Learning Opportunity

The Respecting Diversity Program - Building Inclusive Communities

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Kelly Gibbs

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Mar 16, 2022 (4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MDT)
Day 2Mar 23, 2022 (4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MDT)
No charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-IE-134
Focus: Assessment Inclusive Education Other Curriculum Implementation and Pedagogy Leadership English Language Arts, Literacy and Literature

Target Audience

Teachers (K-6), Instructional Coaches, Learning Coaches, Inclusive Learning Teachers, District Leaders/Consultants, Educational/Instructional Assistants, Specialists who work directly with students, Para-educators and teams who serve children and youth

About this Learning Opportunity

We are all different; we learn differently, we eat different foods, we dress differently, we talk differently, we look different. How do we recognize why and how to be respectful of diversity?

This session focuses on building The Respecting Diversity Program in your classroom and in your school by giving students and staff the tools needed to highlight, recognize and respect the strengths and differences in ourselves and others…all while building personal self-awareness. Let's highlight the importance of social emotional learning by teaching students (and staff) to recognize and celebrate differences. Together we will build strong and inclusive communities

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

About the Facilitator

Kelly has spent her educational career supporting students with a variety of needs and supporting staff building instructional strategies. She wanted to know more about how students learn and why they had difficulty learning...so back to school she went! As a teacher and a Reading Specialist, Kelly holds a Masters degree from the University of Alberta in the area of language and literacy development and specialized assessment. She built her knowledge of UDL through her work at the University of Manitoba. Her work as a Consultant supported teachers in building inclusive practice in all divisions. She has in-depth experience doing professional development, with a focus on instructional strategies and implementation of such strategies. She has taught pre-service teachers at the University of Alberta for the past year. Kelly's joy has been found in supporting staff in the use of research-based strategies that make teaching and learning intentional and meaningful.