"Checklist for an Inclusive Classroom Community," adapted from A Guide to Effective Literacy Instruction, Grades 4 to 6 is featured on the Curriculum Services Canada website. The checklist includes aspects of atmosphere, environment, community, resources, reading, writing, language, media, teaching practices, and assessment.
Each section contains simple suggestions that educators can implement and check off. For example, to create an inclusive atmosphere, teachers can convey openness, warmth, and a belief that all students can learn and succeed. Imagery and learning materials in the classroom environment should reflect diversity. Community members can be invited into the classroom as guest speakers as representatives of groups and organizations. Resources and materials can be made available in a range of reading levels and should include topics of cultural and social relevance to students. In terms of reading, text sets can be designed to facilitate comparison of similar stories across cultures or to address universal themes or important topics.
Writing opportunities should enable students to draw from their own experiences and composition tasks should be able to be completed in various ways (such as with a scribe or audio recorder). Diversity of language expression can be addressed in activities that highlight how different language forms and styles are appropriate in different contexts. Students can be encouraged to examine bias in the media. Teaching practices should include instructional strategies that cater to different learning styles. Assessment methods should reflect diversity and accommodations should be available.
To read the full checklist, click here.