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Becoming an UNESCO ASPnet School.ppt


									Building Inclusive Schools
               Jacqueline Skytt
  Coordinator Professional Development, ATA
          Session Objectives
• Discuss the need to develop inclusive
  schools and peace education
• Provide an overview of the UNESCO
  ASPnet project and accreditation process
• Feature activities of two UNESCO
  ASPnet schools
• Provide information on resources and
  supports for ASPnet schools.

1. Why Inclusive Schools and Peace Education?

2. What is UNESCO ASPnet?

3. What are the benefits?

4. How can you get involved?
   ATA Diversity, Equity and Human
          Rights Committee
• Studies, advises and makes recommendations
  on issues of diversity, equity and human rights
• Facilitates action by Local related to DEHR
• Produces Just in Time electronic newsletter
• Provides print and web-based information and
• Supports the work of its sub-committees

   1            2       3             4

Aboriginal     Gender   Sexual        UNESCO
Education      Equity   Orientation   Associated
                        And           Schools
                        Gender        Project
                        Identity      Network
Why inclusive schools and
   peace education?
  The Alberta Teachers’ Association
believes that every child has the right to
 be taught in an inclusive environment
         that is safe and caring,
 respects diversity and the rights of all
    persons, and provides equitable
       opportunities for success.
  Inclusive Learning Communities
• Respect diversity, equity and human rights
• Support the intellectual, social, physical,
  emotional and spiritual development of
  each child
• Respect for the values of cooperation,
  trust, caring, sharing, rights and
• Commitment to racial harmony and
  gender equality
  Inclusive Learning Communities
• Support for First Nations, Métis and Inuit
• Support for initiatives that address the
  effects of poverty on children
• Commit to peace, global education and
  violence prevention and,
• Promote sustainable school, family and
  community partnerships.
Peace Education:
teaching individuals the
information, attitudes, values
and behavioural competencies
needed to resolve conflict
without violence and
to build mutually beneficial,
harmonious relationships
 Major reasons for peace education
• To give students the competencies and
  values they need to build and maintain
  peace in their
  – Families
  – Peer group
  – Community
  – Workplace
  – Country
  – World
  – And within themselves.
 Major reasons for peace education
• To constructively deal with the aftermath
  of war and the presence of violence in our
  daily lives
  – Increased violence and aggression
  – To ensure that previously warring groups live
    together in harmony
  – Immigrant children from war-torn countries
    who have experienced are socialized into a
    peaceful, democratic society.
 Major reasons for peace education
• The social and environmental problems in
  the world now and in the future require all
  people to collaboratively work together to
  achieve the necessary solutions
  – HIV and AIDs
  – Global warming
  – Pollution
        Peace Education

Cognitive   Affective   Behavioural
      7 Worlds of Moral Education
•   Character Education   • Social Action
•   Cultural Education    • Just Community
•   Caring Community      • Ethical Inquiry
•   Peace Education
           Moral Education
• The most popular form of moral education
  is character education
• Character education is however, the most
  limited vision of moral education
• The other six moral worlds hold more
  humane, imaginative, and profound
  visions of moral education.
                    P Joseph & S Efron, 2005
What is UNESCO ASPnet?
       UNESCO ASPnet
    United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization
     Associated Schools Project
           UNESCO ASPnet
• Established by UNESCO in 1953
• More than 7000 schools in 172 countries
• Canada joined UNESCO ASPnet in 2001
• The ATA is the coordinating body for
  ASPnet in Alberta
• The ATA has partnered with the Society
  for Safe and Caring Schools and
  Communities to implement ASPnet
           UNESCO ASPnet
• ASPnet school projects are designed to
  prepare students to address the
  challenges of an increasingly diverse,
  complex and interdependent world.
 UNESCO Four Pillars of Learning
1. Learning to know
  •   Aware of world issues and their solutions
2. Learning to do
  •   Active involvement in solution building
3. Learning to be
  – Development of attitudes and commitment
    to global citizenship
4. Learning to live together
  – Demonstrating respect for self and others
           UNESCO ASPnet
• ASPnet students and teachers work
  together to develop innovative educational
  projects at the school, community,
  provincial and global levels.
     APSnet Integrated Themes
• Human Rights, Democracy and
• Intercultural Learning
• Environmental Concerns
• World Concerns and the Role of the
  United Nations
       Human Rights, Democracy and
•   Human Rights Day
•   Diversity Day
•   Photo Exhibit Celebrating Diversity
•   Anti-racism Education
          Intercultural Learning
•   International Student Club
•   First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education
•   New Student Welcome Buddies
•   International School Partnerships
        Environmental Concerns
•   Earth Day
•   Community Clean-up
•   Recycling Partners
•   Wetlands Project
•   Tree Planting
    World Concerns and the Role of the
            United Nations

•   Terry Fox Run
•   Community Hampers
•   Students for Change Conference
•   World Poverty Education
•   Disaster Relief Projects
What are the benefits?
   Why become an ASPnet school?
• Support student inquiry and social studies
• Practical application of provincial
  Character and Citizenship Education
• Active learning about world concerns
   Why become an ASPnet school?
• Making a difference locally and globally
• Development global citizens for the future
• Contributing to the development of a
  peaceful society
          UNESCO ASPnet
• Schools in ASPnet can work towards
  provincial, national and global
  accreditation levels
   Accreditation Process

             National   International
    Provincial Candidate Schools
• Build support and commitment among
  school community members
• Integrate UNESCO themes into school
  curricular and extra-curriculuar projects
• Build a school culture that reflects
  UNESCO ideals
• Build community partnerships
• Report annual to provincial coordinator
         National Accreditation
• Provide documentation of commitment from
  school community members
• 2 years of documented efforts to integrate
  UNESCO ideals
• 2 years of documented efforts to build school
• 2 years of documented community collaboration
• Minimum of 2 years as candidate school
• Submit 2 years of annual reports via provincial
  coordinators to national level
      International Accreditation
• Provide documentation of commitment from
  school community members
• 2 years of documented efforts to integrate
  UNESCO ideals
• 2 years of documented efforts to build school
• 2 years of documented community collaboration
• Minimum of 2 years at National level
• Submitted minimum of 2 annual reports via
  provincial and national coordinators to
  UNESCO Paris.
Resources to Support ASPnet
           Alberta Education
• Character and Citizenship Education
• K-12 Social Students Program
• First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education
       John Humphrey Centre
• Youth Guide to Canadian Charter of
  Rights and Freedoms (bilingual)
• “Rights Under the Sun” student summer
• Building World Peace: The Role of
  Religions and Human Rights International
  Conference, Edmonton, October 20-22, 06
Canadian Commission for UNESCO
• Associated Schools website
• Directory of International ASPnet schools
• Global connections
  Society for Safe and Caring Schools
           and Communities
• K-12 curriculum resources
• Diversity publications for teachers
• Becoming the Change We Want to See
  Conference for student leaders, teachers
  and community members, Edmonton,
  June 01-02, 06
• DEHR website and ASPnet webpage
• Inclusive Learning Communities Grants up
  to $2000
• Education is Our Buffalo: A First Nations,
  Métis and Inuit Resource for Teachers
• Professional development workshops for
 How can your school become involved?
• List all the relevant school activities
• Develop a committee of interested
  teachers and students
• Complete the UNESCO ASPnet
  application form
• Obtain the necessary support from school
  community members
• Send application form to J Skytt, Provincial
  ASPnet Coordinator, ATA
Call Jacqueline Skytt at 1-800-232-7208 or
       Edmonton area at 447-9400

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