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Inclusion

 
​Ensuring an equitable and inclusive environment is a fundamental component for a student’s academic success. Learn about tools that help to promote inclusivity.

All student populations are diverse. Ensuring an equitable and inclusive environment is a key factor in ensuring a student’s academic success. Diversity is anything that makes us different from another person, such as:

  • Culture or country of origin
  • Faith
  • Gender
  • Mental/physical ability
  • Literacy/educational level
  • Age
  • Sexual orientation
  • Economic circumstances

The following tools and resources can help school health professionals to create inclusive school communities.

Our Kids Network (external link) A partnership of organizations and agencies across Halton Region that serves children and youth. Halton Region-based research reports (external link) and neighbourhood profiles are also available.
Social Profile of Halton (PDF file) A 2009 report (based on 2006 census data) on social profile / demographics of Halton Region residents.

General resources

Growing up in a new land: Strategies for working with newcomer families (PDF file) Resource to support professionals working with newcomer families. Focus on families with children 0 - 6 years of age.
Hold On to Your Home Language (PDF file) Information for parents and professionals about dual language learning.
Multifaith Calendar Significant religious dates of the top six world religions / faith groups that have members in Halton Region.

Lesson plans / learning modules

Multicultural lesson plans (external link) Links to multicultural lesson plans and other resources for educators.
Safe@School (external link) Resources and professional learning modules for educators that focus on bullying prevention and equity and inclusive education.

Policy development

Guidelines for Policy Development and Implementation: Equity and Inclusive Education in Ontario Schools (PDF file) Guide to help Ontario school boards develop, implement, monitor, and review equity and inclusive education policies.

Programs

Police Ethnic and Cultural Education Youth Leadership Program (PEACE) (external link) Eleven-week program offered to Halton Region high school students by the Halton Regional Police Service. Designed to promote understanding and cultural awareness.

Sexuality resources

Halton Organization for Pride and Education (HOPE) (external link) Provides positive-space training and support to the LGBTQ community in Halton Region.
My GSA (Gay, Straight Alliance) (external link) Tools and resources to create a school community where all students are valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity / expression.

Special needs

Halton Children with Special Needs Program Regional program that provides programs and services for children who are at risk or demonstrate a developmental delay.
OPHEA’s Inclusion Resources (external link) Resources to help educators and community leaders offer physical activity programs that are inclusive to children with disabilities.
Halton Multicultural Council (external link) Settlement agency that provides programs and services to immigrant and refugee communities in Halton Region.
The Centre for Skills Development and Training (external link) Supports newcomers with settling in the community, finding work in their field and improving language skills.
Settlement.org (external link) Online resource designed to link newcomers to resources in Ontario.
Halton Catholic District School Board: New to Canada Information (external link) Information from the HCDSB for parents who are new to Canada.
Halton District School Board: New to Canada Information (external link) Information from the HDSB for parents who are new to Canada.
People for Education's Multilingual Tip Sheets on the Education System (external link) Translated information to help parents understand how things work in schools and how to help their child succeed. Available in 19 languages.
Peel District School Board: Helping Your Child be Successful in School (external link) Information for parents on how to help their child succeed in school. Website and tips for parents can be viewed in multiple languages.
Dufferin–Peel Catholic District School Board: Adult and Continuing Education (external link) Listing of adult education opportunities including ESL, FSL, Citizenship and LINC classes.
Welcome Here Multilingual Parent Resource Sheets (external link) Tip sheets for parents of young children. Available in 14 languages.
Halton Region - Newcomer Portal (external link) Information for newcomers to Halton Region, including resources for refugee resettlement and immigration news.
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