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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Background Information on the Development of TCDSB’s Equity and Inclusive Education Policy



Toronto Catholic District School Board thanks all the students, staff, parents and members of the community who participated in the sessions and/or provided input.
‘That they may have life and have it to the full’ (St John) 
In June of 2009 the Ministry of Education released the Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy. The aim of the strategy is twofold:  
  • All students, parents, and other members of the school community are welcomed and respected.
  • Every student is supported and inspired to succeed in a culture of high expectations for learning.  (Ontario, Ministry of Education, 2009. pg 10)
As a Catholic School Board, we embrace these aims since the concept of equity and inclusion is much honoured within our Catholic faith.   
With respect to the Catholic tradition of inclusion, one need only look to the early Church where we learn how St. Paul and others worked to respect different traditions as they created a unified body.  St. Paul, writing to the community in Corinth, says: "Now you together are Christ's body; but each of you is a different part of it.” (1 Corinthians 2:27)  Later in writing to the Romans, St. Paul touches upon the theme of equity when he writes ‘Our gifts differ according to the grace given us' (Roman's 12:6). From these simple phrases  transcribed centuries ago flow our inherited Christian ethos of equity. 
Ultimately,  our aim  through the Equity and Inclusive Education policy and practise is to support an engaging Catholic  learning environment so that all students can feel empowered by what they are learning; supported by the teachers and staff from whom they are learning; and welcome in the environment in which they are learning.  
Source Documents for TCDSB's draft policy:
Ministry of Education Source Documents:
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