Understanding & Responding to the Larger Societal Context
a. advocates for the needs and interests of children and youth;
b. demonstrates a knowledge of local, national, and global issues and trends related to education;
c. assesses and responds to the unique and diverse community needs in the context of the school’s vision and mission; and
d. advocates for the community’s support of the school and the larger education system.
Inclusion is not just about learners with special needs. It is an attitude and approach that embraces diversity and learner differences and promotes equal opportunities for all learners in Alberta.
At ELJHS we support all learners and have a core belief that everyone needs a place to feel like they belong. Inside the classroom we have supports for struggling kids, excelling kids, kids with social-emotional needs, and kids who learn differently. Many of these nuances are identified through our CRM process, where we work as a team to meet their needs. Some of the ways we meet these needs are through:
- School Social Worker
- QSA group (see below)
- 2 Rivers Clan (Cree Elder visits)
- Read 180
- Best of You program- self esteem program (tutorials)
- Leadership class
- Rec Leadership
- Enrichment (tutorials)
- New House System for 2019-2020 (see below)
- Robust athletics program
- cross country running, golf, badminton, basketball, volleyball, curling, track and field, baseball option, hockey option, study of sports option, intramural aports.
Advocating for Community Support
I'm so proud to have been a part of the The Family Literacy Project at ELUE. I was able to work with Sonja Dykslag and many other dedicated staff members to make this COMMUNITY project a huge success. With sponsorship from local businesses, we were able to give every family a copy of "The Good Dog". Together, we developed a home reading program in which the families of our students took to and ran with. We played games, had trivia and even a Skype-in with the author Avi!
We need diversity of thought in the new world to face the new challenges. -Tim Berners-Lee
I have been and always will be an advocate for all of our students. I will always promote diversity as it is what makes us beautifully Canadian. Celebrating all our differences and making sure that all of our students feel valued, safe and represented is very close to my heart.