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Inclusive Education: Lessons from Canada - Seminar

In March 2019, former Minister for Education in the Canadian Province of New Brunswick, Jody Carr, and high school principal, Kendra Frizzell, gave a fascinating seminar at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin about the system of inclusive education in New Brunswick, Canada. Mr Carr was in Ireland visiting the National Council for Special Education and other key education stakeholders. He firstly provided the dramatic changes in policy which led to the introduction of New Brunswick's dynamic, inclusive system of education where all children learn together in 'common learning environments' regardless of background, ability, creed or social background. There are no special schools or classes in the province. He spoke about the importance of policy planning where all stakeholders (politicians, teachers and families) are involved. As school principal, Ms Frizzell gave an insight into what inclusion looks and sounds like on the ground. She highlighted the impact of inclusion on the outcomes of her students and their families in addition to the wellbeing of staff working at her school.

Mr Carr has nearly 25 years experience in political, government, and legislative policy development and implementation. He is from the Canadian province of New Brunswick. He served as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development between 2010-2013 and Post Secondary Education, Training and Labour in 2006 and 2014. Mr. Carr has a passion for dynamic, inclusive education where all children learn together in common learning environments as a means to achieve better outcomes for all students, regardless of background and diversity.