As part of National Inclusive Education Month, the Provincial Government, through the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living, is inviting nominations for the 2020 Inclusive Education Award. Information on the award can be found at www.nlacl.ca with the deadline for submissions being April 9, 2020.
The Inclusive Education Award is presented annually to a K-12 school in Newfoundland and Labrador for outstanding efforts to develop and design classrooms, programs and activities so that all students can participate in all aspects of school life. The 2019 recipient was Roncalli Elementary.
The Provincial Government, through the Education Action Plan supports a number of inclusive education initiatives, including:
- A Responsive Teaching and Learning Policy that provides opportunity for early intervention and makes appropriate provision for all students;
- Teacher education programs and professional learning in the areas of exceptionalities; and
- Teaching and learning assistants, working under the direction of classroom teachers, to offer instructional support to all students.
Stemming from the Education Action Plan, a new student services policy is being phased in, aimed at addressing the needs of all students. Professional learning on inclusive education practices has been provided at all schools throughout the province.
“Inclusive education provides all students with the right to attend school with their peers, and to receive quality programming and instruction. The needs of students with exceptionalities is also a priority for our government. The department, school districts, and our educators continue to break down barriers and identify opportunities to implement proven approaches to teaching and learning for all students. I encourage students and teachers to celebrate inclusive education and apply for the Inclusive Education Award.”
Honourable Brian Warr
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development
“When all students are supported to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of school life, we set an example for inclusion in the greater community as well. Through inclusive education, all students learn together and we all benefit from the opportunity to learn about, and appreciate, others’ exceptionalities and abilities. The Inclusive Education Award is an excellent way to celebrate schools where inclusivity thrives, and where all students feel a sense of belonging.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development
“We are honored to partner with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development on the 2020 Inclusive Education Award. The level of interest in this award speaks to the great work happening in our schools and our administrators, teachers, students and parents are excited to showcase. Let’s continue to work together to make learning fun for all students.”
Executive Director of Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living
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