Calling All Educators: Participate in our Survey on Discriminatory Language in K-12 Schools

As a network of committed educators, we are deeply concerned about the persistent issue of harmful and discriminatory language within K-12 schools. Language has immense power, shaping not only how we perceive the world but also how we treat one another. In schools, where young minds are molded and impressions are formed, it is paramount that we foster environments that are inclusive, respectful, and safe for all students.

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, instances of harmful language persist in schools across Ontario and Canada. Whether it’s racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, faith-based, or any other form of discrimination, such language can have profound and lasting effects on students’ well-being, self-esteem, and sense of belonging. We must address this issue head-on and work towards eradicating it from our classrooms.

To better understand the prevalence and impact of discriminatory language in school spaces, as well as the challenges in responding to and addressing these incidents, we are launching a comprehensive survey. This survey aims to gather insights from educators like you who are on the front lines, witnessing the dynamics of language use in classrooms and hallways every day.

The results of this survey will serve as a foundation for the creation of resources, the development of best practices, and the implementation of solutions to combat harmful language in educational settings. By participating in this survey, you will contribute to a collective effort to promote inclusivity, equity, and respect in our schools.

How to Participate:

This survey is being conducted on behalf of the Inclusive Schools Action Network, facilitated by Harmony Movement. Your participation is invaluable, and we encourage you to share your experiences and perspectives openly and honestly.


If you have any questions about the survey or would like to provide additional feedback, please feel free to reach out to us at or call 416-669-2051.

Confidentiality and Data Sharing:

We understand the sensitivity of the information shared in this survey. Rest assured that all submissions will be kept confidential, and data will only be shared in aggregated form to maintain anonymity and privacy.

Your voice matters, and your insights will play a crucial role in shaping our collective response to discriminatory language in K-12 schools. Together, we can create environments where every student feels valued, respected, and empowered to thrive.

Thank you for your commitment to fostering inclusive and equitable learning environments for all students.

"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."

James Baldwin