What is the Commission’s role?

The work of the Commission is to thoroughly assess the current state of inclusive education, to research best practices, and to provide credible recommendations that will help shape a new model of Inclusive Education in Nova Scotia. Ultimately, the level of meaningful change that is achieved for Nova Scotia students will determine our success.

What is the timeline for consultations?

Consultations have started. Click here to find out how you can take part.

Who will be consulted and how?

All interested parties will have opportunities to give input electronically or during public workshop-consultations. We welcome the opportunity to engage with Nova Scotians in frank and student-centered dialogue regarding the future of inclusive education in our province. The Commission is committed to conducting public consultations that are:

  1. Inclusive and accessible;
  2. Collaborative and mutually respectful;
  3. Student-centered and progressive; and
  4. Action-oriented and evidence-based.

How can I submit feedback?

There are various options to submit feedback. Click here to find out more.

How will my input be used?

Input will help shape the new model of Inclusive Education for Nova Scotia. The Commissioners will review and consider all input to broaden their understanding of community perspectives, ideas and priorities. They will also evaluate all proposed options on multiple factors, including effectiveness, sustainability, and social benefits and impacts.

What kinds of solutions are you considering?

We are looking for creative and innovative solutions that will help improved education for all students within an inclusive education model. We know there are things that are working, and things that aren’t, in Nova Scotia today – and examples from around the country and across the world, which we should look to as best practices.

How were the Commissioners appointed/chosen?

The Commission is comprised of one representative appointed by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU), one representative appointed by the Minister of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD), and an independent chair jointly appointed by the Minister and the NSTU. The NSTU representative is Adela NJie, the EECD representative is Monica Williams, and the independent Chair is Dr. Sarah Shea.

What did you recommend in your interim report?

A full copy of the Interim Report can be viewed or downloaded in Interim Report – English (629 KB) or Interim Report – French (790 KB).