ISER Professor of Education Policy Diane Hirshberg is co-editor of the new book, Including the North: a comparative study of the policies on inclusion and equity in the Circumpolar North. Nearly four million people live in the Arctic, including indigenous peoples, northerners, and those who’ve recently arrived. Including the North, has chapters from nine northern countries and the Sami community focused on inclusion and/or social justice policy, with the goal of promoting fair education across the Arctic’s diverse communities.
Hirshberg gave one of the keynote speeches at the launch of the electronic version of the book this week during the conference, “Developing an Inclusive School,” at the University of Lapland, in Rovaniemi, Finland.
Hirshberg, along with co-editors and fellow contributors are members of the University of the Arctic (UArctic) Thematic Network for Teacher Education and Diversity in Education, a cooperative network of over 20 member institutions including the University of Alaska Anchorage. The network is a partnership with the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group to share and develop good practices and long-term collaborations among teacher education institutions, with the understanding that teachers have the potential to become creators of a sustainable future in the Arctic.
In addition to co-editing the book, Hirshberg co-authored the Alaska chapter, “Mind the Gap…Mind the Chasm: exploring inclusion and equity in Alaska’s education system.” Her co-authors include Hattie Harvey, Douglas Cost, and Kathryn Ohle.
The Arctic Council, the preeminent intergovernmental forum for addressing issues related to the Arctic Region, will provide final book approval at their May meeting. A second launch of the book, in hardback, will take place in May during the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) Conference in Archangelsk. The UArctic Thematic Network for Teacher Education and Diversity in Education will also host an international panel discussion about the topics in the book at that meeting.