Date
18 July 2019

Demonstrate a commitment to inclusion

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Leading with moral purpose’

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Communicate your vision

Communicate your vision

In ordinary language, Dennis Slowley talks about the responsibility of schools to provide a learning environment thats welcome and support all children.

Video hosted on Youtube http://youtu.be/jM653D52tQs

Make visible your expectations

Make visible your expectations

Clearly articulate what students, whānau and the community can expect of your inclusive school.

As a school we:

  • welcome and enrol every student who wants to attend
  • take an interest in every student and their whānau
  • respect and value the diversity and variability every student brings
  • provide equitable opportunities for all students
  • recognise and meet the learning and wellbeing needs of all students.

Source: Adapted from Success for All – Every school, every child, Ministry of Education 2014 (opens in a new tab/window)

Adopt a framework

Adopt a framework

The inclusive practices in a school only evolve coherently by design.

Universal Design for Learning is a framework that can help.

Foster collective responsibility

Foster collective responsibility

"Collective responsibility means more than just planning collaboratively or sharing good practice"

Hargreaves and Braun

Reflection questions

Reflection questions

Discuss the following questions with colleagues.

  • What understandings of diversity are operating in your school?
  • To what extent do your school’s assumptions and expectations about students open up or shut down opportunities for students to learn?
  • What are you doing strategically that values and addresses diversity?

Source: Using Best Evidence Syntheses to assist in making a bigger difference for diverse learners (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Using Best Evidence Syntheses to assist in making a bigger difference for diverse learners

Read time: 30 min

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Visit website

File

Leadership in the development of inclusive school communities

Read time: 10 min

Publisher: New Zealand Educational Administration & Leadership Society

Download PDF (249 KB)

Website

The meaning of inclusion? Index for Inclusion

Read time: 3 min

Publisher: Index for Inclusion Network

Visit website

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Leading with moral purpose”:

Return to the guide “Leading schools that include all learners ”

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