Planning Inclusive Cultures in Schools (PICS) explores the practice of inclusion in any school from many different perspectives. School leadership teams help the school community develop a profile of their current school culture and gather the quantitative and qualitative data to support the school planning process. PICS responds to the expectation that all students fully participate in their neighbourhood schools within age appropriate, multi-ability classrooms.
PICS complements the formal school planning process by facilitating:
- Preparation (visioning and identifying needs);
- Identification of data sources and data collection; and
- Data analysis and decision-making.
Once the profile is complete, school leaders have several, valuable components for effective planning:
- More knowledgeable and engaged community members,
- An evidence-based picture of the school’s current status,
- Data from which to identify priorities for improvement, and
- A baseline for judging progress.
Our foundational principle is that “all means all” in the academic and social life of schools. Professional experience and the literature demonstrate learning and living together is a superior experience for all students. PICS supports educators who wish to provide that experience more effectively.