Ontario English Catholic Teachers

Equity and Inclusivity


Equity and Inclusive Education in Ontario Schools
Equity and Inclusive Education in Ontario Schools provides guidelines for policy development and implementation, and was revised and updated to reflect the progress made since Realizing the Promise of Diversity: Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy was released in 2009, including amendments to the Education Act made through the Accepting Schools Act, which was passed on September 1, 2012.
Pastoral Guidelines to Assist Students of Same-Sex Orientation (ACBO)
At the request of the Education Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, a team of Catholic educators developed this pastoral guideline for assisting students with a same-sex attraction. It is written to support school personnel in making Catholic school communities safe and nurturing for all students in their care.
Reach Every Student, Know Their Story: OECTA Equity and Inclusivity Conference

To guide teachers and others in discussions about LGBTQ issues, OECTA presents video clips from Dr. Kristopher Wells, Dr. Dorothy Espelage, and Dr. Catherine Taylor, who have done extensive research into bullying behaviour, homophobia, and sexual harassment. Dr. Espelage and Dr. Taylor were keynote speakers at OECTA’s Equity and Inclusivity Conference “Reach Every Student, Know Their Story" in the spring of 2012 and Dr. Wells was a keynote speaker at OECTA's Regional Equity and Inclusivity Conferences in 2012.

Respecting Difference (OCSTA)
The Catholic Trustees, in consultation with the Bishops and other Catholic partners, produced an alternative to the Ministry of Education’s application of their Equity and Inclusivity strategy with respect to Gay-Straight Alliances.
Rethinking Schools
Website committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly on issues of race.
Speak Truth to Power Canada 
Speak Truth to Power Canada includes lesson plans on 11 Canadian human rights defenders working domestically and internationally. The goal is to facilitate the teacher’s task of informing and enabling students to self-identify locally as human rights defenders on issues of importance in their very own communities.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics
Mind the Gap: Gender and Education is an interactive, online data tool. It teaches young people about the gaps and inequities in access to education.
MyGSA is Canada’s website for safer and inclusive schools for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Educators can find interesting and helpful resources to help promote safer spaces in which LGBTQ students and allies can work together on making their schools more welcoming for all members of school communities, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.