This Policy Brief looks at how to improve equity in education in three key policy domains: the design of education systems, practices both in and out of school, and resourcing. It proposes 10 steps which would help reduce school failure and dropout rates and make society fairer. Provides a global perspective. Written by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2008.
AboutFace seeks to advocate on behalf of those touched by facial differences. This organization is dedicated to changing attitudes and dispelling myths about facial differences in the media, school communities and the general public.
This handbook for educators is designed to increase awareness about barriers for people with disabilities in schools and other board facilities, and to review steps that can be taken to remove those barriers. By Halton District School Board, 2004.
This primer works well as a jumping off point for introducing the basic concepts underlying anti-oppression work such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism and more. To-the-point and useful. Written by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF).
Anti-oppression/pro-diversity web based tool that can be used to learn about various forms of oppression, and how to engage in anti-oppressive practice. A good jumping off point. Produced by Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), McMaster.
Autism Ontario is one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. This website has resources, programs, scholarships and links to relevant research studies.
This book (Blind Spot) explores the hidden biases that we all carry from a lifetime of experiences with social groups – age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, or nationality - and reviews how these may shape our likes and dislikes, and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential. Written by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald, 2013.
This article, which appeared in the Journal of Child and Youth Care, reviews the main tenants of an anti-oppression framework. Although written primarily for child social workers, many of the issues raised are relevant to the work of educators. Written by Paul Moore, 2001.
This online document proposes that students and their families can access the best of what schools offer if educators can communicate effectively with them, understand who they are and the cultural context from which they come, and perceive and treat them with respect. It goes on to present 4 main tools for developing cultural proficiency leadership skills. Excerpted from the book, Culturally Proficient Instruction, 2005.
This webpage provides links to organizations and resources working towards diversity and inclusiveness in Canada. Useful backgrounder on social inclusion. Compiled by the Ontario Healthy Communities’ Coalition.
This document provides ideas and strategies for recognizing and including differences in the classroom and establishing a climate of equity. Written by Paul C. Gorski.
This booklet recognizes language as a powerful tool that is critical in shapping and reflecting our thoughts, feelings and beliefs. It considers how thoughtful language choice can be used to challenge stereotypes and change attitudes. By the Halton District School Board, 2007.
This article reviews the concept of intersectionality as an important tool for analysis and advocacy that addresses multiple forms of discrimination. Helps readers understand how different sets of identities impact on access to rights and opportunities. By the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, 2004.
This annual report measures Canada’s progress in achieving a fully inclusive society for people with intellectual disabilities. Identifies successful policies and practices and provides indicators demonstrating both accomplishments and ongoing challenges. By the Canadian Association for Community living, 2008.
This document identifies the core principals of Ontario's equity and inclusive education strategy. The full policy is available on the Ontario Ministry of Education's website.
This webiste includes more than 2,000 links to prejudice-related resources, as well as searchable databases with hundreds of prejudice researchers and social justice organizations. The Teacher's corner pulls out resources of particular relevence to educators.
This article discusses ways teachers can encourage respect for diversity and the healthy development of positive identities. The authors recommend teaching diversity by weaving equity issues into the fabric of children's everyday lives. By Janet Gonzalez-Mena and Dora Pulido-Tobiassen, 1999.
The subtitle of this article notes that it is about translating an anti-oppression approach into practice. The author eflects on the importance of social justice education and discusses methods of application for Canadian teachers. Written by Deirdre Kelly.