History of Equity Continuum Development
The Province of Ontario, its population, and the students who attend its schools are at the heart of an important and growing diversity. In order to ensure an equitable education system in which all members of our community can succeed, the Ministry of Education (EDU) created the Inclusive Education Branch to support the development and implementation of Equity and Inclusive Education (EIE). Thereafter, the Ministry developed its vision for an inclusive education system in which all students, parents and other members of the school community are welcomed and respected and where every student is supported and inspired to succeed in a culture of high expectations for learning.
These documents are reference tools for the tasks that the Ministry, school boards and schools are to use to implement the strategy. In the spirit of continuous progress, each stakeholder is to be responsible for implementing measures in order to achieve the Ministry’s vision, according to eight identified areas of focus.
In response to the need to effectively implement outlined measures related to Equity and Inclusive Education, ADFO (Association of franco-ontarian principals and vice-principals) developed additional tools to help school administrators to attain the objectives needed to ensure that the school is equitable and inclusive. One such tool is the Equity Continuum of Practice.
Realizing the Promise of Diversity: Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy (April 2009)
The Education Act (1990)
Policy/Program Memorandum No. 119 (June 2009, revised 2013)
Realizing the Promise of Diversity: Guidelines for Policy Development and Implementation (2014)
The Comprehensive Action for Accepting Schools (2013)
Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario (2014)
Ontario’s Well-Being Strategy for Education (2016)