Public board hosts equity symposium

Teachers and students from four school boards will be at the education centre in Midhurst for an Equity in Action symposium, Friday, March 2.
The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) will host about 250 students and 50 teachers from the four boards, including itself. Other boards scheduled to participate are the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, the Bluewater District School Board, and the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board.
Symposium attendees will explore equity and inclusion issues in their schools and communities.
The symposium will present students a platform from which to meet like-minded people and discuss issues relevant to their schools and communities, says Denise Cole, Itinerant Resource Teacher – Equity and Inclusion, SCDSB.
“Students will also take part in engaging and dynamic workshops hosted by a diverse group of presenters from our schools and community, and watch a dramatic performance by the group Elevated Grounds.”
Secondary schools from participating boards can bring along five students who have shown leadership and interest in equity and inclusion issues, and one teacher who has shown the same qualities.
The SCDSB endeavours, says education director Kathi Wallace, to include all students in available educational opportunities and activities.
“It is important to create welcoming and inclusive environments where everyone is able to successfully learn and work.”
Read the board’s Equity and Inclusive Education policy here.
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