Outcome

16. All staff have the knowledge and skills required for effective implementation of the EIEP, and receive support for their professional growth (AOF7).

Planning

Boards and schools establish a plan to provide annual professional learning for teachers and other staff about bullying prevention and strategies for promoting positive school climates (per The Education Act). This may include building awareness and understanding of discrimination issues: racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, discrimination against persons with disabilities, faith discrimination and gender-based violence.

School and department staff participate in seminars to review and understand the Ministry’s requirements for boards concerning equity and inclusive education.

Internal and external resource persons are identified and engaged to provide professional learning in equity and inclusive education.

System leaders include equity and inclusive education in their professional growth plans, using a variety of resources (e.g., Safe@Schools, OHRC policies).

Effective Practice

Staff at all levels receive ongoing professional learning in equity and inclusive education.

Schools and departments draw on the experience and expertise of each other to enhance their knowledge, skills and practices in equity and inclusive education.

New Teacher Induction Programs (NTIP) provide professional learning in equity and inclusive education.

Student leaders engage in learning opportunities in equity and inclusive education.

System leaders encourage and facilitate professional growth opportunities for staff to develop knowledge and skills in equity and inclusive education.

Integration

Schools and departments establish a learning community approach to support shared learning among members of the school community.

Staff at all levels receive ongoing, staff-driven, and more intensive professional learning in specialized areas of diversity and inclusion and capacity building of individuals and of the system.

Schools and departments within a board identify and draw upon the experience and expertise of schools and departments of other boards to enhance their knowledge, skills and practices.

Students participate in leadership opportunities in equity and inclusive education to acquire the skills to serve as mentors and role models with their peers.