Fostering Safe, Inclusive and Accepting Schools

Welcome to the Ontario Education Service Corporation's (OESC's) professional learning modules to support safe, inclusive and accepting schools across Ontario. The modules are intended to supp​ort effective implementation of amendments to the Education Act made through the Accepting Schools Act an​d related provincial initiatives including Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education and Safe Schools Strategies. The modules are also inten​ded to support the goals outlined in Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario (2014). 

School boards are required to provide annual professional development for teachers and othe​​r staff on bullying prevention and strategie​s for promoting positive school climate. The modules are intended to assist boards in meeting this requirement. While the modules focus on providing safe, inclusive and accepting schools for all students, they include a particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) students. 

There are six modules in total, each of which addresses a specific area of focus related to fostering safe, inclusive and accepting schools. Four versions of the modules have been developed for use in Ontario’s four publicly-funded school systems including English Public, French Public, English Catholic and French Catholic. They are designed to give you options for creating professional learning sessions that best respond to the needs of your audience and to reflect local school/board contexts.​

The modules include slide presentations, activities/handouts, and case studies and links to further resources. The Facilitator Guide provides speakers' notes, activity instructions, tools and tips to support effective facilitation and a Glossary of Terms and Concepts.

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