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Awards and Nominations

The Philosophy of the Award

This Award was developed in 1999 to recognize, celebrate and highlight educators who live, breathe and implement Inclusive Education. They may be active in the inclusion movement but more importantly, their behaviour and the choices they make always:


  • reflect a positive attitude about the worth, value and ability of all students. Specific, authentic activities and roles will be used to demonstrate to others the worth of inclusion and as important – that the most significant ingredients for successful inclusion are attitude and effort.

  • celebrate all students attending their neighborhood schools.They celebrate all students learning together with their age appropriate peers in regular classroom settings and participating in all aspects of the life of their school. They celebrate supporting all students to show up in their schools as contributing citizens and valued friends.

Nominations Form 


Refer to board affiliations and committee reps

(Click on button to download MS Word document)

Past Speakers and Recent Award Winners

Access to Curriculum for All

Dr. Richard Villa



Making Inclusion Work: Practical Classroom Strategies (Grades K-6)High School Inclusion: Supporting Students with Disabilities to be Real Members of High School Communities.

Dr. Ann Beninghof

Carol Tashie


Teaching for Diversity in Secondary School

Practical Strategies for Teachers: Including All Students in General Education Classrooms.

Inclusion: Opportunities and Challenges. A Workshop for School Administrators

Julie Stone

Dr. June Downing


Dr. Shirley McBridge


Do All Kids Belong in All Classes? Equity or Excellence in Public Education; and, Learning to Stand Still: Supporting Individuals with Puzzling Behavior in Inclusive Schools.

Asking the Essential Questions About Secondary School Curriculum: Maximizing Learning Opportunities and Outcomes for All Students.

Dr. Norman Kunc



Dr. Cheryl Jorgensen


Building Community.Making Inclusion Work: Opportunities and Challenges in Secondary Education.

Dr. Al Condeluci

Dr. Jean Hewitt



Dr. Al Condeluci

Lockview SS Nova Scotia

Cultural Shifting: Building Social Capital; and, Building Classrooms as Communities. All Students Need a Life!

Every Student Belongs: Using Multiple Intelligences to Promote Full Inclusion in the Classroom; 8 Kinds of Smart and 8 Kinds of Teaching.

Dr. Thomas Armstrong


Changing Organizational Cultures: Caring and Effective Education; Exchanging dissonance for Harmony: Creative Responses to Students Experiencing Behavioral and Emotional Challenges.

Dr. Rich Villa


Creating Classrooms for All Students: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL); and, Applying the Concepts of UDL Using Assistive Technology.

Don Johnston and Claire Zeijdel



Disability is Natural and Other Revolutionary Common Sense; and, The Moral Imperative of Inclusion: High Hopes, Big Dreams and Great Expectations.

Coordinator, Lambton College CICE Program (Community Integration through Cooperative Education).

Kathie Snow



Gerry Page



Re-conceptualizing Inclusion Through the Lens of Belonging: From the Classroom to the Globe.

High School Inclusion: Supporting Students with Disabilities to be Real Members of High School Communities.

Dr. Sheila Bennett


Carol Tashie



Inclusion Indicators Literacy and Inclusion

​Including Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

​A Delivery Model for Inclusion

Dr. Jacqueline Specht, Marilyn Dolmage;

​Dr. Tiffany Gallagher, Deb Dempsey,

Colleen Riggin;

​Jennifer Benedetti, Mary Hickey,

Joan Waringer



OSAPAC Software Differentiating Instruction

​SMART Inclusion

Transition Planning

Children’s Mental Health

Including Students with Sensory Processing Needs; and Accommodations at the Secondary School level

Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB

Lambton-Kent DSB

London DCSB

Transition Planners

Parents for Children’s Mental Health

London District CSB





Reaching All Learners.

Inclusion: There’s an App for That! (Apple Canada Inc.)

Catherine Montreuil

Ron Policcichio





Teaching to Diversity: The Three Block Model of Inclusive Education

Dr. Jennifer Katz

U Manitoba Education





Inclusive Inquiry in the 21st Century Classroom.




Kerri Steel,

Qualicum SD, BC






Donna McGhie-Richmond  




“Making it Work”


2016, 2017




Kelly Dunlap, Maureen Ziegler (2017) 

Amethyst Demonstration School

Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB

Huron-Perth CDSB

Tecla Bruckschwaiger, Lyndsay King, Janell Hurlbut, Thames Valley DSB;

Becki gordon, Rebecca Wattman, Skills 4 Life; Charmaine chadwick, Deb McCarthy, Huron-Perth CDSB




Navigating Current Themes in Inclusive Education

"It Takes A Village"

Sharing our Best Practices:

The Role of the Educational Assistant in INdependence & INclusion

Curriculum Modification: Lifelong Learning


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