Inclusive Education: Communities of Belonging (Chilliwack, Blended)

OVERVIEW

This online Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) program, developed in partnership with School District #33, Chilliwack, is designed for educators interested in deepening their understanding of Inclusive Education, with a focus on Indigenous approaches to building and nourishing inclusion and belonging in school settings, while engaging in a professional learning community focused on sustained reflective inquiry into school-based practice.

GDE programs are developed in collaboration with British Columbia school districts for educators whose primary focus is school-based practice within BC. This blended program, combining online and in-person learning, focuses on British Columbia’s Ministry of Education K-12 curriculum and highlights ways to engage with curriculum through inclusive, experiential, and relational pedagogies, in order to foster learning environments where all members feel that they belong and can participate in meaningful ways. The program highlights inclusion as a right and diversity as a strength.

Our programs allow you to “live the work” in a collaborative learning community, with the support of colleagues, mentors, and instructors. Our cohorts tend to attract educators with a range of experiences and backgrounds, including new teachers and TTOCs. Join us for this unique opportunity to connect with educators who share your curiosity and passion for building belonging in your educational communities.

This program provides qualification* for support teaching roles within the Chilliwack School District. 

*Please contact SD33 Human Resources for more information about Learning Support qualifications.

PROGRAM THEMES

  • Exploring developmental, Indigenous, and compassionate approaches to inclusive education
  • Connecting educational purposes, beliefs, values, and practices
  • Examining theories, principles, and frameworks of inclusive education, including English Language learning and culturally responsive teaching
  • Engaging with Indigenous and holistic approaches to teaching and learning
  • Designing responsive classroom practices
  • Creating inclusive environments, which includes understanding socio-cultural perspectives on identity and learning
  • Linking assessment and instruction to address diverse learning profiles
  • Exploring proactive approaches to assessing student behaviour and strategies for support
  • Designing quality educational plans for students with complex needs
  • Collaborating, supporting, and strengthening relationships with colleagues, parents, and other educational partners
  • Building and sustaining collaborative learning communities

This two-year, 30-unit program of study is for educators whose primary focus is school-based educational practice. It provides the opportunity to engage in focused, sustained reflective inquiry. Completion of the diploma allows educators to move from TQS category 4 to 5 or from category 5 to 5+.

  • Location: SD 33, Chilliwack (blended model - combining online and in-person learning)
  • Suited for: Educators, Learner Support Teachers, Collaborative Support Teachers
  • Classes: Tuesdays (4:30pm-8:30pm)
  • Summer Institutes: August 22-26, 2022 and August 21-25, 2023
  • Start Term: Summer 2022 (late April)
  • End Term: Spring 2024 (April)
  • Applications Open: Sept 17, 2021
  • Applications Close: March 18, 2022
  • 2021/22 Tuition*: $326.69/unit
    (Students register for 5 units per term)
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.

Contacts

  • Justin Moore
  • Vice Principal of Curriculum, SD #33
  • Chilliwack, BC
  • 604-819-7551

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Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as in the Student Calendar.