working visa and is seeking adventure in a land far from the … Continued