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Goal 3 To achieve equitable learning opportunities for all students 5 November 16-20 is Transgender Awareness Week At the Board level innovation also involves developing new strategies to provide supports for our students and school communities so that all learners can be successful. We are committed to improving the academic achievement results of our African Nova Scotian and Mikmaq Aboriginal learners. How are we working towards these priorities The HRSBs Board Services Department was recently restructured to include a Diversity Team. This team brings together four employees who have primary responsibilities in areas of diversity and inclusion. The work of the Diversity team will focus on building capacity throughout the system to create welcoming schools that are responsive to the needs of all students by valuing their culture race socioeconomic status country of origin and sexual orientation. This will be accomplished through the development and facilitation of professional learning for central office staff school-based administrators and school staff. This incredibly important work will encompass the principles of Race Relations Cross Cultural Understanding and Human Rights RCH and strengthen our understanding and skills in the area of culturally relevant pedagogy. The team consists of a Senior Diversity Advisor an English as an Additional Language EAL Consultant and two RCH Facilitators who also provide direct support to our African Nova Scotian Student Support Workers and Mikmaq Aboriginal Student Support Workers. While the Diversity Team will show leadership as we work towards our goals its up to all of us to create the conditions to ensure that all learners are finding academic success in our system and beyond. The transgender pride flag is bluepink whitepinkblue The light blue is the traditional color for baby boys pink is for girls and the white in the middle is for those who are transitioning those who feel they have a neutral gender or no gender and those who are intersexed. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it it will always be correct. Did You Know