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2024 Inclusive Education Awards Call for Nominees

In partnership with Inclusion Canada, Inclusion Saskatchewan is pleased to accept provincial nominations for the 2024 National Inclusive Education Awards. These awards recognize the outstanding contributions of those who support students with intellectual disabilities through their own application of the core values of inclusive education. 

What is Inclusive Education?

Education is inclusive when all people with intellectual disabilities are fully included with their peers in regular education, with appropriate supports from early childhood to post-secondary and life-long learning.

 

This is reflected when students with intellectual disabilities:

  • Attend regular classrooms with peers their own age at a school within their own neighbourhood or community.

  • Can take part in the same classes, activities, and extra-curricular opportunities as their classmates.

  • Receive the supports they need within the classroom, allowing them to benefit from social learning opportunities while participating meaningfully with their peers.

  • Are supported in reaching their highest potential in academics and in social and emotional skills. 

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What are the Inclusive Education Awards?

The Inclusive Education awards recognize those who demonstrate innovation, student-centered approaches, and dedication to the core values of inclusive education. We recognize that an inclusive education may look different for each student and each school. We align with Inclusive Education Canada’s framework of the goals and benefits of inclusive education when considering nominees.

This year, we will be awarding three candidates:

  • Inclusive Education’s School of the Year: Awarded to one school that fosters a community of inclusion among all staff and students.

  • Inclusive Education’s Teacher of the Year: Awarded to one teacher who strives to include every student through the framework of inclusive education.

  • The Dr. John Dolan Spirit of Inclusion Award: Awarded to a person or group that thinks outside of the box and promotes inclusion in education. Nominees may include educational assistants, team coaches, resource teachers, administrators, student groups, community members, and early childhood educators. If you’re unsure if someone may be eligible, please nominate them.

Award Winners

Winners will be invited to receive their awards at our annual banquet on June 1st in Saskatoon. They will also receive recognition across our social media platforms, and will be presented with a plaque and certificate. All nominees and winners will be celebrated though statements of congratulations in their school newsletters.

Nomination Forms

We welcome nominations from anyone, regardless of their role within education or their relationship to the nominee. Nominations are often submitted by parents, older students, colleagues, and community members. To submit a nomination, you will need to complete all of the following steps:

Step 1: Complete the nomination form. 

  • Include your own name, contact information, and relationship to the nominee.

  • Provide the nominee’s name(s), contact information, and professional title (if applicable). If submitting for a group of people (eg. a student group or for School of the Year), you will include only one name as the contact person.

  • Identify the name of the school and division of the person or group you’re nominating.

  • Write a few examples of how the person or group demonstrates the values of inclusive education.

  • For School of the Year nominees, you will also need to provide contact information for 2 additional references (at least one person between the nominator and the 2 references must be a parent).

Step 2 (optional): Submit up to 3 endorsements to demonstrate the work of your nominee.

We encourage you to include photo or video submissions, letters of recommendation, contact information for people to provide verbal references. These may be completed by colleagues, parents, students, or other community members, and should illustrate the ways that your nominee exemplifies the values of inclusive education. Please submit these by email to Brittanya@inclusionsk.com, including the name of your nominee within the email so that we can attach it to your online form submission.

Click the boxes below to nominate via online form. The forms cannot be saved, so please ensure you are able to complete it in one sitting. If you need to make other submission arrangements, email brittanya@inclusionsk.com.

 

All submissions must be received no later than February 29th, 2024.

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2023 Inclusive Education Award Recipients
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Patrick Winand

2023 Inclusive Teacher

Patrick serves as Vice-Principal, Learning Resource Teacher, and Classroom Teacher at Wakaw School in Horizon School Division. His dedication to continued learning is evident in all that he does, and his intersectional approaches ensure that each student is treated as an individual with unique needs to be met.

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King George Community School in Saskatoon

2023 Inclusive School

King George's leadership team, teachers, and support staff go above and beyond to ensure students are supported through strengths-based and family-centred approaches, often collaborating with community-based organizations to fill gaps both in the school and in students' homes and communities.

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Kristin Boyd

2023 Spirit of Inclusion

While acclimating to the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges faced by families of immune-compromised children, Kristin created an inclusive learning environment for students attending classes online across the province. She advocated for EA supports that students accessed virtually which created opportunities for students to connect and learn together through video calls.

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