Posts tagged ‘Equity’
From the Deputy Minister’s memo:
From Minister Hunter’s letter:
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- Sarah E. Fiarman. Unconscious Bias: When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough
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The October 27 2016 Agenda for the Peel DSB Instruction Program/Curriculum Committee includes a report titled We Rise Together: The Peel District School Board Action Plan to Support Black Male Students (item 10.2, page 63).
From the report, page 63: “The Action Plan has four key goals:
- Integrate the experiences of black Canadians into the curriculum
- Deliver bias and anti-racism professional development
- Engage with the community
- Inspire black student leadership and engagement”
Looking for more information on this action plan? Check out these:
CBC. Metro Morning. (October 24, 2016). Peel Black Students. Interview with host Matt Galloway and Poleen Grewel, Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Podcast.
Gordon. A. (October 23, 2016). Peel School Board launches plan to support black male students. Toronto Star.
Spencer, J. (October 21, 2016). Report Outlining Plight of Black Males in High School Lauanches Peel Board into Action. The Mississauga News, Metroland Media.
Spencer, J.(April 29 2016). Why the Peel Boards is Putting Black Male High School Students under the Microscope. The Mississauga News, Metroland Media.
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The Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) has introduced “a complementary online component to the Going Deeper rubric. Here you will find practical information, tips, resources and “Look Fors,” conveniently broken down into modules reflecting the rubric’s eight areas of focus. It’s all designed to help guide your board toward effective implementation of Equity and Inclusive Education in Ontario’s schools.
Here is the link to the site and rubric : http://equityinontarioschools.org/
Check out their Resources page for a comprehensive list of Ontario resources
This website is based on the eight Areas of Focus of Equity and Inclusive Education:
Submitted & tweeted by Natalie C., one of our fabulous librarians:
At the 2016 Ontario Library Association Superconference, Sheila Barry (Groundwood Books), Scott Robins (Toronto Public Library), Jenny Kay Dupuis (Hamilton-Wentworth DSB) and Fatma Faraj (Branksome Hall) led a lively discussion that touched on some of the best Canadian children’s books reflective of diverse populations and how librarians and instructors can promote and use these resources.
- When selecting materials, try to expand your concept of diversity to include different socioeconomic backgrounds, and types of families. Students want to see themselves, their families and community represented in the books they read.
- “Diversity” should refer not only to the stories we tell, but also to the authors & illustrators telling these stories.
- Diversity doesn’t have the be the primary theme of the books you select; diverse elements can be present without being overtly addressed.
How can you get started with diverse books?
Challenge students to read outside their comfort zone! Follow #ReadHarder on Twitter and host a Read Harder challenge at your own school featuring diverse books. Check out the 2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge for inspiration.
Integrate resources into your classroom. Work with your school Teacher Librarian to ensure these resources are easily available in the school library/learning commons and integrate the literature into your classroom programming/activities.
Review the #WeHaveDiverseBooks resources at this website : Annotated by educators Fatma Faraj and Larry Swartz, this guide contains K-12 book selections that reflect a number of key diversity themes, including Abilities, Religion, Culture & Celebrations, and Gender Identity and Expression. Browse categories of resources and reading lists at the 49th Shelf.
Check out these books recommended by the panel:
- Small Saul by Ashley Spires
- Oscar Lives Next Door: A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson’s Childhood by Bonnie Farmer
- I Like Who I Am by Tara White
- The Magician of Auschwitz by Kathy Kacer
- Little You by Richard Van Camp
For a more comprehensive recap of the discussion, view tweets from the session. And contact the Library for more information on culturally relevant – responsive literature and education.
Natalie C., Reference Librarian
Source – University of Winnipeg News Centre:
The final report of a national study, headed by Dr. Catherine Taylor, Professor (Education) at The University of Winnipeg — in partnership with The Manitoba Teachers’ Society — called The Every Teacher Project on LGBTQ*-inclusive Education in Canada’s K-12 Schools (*lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, Two-Spirit, queer and questioning) was released January 15, 2016.
Among the main findings are the following:
- The vast majority of teachers approve of LGBTQ-inclusive education
- Teachers in Catholic schools are only slightly less likely to approve, but much less likely to practice, LGBTQ-inclusive education
- Only 2% cited conflict with personal religious beliefs as holding them back
- 18% agreed that teachers should be able to opt out for religious reasons
- Among the main reasons given for not teaching in LGBTQ-inclusive ways were lack of leadership and resources
- Two-thirds were aware of teachers being harassed for being LGBTQ
- Almost all rated their school as safe but far fewer rated their school as safe for LGB or transgender students
Read the 180 page report here.
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