Inclusive Learning

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” — Malcolm Forbes



Local Champion: Ross Hodgson

Ross Hodgson is the Safe School Coordinator and drama teacher at Huron Park SS in Woodstock. He has championed inclusive learning, acceptance and innovative teaching techniques since 2008. His upbeat and personable nature makes everyone around him feel safe and included, allowing his students to thrive in a sometimes intimidating environment. Huron Park is lucky to have a dedicated champion like Ross on staff!

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Culture for Learning Blog

Learn about some of the cool classes at the Thames Valley District School Board that are focusing on building positive cultures and get inspired!

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Creating Positive School Cultures

Researchers have found that a positive school climate can help solve problems like bullying, teacher burnout, disengaged students, and more.


Do you have an idea to make learning better? Then the team at the XQ: The Super School Project, where the goal is to rethink what school really means, wants to hear from you.

What are the characteristics of a positive school climate?

Source: Ontario Ministry of Education

Students, staff members and parents feel – and are – safe, included and accepted.

All members of the school community demonstrate respect, fairness and kindness in their interactions, and build healthy relationships that are free from discrimination and harassment.

Students are encouraged and given support to be positive leaders and role models in their school community; for example, by speaking up about issues such as bullying.

Students, principals, staff members, parents and community members engage in open and ongoing dialogue. All partners are actively engaged.

Principles of equity and inclusive education are embedded across the curriculum. Strategies for bullying prevention and intervention and awareness-raising are reinforced for students and staff.

The learning environment, instructional materials, and teaching and assessment strategies reflect the diversity of all learners.

Every student is inspired and given support to succeed in an environment of high expectations.

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”

Ignacio Estrada

“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”

Stephen R. Covey

Mandi Fields


CTV London – Community Investments Email: Phone: 519-691-2883 x 383

Matthew Sereda


Thames Valley District School Board – Safe Schools Email: Phone: 519-452-2000 ext 20048