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February is Inclusive Education Month. Nominate an Educator today!

To highlight National Inclusive Education Month, the inclusive education awards bring attention to the many positive examples of inclusive classrooms and schools across the country.

What is inclusive education?

Inclusive education means ensuring that all students are educated with their peers in regular classrooms, have equitable access to learning and achievement, and are welcomed, valued and supported in the education system. Inclusive education promotes participation, friendship and interaction in all aspects of school and community (e.g. teams, clubs).

Why do we celebrate?

To highlight National Inclusive Education Month and to bring attention to themany positive examples of inclusive classrooms and schools across the country, the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) has created a national certificate of recognition to be given to recipients who have made positive contributions to inclusive education in their province or territory.

Awards will be considered in the areas of early childhood, K-12 and post-secondary education. Winners will be announced at Inclusion BC's 2016 annual conference held in Prince George from June 22-24, 2016.

What are the nomination criteria?

An individual, team, organization (teachers, school, administrators, departments) that goes above and beyond what is expected in their role to initiate, inspire, promote, implement, support, advocate, develop or create unique opportunities that result in the enriched inclusive educational experiences of students with and without disabilities.

What are some indicators of successful inclusion?

Students are unconditionally accepted into all aspects of the life of the school, preschool, public school or the postsecondary education system. School is the foundation for inclusion.

  • The appropriate support to students and educators is provided to ensure that students can participate fully with their peers.
  • All students are seen for what they can do and build on that rather than focusing on what they cannot do. Limitations based on labels are removed.
  • Leadership that assumes everyone is a valued member of the school community.
  • Learning in regular classes with adaptations for everyone who needs it.
  • All students have lunch in the cafeteria; have the opportunity to be on teams, in clubs and performances. Inclusion extends beyond the classroom to all aspects of the educational experience.

View the online nomination form here.

The deadline for nominations is February 29, 2016.