In order for a school to be fully inclusive, strategies to promote safe and caring environments should be implemented throughout the entire school.
A whole-school approach is inclusive of all school staff, students and education partners and touches all aspects of school life. It should promote positive mental health and academic achievement - and includes social-emotional learning in school practices, policies and partnerships.
A whole-school approach also means that all everyone in the school feels safe and welcome, no matter their ability, disability, language, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or age. Alberta schools are using a number of strategies to support welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments that respect diversity and nurture a sense of belonging and a positive sense of self.
Understanding aspects of a whole-school approach will help school leaders decide how to best meet the needs and priorities of their school. Effective school-wide practices can then be used.
The following frameworks provide school-wide opportunities for developing social-emotional competencies, promoting positive mental health and building welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environments: