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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

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    1. “Town Hall Meeting”Future Directions Delivery Model Students with Special Needs

    2. Issues • Commitment 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

    3. Our Current Approach • Striving to include all students • Organizing services so that students can attend their community school

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

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

    6. A Continuum of Needs At risk / Students with Social Maladjustments / Students with Handicaps Learning Difficulties Vulnerable LD/MI/BD Codes (14-99) Prevention Intervention BLUE: MELS Categories BLACK: LBPSB Operational Categories

    7. Classification of Special Needs(Ministry of Education, Leisure, & Sport) • Two broad categories • Students in Difficulty (Learning/Behavior/Mild Intellectual Delay) • Students with Social Maladjustments/ Handicaps • Identification procedures and funding differ for both categories

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

    9. STUDENTS “IN DIFFICULTY” 2007-2008 STUDENTS “HANDICAPPED” 2007-2008

    10. School Classroom Teachers Resource Teachers Integration Aides Sp. Needs Technicians Behavioral Technicians Spiritual Animators Planning Room * Guidance Counsellors* In-School Alternate Programs* Work Study Programs * Secondary school only Support at School Level

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

    12. School Board and External Agency Support Continued • Educational Services • Curriculum Consultants • Early Literacy Intervention Program • Summer Literacy Camp • Summer School External • Health & Social Services Agencies • Community Groups

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

    14. Impact of Present Board Policy and Practices • An individualized approach to success • Based on identified needs, not category • A high quality of service is costly (in time and $$) • A culture of appreciation for diversity

    15. Impact Continued • Over-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

    16. Future Directions…..