She has dedicated her life to promoting inclusion and success for all learners. At the end of November, Vancouver teacher, inclusion advocate and author Shelley Moore spent the day inspiring our Pembina Trails staff. Moore’s message that we don’t do inclusion, we live it, resonated with the packed audience.
“This was one of the highest levels of engagement I have seen at a professional development day. These are things that we can do today to make a difference tomorrow,” shared Assistant Superintendent Susan Schmidt. “I had staff telling me their biggest regret was not giving Shelley a standing ovation. They were just so caught up in all that she had shared and the emotions that came with it.”
Moore was recently featured in the Globe and Mail as part of a Stepping Up series that features new sources of Canadian leaders. She says the best piece of advice she has ever received was from her PhD supervisor who urged her to remember that, “My job isn’t to change people’s minds. My job is to meet people where they’re at and help them move forward.”
Our educators, support staff and administrators left the full day of learning equipped with new tools to use in classroom and schools.
“Shelley was engaging, humble, humorous and sincere, as she shared her journey in inclusive education,” said École St-Avila principal, Karen Loveridge. “Speaking from the heart, Shelley offered real-life examples of her challenges and successes. She challenged and clarified our understandings of inclusion, integration, exclusion and segregation. Participants left with a deeper understanding of inclusion and the importance of valuing and encouraging the strengths of all of our learners. Thank you for an inspiring day of learning.”
Learn more about inclusion in Pembina Trails.