Alberta’s education system is built on a values-based approach to accepting responsibility for all children and students. Alberta Education has laid out the following six principles as key to achieving Alberta’s vision for an inclusive education system. These principles guide and inform value-based and learner-centred decisions related to policies, practices, and actions in MHCBE.
Anticipate, value and support diversity and learner differences. Welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments create a sense of belonging for all learners and their families.
High expectations for all learners. Creating a culture of high expectations begins with an accessible curriculum and meaningful and relevant learning experiences. Educators and families act on the idea that, with the right instructional supports, every learner can be successful.
Understand learners’ strengths and needs. Meaningful data is gathered and shared at all levels of the system to understand and respond to the strengths and needs of individual learners.
Remove barriers within learning environments. All education partners work together to remove barriers within the learning environment so that all learners are successful and can participate in the school community.
Build capacity. School and system leaders, teachers, education professionals, families and community partners have ongoing opportunities, relationships and resources that develop, strengthen, and renew their understanding, skills, and abilities to create flexible and responsive learning environments. Capacity building takes place at the personal, school and system levels.
Collaborate for success. All education stakeholders, including school and system staff, families, and community partners are committed to collaboration to support the success of all learners.