Who would think that one three letter word could cause so much controversy, challenge, and conflict but when used in a value statement or a statement of conditions it challenges us to reflect on the meaning and then how we are going to work toward attainment of that statement.
Consider the word “all” in one of the most powerful sentences in all of the English language:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” American Declaration of Independence
We could certainly suggest that this sentence was an anchor point behind two major wars, the American Revolution and the American Civil War. We could further state that in working toward an inclusive education system and by extension an inclusive society we are taking this statement to its natural conclusion. All students are entitled to a full and complete education experience that meets them where they are and works to maximize their experience within their abilities TOGETHER with peers.
Looking back on the work of Alberta Education’s consultation process can be helpful, sometimes we forget that the province has engaged in considerable consultation over the past several years and the direction toward an inclusive education system comes from that consultation with students, parents, educators, and the communities in which we live and work.
The mission statement of inclusive education captured from the Alberta Education video in this post below.
From the consultation period phase 2 Alberta Education provided this video along with several others for our consideration moving forward.
Alberta Education’s “Setting the Direction on Inclusion” Fact Sheet.
Among our many challenges then is working to together leveraging our skills as a professional learning community to develop and support each other in drawing out the best for ALL our students.
Instructional practice, differentiation, assessment, relationships with our students and parents are all impacted in an inclusive school setting.