RESPECT AND RECOGNITION To provide opportunities for all students to participate successfully in the cultural pluralism that is characteristic of 21st century Canada, principals shall:
ensure that learning environments are welcoming, supportive of diversity, and respectful of Canadian values and culture
respond to incidents of racism and cultural conflicts in accordance with district expectations
recognize the growth and achievement of English language learners
learn and utilize effective strategies for involving culturally and linguistically diverse families.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT To foster community involvement, the Administration shall:
provide information to schools about strategies for involving culturally and linguistically diverse families
establish partnerships with agencies and organizations that serve culturally and linguistically diverse families
assist schools in working with agencies and organizations that support culturally and linguistically diverse families
maintain a Cultural Diversity advisory committee.
STAFFING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT To build capacity, the Administration shall:
provide professional development to enhance cultural competency
provide professional development to support programming and instruction for English language learners
support the recruitment and retention of qualified staff with culturally diverse backgrounds to develop a workforce which reflects the communities.
ACHIEVEMENT To promote continuous student growth, the Administration shall:
track and analyze disaggregated achievement and high school completion data for English language learners to inform district actions
develop strategies and processes for communicating student achievement to culturally and linguistically diverse parents.
CURRICULUM To maximize opportunities for learning, principals shall ensure that staff:
provide English language learners with access to the Alberta Education curricula through culturally responsive programming that supports integrated language development and academic content learning, aligned with Provincial K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) Proficiency Benchmarks.
PROGRAMS AND PROGRAMMING To promote responsive programming, principals shall ensure that staff:
utilize appropriate assessment practices to inform programming and instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students
plan student programming that takes into account the students' backgrounds and current needs
maintain academic rigour, strength-based programming approaches, and high expectations for culturally and linguistically diverse students, and provide appropriate related support
utilize effective strategies for engaging parents to support student programming and achievement.
ASSESSMENT To effectively identify student needs, the Administration shall:
develop consistency in practices related to the identification and initial assessment of students who require English as a Second Language (ESL) programming
identify appropriate tools and processes for assessing English language learners student achievement and progress
identify culturally appropriate assessment instruments and practices and provide this information to school and district staff
ENHANCED SUPPORTS FOR LEARNING To encourage effective transitions (beginning school, school entry at all grade levels, between school divisions, and post high school) and school completion for English language learners, the Administration shall:
encourage collaboration/establishing links across central service decision units and with cultural communities, agencies, and organizations
encourage schools to utilize the District's Diversity Education and English Language Reception Centre resources, including the assistance of intercultural consultants and English as a Second Language (ESL) consultants, to support effective transitions for English language learners
establish links with employment and post-secondary agencies and organizations
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Edmonton Public Schools
Centre for Education
1 Kingsway NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 4G9 780-429-8000