An inclusive education system is a way of thinking and acting that demonstrates acceptance of, and belonging for, all students - regardless of their backgrounds, needs or abilities. It is founded on the belief that all children can learn and reach their full potential given opportunity, effective teaching and appropriate resources.
As a parent, you have a choice in the learning environment for your child with special education needs. A regular program at your designated school is the guaranteed point of entry and the first option considered and discussed.
Inclusive learning is more than just placing a student in a classroom with their peers - it’s about participating, belonging, being engaged in the learning process, and being welcomed and embraced in the classroom. In order to support the learning needs of all students in every school, we need to provide:
Policy: Inclusive Education (HA.BP)
Administrative Regulation: Students In Need of Specialized Supports and Services (HA.AR)
Created in 2011, the Inclusive Learning:Everyone’s In video series takes a candid and compelling look at how we’re building an inclusive education system at Edmonton Public Schools. It profiles nine district schools doing amazing work to create welcoming learning environments for all students – regardless of their background, needs or abilities. The videos shine a spotlight on how school communities are coming together to ensure diversity is fully embraced and nurtured within a culture that strives to help all kids feel a sense of self-worth and value.
The Inclusive Learning: Everyone's In Learning Guide is a companion to the video series and includes:
Supporting the success of all students is a responsibility that’s shared with parents and community members. Working together, we can help kids overcome their challenges, build on their strengths and realize their potential. Our Everyone’s In Tip Sheets (found in school newsletters and on SchoolZone throughout the year) highlight key topics that support our work around building inclusive environments. Learn how you can support our efforts to help your child thrive in inclusive environments not only at school, but also in their life outside of the classroom.
Supporting inclusive education calls for a wide range of partners to work together to achieve a common vision. The Inclusive Education Parent and Community Advisory Committee helps strengthen the District’s inclusive education system by:
The Committee is made up of two representatives from District administration and 10 members of the public – a balance of parents with children attending Edmonton Public Schools and other interested community members. Committee members serve a two-year term. Learn more in the advisory committee's Terms of Reference.
Have a question for the advisory committee? For all general inquiries, please email Darci.Lazarenko@epsb.ca.