“Inclusion is not a strategy to help people fit into the systems and structure which exist in our societies; it is about transforming those systems and structures to make it better for everyone. Inclusion is about creating a better world for everyone.”
Kristen Pelletier is an independent educational consultant, coach, co-creator and teacher trainer driven by a mission of supporting exemplary inclusive cultures and practices in international schools. Her company, Redefining Access, is based in Brussels following 19 years at the International School of Brussels where she was most recently the Director of Student Support Services. Ms. Kristen now works full time supporting international schools with inclusive practices.
From 10th to 12th January 2019, the Students Support Services team which includes the
Learning Support/ Academic Coaching team and Counselling team (Socio-emotional and Career counseling) from Neev Academy and our Early Years branches along with the
Leadership team had the privilege to attend a workshop conducted by Ms. Kristen Pelletier. This was our second workshop with her in a series of ongoing professional development sessions, planned over two years. She has been helping us relook at what inclusion means to us as a school and how we can create a framework to support learning for all students collaboratively. We worked towards developing and fine-tuning our ‘Multi-tiered Support Services’ (MTSS) model which involves outlining shared responsibilities of the whole school team to effectively cater to the needs of all students in our school.
With the help of Kristen, Neev is working towards becoming more a proactive and responsive system which will support both ongoing professional development and meet the needs of all students. The workshop has helped us to develop learning opportunities designed to develop self-directed learners while supporting curriculum access for all.