This guide has resources about refugees and immigrants and research about culturally diverse classrooms. Teachers will find advice for building school community and practical resources for the classroom.
The demographics of Alberta’s schools are changing dramatically. Teaching practices and strategies that once worked may no longer be effective. This workshop will explore approaches for examining beliefs, attitudes, policies, structures and practices to enable schools to work effectively cross-culturally. Participants will begin to learn how to develop a greater capacity to engage in cultural self-assessment and become more conscious of the dynamics of intercultural interactions.
BRYCS supports teachers and other school personnel working with refugee children and families by providing consultations, training, and other kinds of technical assistance. Whether you are new to working with refugee students or a veteran, these resources are a good place to start your search for information.
With this lesson pack, students learn the histories of immigrants in Canada by interviewing people in the community and classmates. They discuss ways to make immigrants feel welcome in their new homes. Students can discuss the relationship between Canada's national identity and the maintenance of a multicultural society.
The Alberta Teachers' Association and Canadian Mental Health Association created this booklet to help teachers understand mental health, mental illness, and how they can help their students, colleagues and themselves. Learn how to develop more compassionate classrooms, schools and communities by changing how we look at mental health and mental illness and school culture.
This resource from Islamic Social Services and the National Council of Canadian Muslims provides background about what some Muslim refugees may be experiencing as well as guidance for teachers and others working in education.
These resources explore diversity representation in media, including Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, queer and religion. You will find resources for both parents and teachers.
This tutorial examines how entertainment and news media represent diversity and the impact these media portrayals can have on the value we place on individuals and groups in society. There are several lesson plans about the media and cultural diversity to explore.
This documentary series and media project provides a history and overview of Islam and Muslims in Canada. The project includes a three-part documentary television series accompanied by a 100-page Educator's Guide.
This section, part of the Respectful Schools online toolkit, addresses questions about newcomers and refugees in the classroom and provides further guidance for getting information from government and community partners.
Try out this online encyclopedia that uses Basic English vocabulary and shorter sentences. This may assist people with reading challenges or people whose first language is not English to understand complex terms or phrases.
This website provides access to information – publications, educational materials, exemplars from the field – that promote effective programming for students of this profile. This site has been made possible by a grant from Alberta Education to the Calgary Board of Education.