Dance in the Shadow Kit

A free educational resource supporting topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, tolerance, respect, and social responsibility – for senior elementary and secondary students

This kit is built around the video clips on the DVD-ROM Dance in the Shadow: The Unfolding Story of Rebecca Beayni. The videos introduce students to the mutually empowering experience of dance with someone who uses a wheelchair.

The kit consists of 11 short videos and 6 PDFs, 5 of which have appendices in Word containing only the Questions for Students. All users should begin with PDF 1, the Introduction. Other PDFs relate to 2015 learning expectations for:

  • Grade 6 Language and Social Studies
  • Grade 10 and 11 Arts (Dance)
  • Grade 11 Leadership/Peer support OR Guidance
  • Grade 10 Religion (Ontario Catholic curriculum)

The 6th PDF offers suggestions for use for Retreats and Conferences.

This kit is a collaboration of L’Arche Canada and Partners for Planning. All parts – videos and teacher’s guide – may be downloaded and used free of charge from this website or from partnersforplanning.ca. Alternatively, a hard copy of the DVD-ROM (containing all of the videos except that of John Delazzari and Michael Barrett) may be purchased through inclusion.com.

Videos (click to open)

Teacher’s Guide and Questions for Students

PDF 1 – Introduction (for all users)
Appendix 1: Questions for Students on PDF 1 (click here)

PDF 2 – for Grade 6 Language and Social Studies (suitable also for all students)
Appendix 2: Questions for Students on PDF 2 (click here)

PDF 3 – for Grade 10 and 11 Arts (Dance)
Appendix 3: Questions for Students on PDF 3 (click here)

PDF 4 – for Grade 11 Leadership/Peer support OR Guidance
Appendix 4: Questions for Students on PDF 4 (click here)

PDF 5 – for Grade 10 Religion (Ontario Catholic schools)
Appendix 5: Questions for Students on PDF 5 (click here)

PDF 6 – for Retreats and Conferences

Jean Vanier Daily Thoughts

A Circle

A good leader will not exercise authority from 'the top'. The diagram for community is not a pyramid but a circle. A community leader leads with others. The pyramid is the diagram for an army or for industry.

Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p. 228

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