Avon Maitland students will learn more about how to celebrate and include one another at an upcoming student symposium.
At the Stratford Rotary Complex in Stratford on Friday, February 26th from 9:00am to 2:30pm., Avon Maitland’s 2nd Annual ‘Learning Together’ symposium will help students recognize the diverse learning needs in their classrooms and work to strengthen school teams working on creating ‘positive inclusive environments’ within their school community.
Participants will have an opportunity to listen and learn from their peers as well as the keynote speaker for the event, Nick Foley.
Nick Foley is the founder of ‘Celebrate the Hero’ and ‘Move for Inclusion’. Both are initiatives that motivate and empower people of all ages to make a difference by propagating good through action.
Nick pulls from life experience from his teaching career in England and his travels in Europe, as well as his athletic background, when designing and facilitating programs. He is driven by the desire to perpetuate an environment of self-worth, acceptance, and empowerment in communities, schools, businesses, and families.
School teams, made up of staff and students of all abilities, will collaborate throughout the day on starting or continuing student-driven initiatives to raise awareness and support of inclusive education.
“We look forward to hosting 150 participants this year,” states Amy Kipfer, Learning for All Coordinator. “Teams of students from all 9 Secondary Schools will come together to further the cause of inclusion within their schools and, ultimately, our society.”
Please see an inspiring perspective on inclusion from Stratford Northwestern student Kaitlinn Shaw:
The following is a video from last year’s symposium: