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Restoring Inclusive Education in BC's Public Schools

Summary: 
Report on the March 16, 2017 Inclusive Education Forum co-hosted in Vancouver by Inclusion BC and the Family Support Institute.

 

New Westminster, BC - The landmark 2016 Supreme Court decision restoring BC teacher contract provisions will drive provincial re-investment in public schools and special education.

On March 16, 2017, Inclusion BC and the Family Support Institute co-hosted a public forum in Vancouver to start a dialogue on the opportunities and risks this presents, with an exploration of best practices and tools to support rebuilding of inclusive education.

Presenters included BC Teachers’ Federation researcher (and parent) Sherri Brown, Positive Behaviour Support consultant Don Chapman, Richmond Director of Learning Services Richard Steward, parent Cyndi Gerlach and Arden Duncan Bonokoski from Steps Forward. The panel was live-streamed and was followed by an open discussion with over 60 in-person and virtual attendees.

Insights from the March Forum will inform our ongoing work and advocacy to strengthen inclusive education in BC, with next steps including our Inclusive Education Summit on June 14, 2017 in Richmond, BC