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Case Studies

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Explore the case of a new teacher who seeks support at a staff meeting for a student. Determine how the school principal should support the teacher and the student.

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Explore the case of a principal who delivers news to staff about changes to specialized therapy funding. Decide how the principal should respond to the concerns of staff.

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Explore the case of a teacher who approaches a school principal to discuss the ways he is struggling to keep up with the demands of his job. Decide how the principal should support the teacher’s mental wellbeing. 

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Explore the case of an elementary school principal who must decide how to respond when a student on the Autism Spectrum becomes aggressive with another student.

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Explore the case of a high school vice-principal who must decide how to respond to a parent’s request for his daughter with Down Syndrome to participate in a co-op placement.  



Inclusive school leadership: Examining the experiences of Canadian school principals in supporting students with special education needs

Steve Sider, Kimberly Maich, Jhonel Morvan, Mélissa Villella, Paul Ling, Chantelle Repp

K–12 Administration of Inclusive Schools in Canada: A Literature Review of Expectations and Qualifications of Formal School Leaders

Anders Lunde 

Self-Determination and Inclusion: The Role of Canadian Principals in Catalyzing Inclusive-Positive Practices

Jeffrey MacCormack, Steve Sider, Kimberly Maich, Jaqueline Specht

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Schools as an Equalizing Force: What the pandemic has taught us about school leadership and inclusive education

Steve Sider, Jeffrey MacCormack, Jess Whitley

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"Does It Have to Be That Hard?": Principals' stories of supporting students with special education needs during emergency schooling 

Jeffrey MacCormack, Daniel John Anderson, Steve Sider


Diversity via Distance: Lessons learned from families supporting students with special education needs during remote learning

Jess Whitley, Jeffrey MacCormack, Ian Matheson, Jacqueline Specht, Steve Sider, Kimberly Maich


The Conversation: Schools after coronavirus: Seize 'teachable moments' about racism and inequalities

Steve Sider and Ardavan Eizadirad

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"Who is Your Nathalia?"
 Steve Sider
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School Principals and Students with Special Education Needs

Steve Sider, Kimberly Maich and Jhonel Morvan

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School Principals and Students With Special Education Needs in a Pandemic: Emerging Insights from Ontario, Canada

Steve Sider

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The Conversation: Every Child Matters

Steve Sider

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Ontario College of Teachers: Exploring Leadership Practices through Case Inquiry

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Violence in schools: What can we learn from critical incidents?

Steve Sider and Mėlissa Villella

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2019 Intersectionalities Conference

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Research and Advocacy Sites

Dr. Steve Sider University Research Site

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Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education Site

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Inclusive Education Canada Research Site

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The Heart and Spirit of Inclusion VoicEd Radio


Listen to Kimberly Maich (Memorial University), Jhonel Morvan (Brock University) and Steve Sider (Wilfrid Laurier University) as they discuss how to support new school leaders as they begin to create inclusive school environments and communities.

Schools after coronavirus VoicEd Radio

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Listen to Sider and Eizadirad discuss "important issues that have been brought to light during the pandemic on the radar of schools and communities. In this conversation, we talk about systemic inequity, the language we use to frame the issues and some practical ways to begin conversations with staff, parents, and community members." -voicEd Radio

Resources to Support Inclusive Schools

Making Canadian Schools Inclusive: A Call To Action

Gordon L. Porter

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Inclusive Education and Pedagogical Change: Experiences from the Front Lines

Monique Somma, Sheila Bennett

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School Principals: Leading the Way to Inclusive Schools

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Implementation of a Differentiated Instruction Initiative: Perspectives of Leaders
Jessica Whitley, Cheryll Duquette, Suzanne Gooderham, Catherine Elliot, Shari Orders, Amy Klan

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