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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Creating Positive School Cultures
Researchers have found that a positive school climate can help solve problems like bullying, teacher burnout, disengaged students, and more.
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.”
“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”
Stephen R. Covey