The Guided Learning Centre (“GLC”) is one of the means by which inclusiveness is practiced at Villanova College. We are committed to including all students in all aspects of school life. This commitment is based on the belief that all children can succeed.
The GLC provides identified students* with necessary supports to help them achieve their potential. In the GLC, students develop note-taking, reading, writing, and studying strategies. GLC staff engage students in one-on-one assistance with material organization (binder organization and locker organization), time management (use of agendas and monthly calendars), and motivation. Students will gradually learn how to become self-sufficient learners who have confidence in their abilities to tackle any material they are required to know.
Inclusive education is a philosophical belief that all “students are entitled to equitable access to learning, achievement, and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of their education; it promotes participation, friendship, and interaction” (Hutchinson 377).
Inclusiveness is a purposeful commitment to ensure that all students feel a sense of belonging and success, both within and outside of the classroom. Inclusive practices at Villanova College are made possible by:
believing that all students can learn,
setting high expectations,
providing appropriate accommodations and placements, and
inviting and supporting students to actively participate in all aspects of school activity.
* An identified student is one who has undergone psycho-educational testing, administered by a psychologist, and whose results reveal a discrepancy between academic achievement and intellectual ability.
Hutchinson, Nancy L Inclusion of Exceptional Learners in Canadian Schools: A Practical Handbook. 3rd Edition. Pearson Canada: Toronto, 2010.