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“Town Hall Meeting” Future Directions. Delivery Model Students with Special Needs. Issues. Commitment to success for all within the context of inclusion Students normally attend community school Support services according to need Finite resources - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Town Hall MeetingFuture DirectionsDelivery ModelStudents with Special Needs

  • IssuesCommitment to success for all within the context of inclusion Students normally attend community school Support services according to need Finite resources Increasing demand for services within a context of decreasing enrollment

  • Our Current ApproachStriving to include all students Organizing services so that students can attend their community school

  • Framework Guiding the Organization of ServicesThe Education Act The Policy on Special Education (MELS 2000) The QEP (Differentiation, Cycles, Teamwork)

  • Framework Guiding the Organization of Services ContinuedThe Framework on Complementary Educational Services (MELS 2002) The Policy on the Evaluation of Learning (MELS 2003) The Collective Agreements (2005-2010)

  • A Continuum of Needs At risk / Students with Social Maladjustments / Students with HandicapsLearning Difficulties

    Vulnerable LD/MI/BD Codes (14-99)Prevention InterventionBLUE: MELS CategoriesBLACK: LBPSB Operational Categories

  • Classification of Special Needs(Ministry of Education, Leisure, & Sport)Two broad categoriesStudents in Difficulty (Learning/Behavior/Mild Intellectual Delay)Students with Social Maladjustments/ Handicaps

    Identification procedures and funding differ for both categories

  • LBPSB Statistics (2007-08)Approximately 11% of student population has identified special needs Total Population: 25 665Students in difficulty (LD/BD/MI): 1953Students with Social Maladjustments/Handicaps: 777




  • Support at School LevelSchoolClassroom TeachersResource TeachersIntegration AidesSp. Needs TechniciansBehavioral TechniciansSpiritual AnimatorsPlanning Room *Guidance Counsellors*In-School Alternate Programs*Work Study Programs

    * Secondary school only

  • School Board and External Agency SupportBoard Student Services Special Needs Consultants, Psychologists, Speech - Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, FSSTT, Health Promotion Team REACH ATTACHMENT Program** * * Elementary school only

  • Educational Services Curriculum ConsultantsEarly Literacy Intervention ProgramSummer Literacy CampSummer School ExternalHealth & Social Services AgenciesCommunity GroupsSchool Board and External Agency Support Continued

  • OptionsMaintain current model Refine current modelDevelop new approaches for specific clientele (e.g. behavior)Explore alternative programming for students Develop and implement a different model Re-distribute existing Board budgets

  • Impact of Present Board Policy and PracticesAn individualized approach to successBased on identified needs, not category A high quality of service is costly (in time and $$) A culture of appreciation for diversity

  • Impact ContinuedOver-representation of students with Special Needs in Elementary Bilingual program Over-representation of students with Special Needs in certain secondary school programs Need for on-going professional development to build capacity

  • Future Directions..