Flagship diversity training for school system leaders, 2006 to present
The province of Ontario has embarked on a bold plan to become the best publicly funded education system in the world, with inclusion as foundational to the delivery of high-quality instruction for all learners. Leadership and leaders with vision are critical to bringing the Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy to life in schools and school boards.
Creating environments where all people feel they matter and belong, however, is a challenging task for organizations. All humans have unconscious bias that becomes magnified within organizations to create barriers that are often invisible. Furthermore, neuroscience research reveals that our day-to-day behaviour is dictated – contrary to popular belief – by how we feel rather than what we think. Emotions, invisible and controlling, are rooted in the unconscious mind and frequently impact our actions without our awareness, especially when dealing with issues of diversity.
Emotional intelligence and bias management skills are essential for system leaders to address diversity issues at this subtle, systemic level. Educators need competencies to navigate the thorny emotional terrain of difference.
The award-winning Deep Diversity Institute skillfully integrates emotional intelligence with bias management and leadership development to offer an experiential, holistic and non-dogmatic approach to issues of equity and inclusion. Developed by Anima Leadership, the institute has been offered across Canada to rave reviews by educators. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the program been modified to support school system leaders—principals, vice-principals, superintendents and trustees—to deepen the understanding and skills needed to implement Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education strategy.
~ Catherine Portt, Assistant Superintendent, Hastings Prince Edward District School Board
~ Marc Coates, Vice Principal, Lambton Kent District School Board
~ Jennifer Oussoren, Superior-Greenstone District School Board
~ Christopher Conquer, Principal Lead, Keewatin-Patricia District School Board