FREDERICTON, N.B. – The provincial government is hiring 18 inclusive learning facilitators to strengthen instructional practices and ensure excellence and equity for students. Ten will work in the four anglophone school districts, while eight will work in the three francophone districts.
"As a government, we believe a positive, inclusive learning environment is a vital part of every child's education," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr. "With the new inclusive learning facilitators, schools will be better equipped to ensure all students can reach their potential to help build a stronger province."
The department is hiring the facilitators by drawing on the $5 million being saved by the reorganization of school districts and re-invested to help all students achieve.
Carr said the facilitators have been working as resource and methods teachers, principals or vice-principals; are experienced and skilled; and will help build capacity and provide strategies to meet student needs. Their roles include:
● contributing to the development of district plans to improve inclusive instruction and integrated educational intervention in schools;
● connecting inclusive practices and school improvement;
● improving the ability of schools to ensure all students are included and successful;
● leading professional learning opportunities for school staff in critical areas of instructional practice such as universal design for learning;
● coaching teachers and principals how to implement specific strategies; and
● providing learning sessions to district staff such as subject co-ordinators, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, social workers and educational assistants.
"The introduction of these facilitators is the latest example of how our government is raising the bar in all we do in education, which is important work in our effort to rebuild New Brunswick," Carr said. "By focusing resources on greater support for every student, we are building an enhanced culture of excellence, equity and innovation in the education system. This will help position our children for a brighter future in a stronger New Brunswick."
In June 2012, the department launched an action plan in response to Strengthening Inclusion, Strengthening Schools, prepared by inclusive education experts Gordon Porter and Angèla Aucoin. The action plan commits a record investment of more than $62 million over three years to improve inclusion and intervention services.