Becoming an UNESCO ASPnet School

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Transcript Becoming an UNESCO ASPnet School

Building Inclusive Schools
Jacqueline Skytt
Coordinator Professional Development, ATA
Session Objectives
• Discuss the need to develop inclusive
schools and peace education
• Provide an overview of the UNESCO
ASPnet project and accreditation process
• Feature activities of two UNESCO ASPnet
schools
• Provide information on resources and
supports for ASPnet schools.
Agenda
1. Why Inclusive Schools and Peace Education?
2. What is UNESCO ASPnet?
3. What are the benefits?
4. How can you get involved?
ATA Diversity, Equity and Human
Rights Committee
• Studies, advises and makes recommendations
on issues of diversity, equity and human rights
(DEHR)
• Facilitates action by Local related to DEHR
• Produces Just in Time electronic newsletter
• Provides print and web-based information and
resources
• Supports the work of its sub-committees
Sub-Committees
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Aboriginal
Education
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Gender
Equity
3
Sexual
Orientation
And
Gender
Identity
4
UNESCO
Associated
Schools
Project
Network
Why inclusive schools and
peace education?
The Alberta Teachers’ Association
believes that every child has the right to
be taught in an inclusive environment
that is safe and caring,
respects diversity and the rights of all
persons, and provides equitable
opportunities for success.
Inclusive Learning Communities
• Respect diversity, equity and human rights
• Support the intellectual, social, physical,
emotional and spiritual development of
each child
• Respect for the values of cooperation,
trust, caring, sharing, rights and
responsibilities
• Commitment to racial harmony and
gender equality
Inclusive Learning Communities
• Support for First Nations, Métis and Inuit
education
• Support for initiatives that address the
effects of poverty on children
• Commit to peace, global education and
violence prevention and,
• Promote sustainable school, family and
community partnerships.
Peace Education:
teaching individuals the
information, attitudes, values
and behavioural competencies
needed to resolve conflict
without violence and
to build mutually beneficial,
harmonious relationships
Major reasons for peace education
• To give students the competencies and
values they need to build and maintain
peace in their
– Families
– Peer group
– Community
– Workplace
– Country
– World
– And within themselves.
Major reasons for peace education
• To constructively deal with the aftermath of
war and the presence of violence in our
daily lives
– Increased violence and aggression
– To ensure that previously warring groups live
together in harmony
– Immigrant children from war-torn countries
who have experienced are socialized into a
peaceful, democratic society.
Major reasons for peace education
• The social and environmental problems in
the world now and in the future require all
people to collaboratively work together to
achieve the necessary solutions
– HIV and AIDs
– Global warming
– Pollution
Peace Education
Cognitive
Affective
Behavioural
7 Worlds of Moral Education
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Character Education
Cultural Education
Caring Community
Peace Education
• Social Action
• Just Community
• Ethical Inquiry
Moral Education
• The most popular form of moral education
is character education
• Character education is however, the most
limited vision of moral education
• The other six moral worlds hold more
humane, imaginative, and profound
visions of moral education.
P Joseph & S Efron, 2005
What is UNESCO ASPnet?
UNESCO ASPnet
United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization
Associated Schools Project
Network
UNESCO ASPnet
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Established by UNESCO in 1953
More than 7000 schools in 172 countries
Canada joined UNESCO ASPnet in 2001
The ATA is the coordinating body for
ASPnet in Alberta
• The ATA has partnered with the Society for
Safe and Caring Schools and
Communities to implement ASPnet
UNESCO ASPnet
• ASPnet school projects are designed to
prepare students to address the
challenges of an increasingly diverse,
complex and interdependent world.
UNESCO Four Pillars of Learning
1. Learning to know
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Aware of world issues and their solutions
2. Learning to do
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Active involvement in solution building
3. Learning to be
– Development of attitudes and commitment
to global citizenship
4. Learning to live together
– Demonstrating respect for self and others
UNESCO ASPnet
• ASPnet students and teachers work
together to develop innovative educational
projects at the school, community,
provincial and global levels.
APSnet Integrated Themes
• Human Rights, Democracy and
Acceptance
• Intercultural Learning
• Environmental Concerns
• World Concerns and the Role of the
United Nations
Human Rights, Democracy and
Acceptance
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Human Rights Day
Diversity Day
Photo Exhibit Celebrating Diversity
Anti-racism Education
Intercultural Learning
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International Student Club
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education
New Student Welcome Buddies
International School Partnerships
Environmental Concerns
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Earth Day
Community Clean-up
Recycling Partners
Wetlands Project
Tree Planting
World Concerns and the Role of the
United Nations
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Terry Fox Run
Community Hampers
Students for Change Conference
World Poverty Education
Disaster Relief Projects
What are the benefits?
Why become an ASPnet school?
• Support student inquiry and social studies
curriculum
• Practical application of provincial
Character and Citizenship Education
• Active learning about world concerns
Why become an ASPnet school?
• Making a difference locally and globally
• Development global citizens for the future
• Contributing to the development of a
peaceful society
UNESCO ASPnet
• Schools in ASPnet can work towards
provincial, national and global
accreditation levels
Accreditation Process
Provincial
Candidate
National
International
Provincial Candidate Schools
• Build support and commitment among
school community members
• Integrate UNESCO themes into school
curricular and extra-curriculuar projects
• Build a school culture that reflects
UNESCO ideals
• Build community partnerships
• Report annual to provincial coordinator
National Accreditation
• Provide documentation of commitment from
school community members
• 2 years of documented efforts to integrate
UNESCO ideals
• 2 years of documented efforts to build school
culture
• 2 years of documented community collaboration
• Minimum of 2 years as candidate school
• Submit 2 years of annual reports via provincial
coordinators to national level
International Accreditation
• Provide documentation of commitment from
school community members
• 2 years of documented efforts to integrate
UNESCO ideals
• 2 years of documented efforts to build school
culture
• 2 years of documented community collaboration
• Minimum of 2 years at National level
• Submitted minimum of 2 annual reports via
provincial and national coordinators to
UNESCO Paris.
Resources to Support ASPnet
Alberta Education
• Character and Citizenship Education
• K-12 Social Students Program
• First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education
John Humphrey Centre
• Youth Guide to Canadian Charter of Rights
and Freedoms (bilingual)
• “Rights Under the Sun” student summer
camp
• Building World Peace: The Role of
Religions and Human Rights International
Conference, Edmonton, October 20-22, 06
Canadian Commission for UNESCO
• Associated Schools website
• Directory of International ASPnet schools
• Global connections
Society for Safe and Caring Schools and
Communities
• K-12 curriculum resources
• Diversity publications for teachers
• Becoming the Change We Want to See
Conference for student leaders, teachers
and community members, Edmonton,
June 01-02, 06
ATA
• DEHR website and ASPnet webpage
• Inclusive Learning Communities Grants up
to $2000
• Education is Our Buffalo: A First Nations,
Métis and Inuit Resource for Teachers
• Professional development workshops for
teachers
How can your school become involved?
• List all the relevant school activities
• Develop a committee of interested
teachers and students
• Complete the UNESCO ASPnet
application form
• Obtain the necessary support from school
community members
• Send application form to J Skytt, Provincial
ASPnet Coordinator, ATA
Questions?
Call Jacqueline Skytt at 1-800-232-7208 or
Edmonton area at 447-9400