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Social Justice Classroom Mandate
In My Classroom, I:
• Work to provide classroom materials and activities that represent the diversity, backgrounds, and experiences of students;
• Use "teachable moments" to address non-inclusive, disrespectful, or discrminatory classroom behaviours;
• Use inclusive and respectful language and approaches in all interactions with students, parents and families;
• Demonstrate a belief that all students can learn and a commitment to meeting the needs of all students in diverse ways;
• Communicate and work effectively with a diverse range of parents and families;
• Understand that equity and inclusive education principles apply to every student and not just to a group of certain students;
• Assume responsibility for examining and taking steps to modify personal beliefs and biases that are inconsistent with equity and inclusive educaiton pricinples.
More Than a Play (a publication of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)
“All aspects of the school environment .... Should draw on and validate the linguistic and ethnocultural diversity of the community”.
“Even schools that serve predominantly white English-speaking communities need to help all students and parents to value diversity and interact effectively with people whose background is different from their own, because multilingualism and multiculturalism are realities in Canadian society and in the world.”