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Saanich School District Educator Recognized with National Inclusive Education Award

Dale Jarvis awarded National Inclusive Education Award for her leadership in ensuring that all students are engaged learners and contributors to their school community.

Dale Jarvis, Vice Principal of Sidney Elementary School, will be receiving a National Inclusive Education Award from the Canadian Association for Community Living and Inclusion BC. Ms. Jarvis is being honoured for her dedication to inclusive classroom practices that inspire an atmosphere of belonging for all learners.

Ms. Jarvis is Vice-Principal as well as a classroom teacher at Sidney Elementary, where she ensures that the classroom environment is both physically and emotionally welcoming. For example, Ms. Jarvis’ classroom inspires a calm atmosphere by using comfortable bean bag chairs, plants, and sensory objects for those who need them rather than the traditional row of desks. As an advocate for inclusion for all learners, she ensures that every child is valued for the strengths and gifts that each one brings to the classroom and takes the time to listen to each child.

Ms. Jarvis has broken through the traditional confines of educating children by building in creative flexibility in all aspects of school life.

A parent has this to say about Ms. Jarvis; “Our daughter has actively participated in several extracurricular activities and Dale’s assertion about her abilities during transition to middle school were integral in setting the stage for her ongoing inclusion and success.”

Regarding Ms. Jarvis’ work supporting diverse learners this parent says, “She is sharing her learning so that other professionals are coming to think differently about these experiences for children and families.”

Ms. Jarvis will receive the award at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre on June 12, 2014 at 8:30am as part of the Inclusion BC conference. Media are welcome to attend.



Karen DeLong, Director of Community Development
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