Wolf Creek Public Schools fall under the direction of Alberta Education as a public school division in the province of Alberta. Alberta Education provides guidance to each school division to ensure the provincial mandate and vision are lived out in each school division. Wolf Creek Public Schools is in alignment with the provincial Inclusive Learning and Safe and Caring mandates.
Alberta Education defines inclusion as:
A way of thinking and acting that demonstrates universal acceptance and promotes a sense of belonging for all learners. Inclusion is not just about learners with special needs.
It is an attitude and approach that embraces diversity and learner differences and promotes equal opportunities for all learners in Alberta. Alberta’s education system is built on a values-based approach to accepting responsibility for all children and students.
The following six principles are key to achieving Alberta’s vision for an inclusive education system. These principles can guide and inform value-based and learner-centred decisions related to policies, practices, and actions at every level of Alberta’s education system.
- Anticipate, value, and support diversity and learner differences
- High expectations for all learners
- Understand learners’ strengths and needs
- Reduce barriers within learning environments
- Capacity building
- Shared responsibility
- Retrieved from (2017, August) https://education.alberta.ca/inclusive-education/what-is-inclusion/
Teaching Quality Standard & School Leader Standard
Alberta Education in partnership with the Alberta Teacher’s Association and other provincial organizations have designed new Teacher Quality Standards and Leadership Quality Standards.
“The revision of this resource, the Teaching Quality Standard (TQS) and the complementary development of a School Leader Standard (SLS) (principal, vice-principal) and subsequent School Authority Leader Standard (SALS) (superintendent, associate superintendent) will heighten public assurance about the quality of education in Alberta and emphasize our shared commitment to develop the conditions necessary for optimal student learning for every student in every Alberta school.”
- Teaching Quality and School Leader Standards - Alberta School Councils' Association. (n.d.). Retrieved September 12, 2016
Two significant changes in both the TQS, SLS, and SALS is the addition of specific standards regarding the professional practice expectations for meeting the needs of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students and diverse learners through Inclusive Practices. Both of these areas of development are impacted throughout the processes outlined in this document.