6 What did the 2016-17 school year look like in terms of building capacity among staff on culturally relevant instruction? This year, there has been a deliberate focus on ensuring that all learners have access to equitable learning opportunities. Members of the Diversity Team have provided system leadership to build the capacity of HRSB staff members in understanding and implementing culturally relevant instruction, service delivery and support in ways that affirm and advance the well-being and progress of all students, and in particular African Nova Scotian, Mi’kmaq/Aboriginal and newcomers. In September, the team was strengthened with the addition of two new Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP) Specialist positions. This allowed for more professional learning opportunities for staff and schools. In May, the Diversity Team, along with a Principals’ Mentor Group, hosted HRSB’s first-ever Culturally Relevant Educational Symposium. This event brought administrators, classroom teachers, staff, researchers, scholars and advocates together to discuss improving student achievement through critical consciousness, collaborative action and community engagement. The two-day event called on participants to challenge their own thinking and to develop action plans for their schools. In addition, the Diversity Team created a new Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Administrator’s Guide. The online guide is intended to be a tool for schools to assess the cultural relevance of their environment and instruction. Information harvested through the resource will assist the Diversity Team in working with the school. The end goal is to ensure that all practices within a school are closely aligned with creating a supportive and culturally-aware environment. The link will be made available to schools in the near future. Our system has been strengthened by the contributions of many community members and organizations, principal mentors and students who willingly shared their voices and expertise in support of a more culturally relevant school system. Goal 3: To Achieve Equitable Learning Opportunities for All Students Summer bookmobiles are starting up again! Stay tuned to @HRSB_Official for more information on schools and dates. New Primary students are eligible for a free book at Halifax Public Libraries! Look for the coupon in the Welcome to Primary Kit.