Education Week 2018: Equity in Action
The education community celebrates Education Week the first week of May each year. The theme this year is Equity in Action.
“Every student should have the opportunity to succeed personally and academically, regardless of background, identity or personal circumstances.” –Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan
This week, we look forward to featuring a few of the ways that the Avon Maitland District School Board is doing its part to implement the Equity Action Plan.
What you can expect to see this week:
- More information about equity in education
- Equity at AMDSB through alternative education options
- Equity and inclusion through gender-neutral language
- Equity through updates to Indigenous curriculum
- Highlights from some celebrations at our schools
See how AMDSB schools and others across Ontario are celebrating Education Week by following the Twitter hashtag #EdWeekOn2018.
Riverside Rural Learning
On the first day of Education Week: Equity in Action, we are featuring one of our newest programs, Riverside Rural Learning.
Riverside is a teacher-supported flexible learning option for 14- to 18-year-olds from rural and homeschooling families in Perth and Huron Counties. It removes barriers for families and cultures that traditionally have not attended secondary schooling by giving them access to free home study courses, cooperative education placements, small group learning and skills training.
The program grew out of the Community Based Alternative Secondary Education (CASE) program in the 2016-2017 school year. It was developed by CASE teachers who saw an opportunity to further engage and meet the educational needs of the Mennonite and homeschooling communities.
Students can choose to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma or take individual courses, depending on their learning and future goals.
Riverside student Chantelle Eby says, “I love this program because it gives me ultimate flexibility–I can do my schoolwork when it fits into my schedule best. Also, by doing co-op, I can explore different types of work to see what I would like to do in the future, and potentially determine my career.”
To learn more or to enroll, visit riversidelearning.ca.