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 support effective implementation of amendments to the
Education Act made through the Accepting Schools Act and related provincial initiatives including Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education and Safe Schools Strategies. The modules are also intended 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 other staff on bullying prevention and strategies 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
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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