by Linda Hill and Janice Maxwell
What if you arrive in your classroom one morning to find that everything is the same as it has always been except for one change? What if no one in your classroom (absolutely no one) is reacting to disabilities and other differences as problems? What if, everyone (absolutely everyone) is now welcoming and accepting diverse abilities and all other differences as valuable gifts that enrich the classroom, the school, and the wider world?
These questions are answered in our new chapter, “Education Assistants as Inclusive Leaders in Classrooms” published in a groundbreaking new resource,
The Role of an Education Assistant: Supporting Inclusion.
Each chapter offers guidance and insight to anyone who wants to become an inclusive and welcoming education assistant or educator of any kind.
Submitted by Stanley Daniels
(Stanley Daniels participated in his first Inclusive Leadership Adventure 14 years ago, at age 14. He returned for Inclusive Leadership facilitator training in 2015 and again in 2017. He has been a strong supporter of the ILC ever since. Stanley is an elected member of Canim Lake Band Council, a chemical addictions counsellor and a talented writer about social concerns). The ILC is thankful to Stanley for going to Surrey, BC to attend this Canadian Heritage News Conference on behalf of the ILC).
Today I got to meet Canadian Federal Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan. The federal government announced an additional 3.5 million dollars in funding in support of in support of multiculturalism, community activities and events, youth programs and anti-racism initiatives. Continue reading
Submitted by Linda Hill with contributions from Janice Milnerwood, Joshua Amponsem, John Scull and Karl Perrin.
“The world needs Inclusive Leaders who are globally aware and locally skillful at forging inclusive solutions to our biodiversity and social diversity challenges.” (Linda Hill, Facebook, 2019).
I should be able to remember this quote about the radical interdependence of Inclusive Leadership because I wrote it. But reading about the deliberate burning of the Amazon Rainforests – the lungs of our mother Earth – for industrialized money crops froze my brain. I am so thankful for my radically interdependent allies who helped me shift back to mindfulness. As I breathed in and breathed out I remembered that doing whatever I can do in my local community so far away from Brazil is not only hopeful but is helpful because we are all interdependent. “Our environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are interconnected, and together we can forge inclusive solutions.” (Earth Charter). Continue reading
One of the best parts of getting involved in Inclusive Leadership Online Education is getting to know other champions of diversity and inclusion from around the world. Here is a glimpse of four fantastic Inclusive Leaders from Fiji.
We hope meeting Temo, Apolosi, Sarita and Kim will inspire you and your students, colleagues, volunteers and other inclusively oriented people you know to join our guided online continuing education quest to “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” . Or, perhaps this post will inspire you to contribute $35, $70 or $140 to help sponsor people who face financial barriers to become Inclusive Leaders. You can become a bronze, silver or gold sponsor by downloading our E-Book of Inclusive Leadership Discoveries.
With our spirit of generosity, everyone who has the technology, motivation and time to join our online quest to ‘Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential’ can enroll by paying what we can comfortably afford or by applying for a full sponsorship. If you have the time to invest in this course, we have the capacity to invest in you.
Submitted by Victor Ivoke
(Nigeria is home to over 250 ethnic groups, with over 500 languages, and great diversity of geography, customs, religion, and life circumstances. Students, parents, politicians, farmers, business owners, artists, youth workers, teachers and other emerging and experienced leaders throughout Nigeria are engaged in the triple challenges of building bridges to equality, building peace and addressing climate change. The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative is contributing to Inclusive Leadership development in Nigeria through Inclusive Leadership Online Education.)
My name is Victor Ivoke. I am a Nigerian and I live and work in Abuja. I have just rounded off my Masters Degree in Society and Development Studies. I work for a faith based organization that is pan- African and I hope to sharpen my leadership abilities for global impact.
Through this online quest to “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” I am being exposed to life time lessons that will help me renew my mind, influence others and transform my community starting with my immediate circle of influence. Continue reading
Submitted by Linda Hill
During a meaningful and enjoyable Visual Facilitation workshop with Mireille van Bremen, I learned that the foundation of visual facilitation involves learning and practicing the Visual Alphabet. The heart of visual facilitation is empathic listening and the art is visual metaphors. Facilitate means ‘to make easy’ and Mireille certainly did that! By the end of the weekend, I was feeling much more at ease with and relaxed about my potential to become more and more visually literate. Just like any language, it is possible to communicate at a basic level quite quickly. Fluent visual communication takes practice. Continue reading
submitted by Claudia Sanchez
(First posted in Dec 2018, Claudia shares how impactful taking the ILC on-line course was for her. Enjoy!)
Here I am participating in “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” online. I feel gratitude for the community we are co-creating and have really enjoyed the journaling, writing and reflecting activities in this course. I feel so attracted to Anti-discrimination First Aid and Skills for Connecting with Differences, especially the skill of relaxing. Continue reading