We received a revised copy of Alberta Education's Inclusive Education Policy Framework at CASS in November, 2016.
Inclusive Education Policy Framework (Revised October 2016)
1. Vision and leadership
o Education leaders champion a shared vision of an inclusive education system, promote a culture of collaboration, and build capacity to anticipate, value and support the diverse needs of all learners in Alberta.
2. Learner-centered decision-making
o Educational decisions focus on the strengths, needs and interests of each learner.
3. Family Engagement
o Families have meaningful opportunities to participate in, contribute to, and support the educational success of their children.
4. Evidence-informed practice and professional learning
o Teachers, school and system leaders, other education professionals, and cross-ministry and community partners collaborate to develop and apply evidence-informed practices that enable them to create flexible learning environments and respond to and support diverse learning needs.
5. Inclusive Learning Environments and Supports
o Classroom teachers have the resources and supports to ensure that every learner receives quality instruction, participates in engaging learning experiences, and receives supports that address individual learning differences.
6. Shared responsibility for improved outcomes for all learners
o Building an inclusive education system in Alberta requires that all education stakeholders - including learners, families, school authorities, government and community partners - work together and share responsibility for improving outcomes for all learners.