1. The Mental Health Capacity Building Project provides universal mental health programming to Grande Yellowhead Schools and communities in four of our five zones--Jasper, Grande Cache, Hinton and Edson. We are currently looking for a Success Coach in o...
    2. Conclusion:
    3. GYPSD continues to support every learner. Building staff capacity and providing staff professional development allows for students to reach high levels of learning and success. By providing inclusive environments we allow our students to explore, resp...

H.1.
Superintendent’s Report
September 6, 2017
To:
Board of Trustees
From:
C. Lewis, Superintendent of Schools
Subject:
Inclusive Learning
Originator:
K. Shipka, Assistant Superintendent – Learning Services
Resource Person:
N. Freedman, Supervisor- Inclusive Learning, Learning Services
RECOMMENDATION
That the Board receive the Inclusive Learning Supports and Services for K-12 (including
FSLCs and BEST) and Program Unit Funding (PUF) report, as information.
REPORT
In Grande Yellowhead Public School Division we believe in supporting every student to
reach their full potential. We recognize that our world is ever changing and that to meet the
needs of our students, we need to change too. We focus our work so that “Success For All
x All Kids Are Our Kids = One Year’s Growth.”
“Success for All” emphasizes the importance of academic growth. Through the
Collaborative Response Model, school based staff members work together to review data
and identify the most effective supports to support student learning. “All Kids Are Our Kids”
ensures we embrace diversity and learner differences and provide quality learning
environments so all students can succeed. As stated in the Alberta Education documents
on Inclusive Learning, “All children can learn and reach their full potential when they are
given opportunities, effective teaching and appropriate resources.
Grande Yellowhead supports our Inclusive Learning model “Success For All x All Kids Are
Our Kids = One Year’s Growth” through a variety of means:
1. The School Linked Team (SLT) which includes:
● Speech Language Pathologists—S. Miller-Pitzel, A. Hinchey
● Occupational Therapist—A. Heaman
● Mental Health Capacity Building Coordinator (B.E.S.T.)—T. Baillie
● Assistive Technology Lead Teacher—A. Bird
● Literacy Lead Teacher/ PUF Coordinator—B. Madsen
● Assessment and Mentorship Supervisor—C. Aschenmeier
● Divisional Psychologists--TBA

 
The SLT works collaboratively with school based staff members to help identity and
reduce barriers within the curriculum, learning environment and/or instruction that
are interfering with the student’s ability to be successful. SLT members may
provide universal, targeted or individualized supports. The team also provides
ongoing opportunities to develop, strengthen and renew teachers understanding,
skills and abilities to create flexible and responsive learning environments. Team
members support schools on a regular schedule.
2.
Family School Liaison Counselors (FSLCs)
Our schools and leadership have always realized that students who are burdened
with life issues and problems are not always up to the challenge of learning. FSLCs
work with teachers and staff to minimize these issues and increase the opportunity
for success. FSLC intervention allows the teachers to teach and the kids to learn.
FSLCs can be found in each of our schools. The FSLC provides:
● 1:1 counseling,
● crisis response/support,
● behavior modification when it is appropriate
● collaboration with government. agencies (Child and Family Services (CFS),
Mental Health and Addictions, RCMP, Probation, and sometimes the justice
system Crown Prosecutor and Judge.
3.
Mental Health Capacity Building Project--Bringing Empowered Students Together
(B.E.S.T.)
The Mental Health Capacity Building Project provides universal mental health
programming to Grande Yellowhead Schools and communities in four of our five zones--
Jasper, Grande Cache, Hinton and Edson. We are currently looking for a Success
Coach in our Lobstick area. The B.E.S.T. project strives to promote positive mental
health which the Public Health Agency of Canada defines as the capacity to feel, think
and act in ways that enhance the ability to enjoy life and deal with challenges. The
programming B.E.S.T. provides looks very different in each community and school as
the programming is based on the needs, resources, and the Success Coach's individual
skill sets.
4.
Program Unit Funds (PUF)
Barbara Madsen will continue to coordinate supports for our Early Childhood
Services programs. Currently we have over forty children pre-approved to Program
Unit Funds. The School Linked team will provide speech-language, OT and mental
health supports for our early learners in their respective programs--preschool and
kindergarten.
5.
School Action Plans
To ensure Success for All x All Kids Are Our Kids = One Year’s Growth, each
school has made a commitment to implement a School Action Plan. This Action
plan will be based on the school’s greatest areas of need as identified through data
analysis of divisional screens, accountability pillar information, Our School survey,

 
Thought Exchange and school identified data sources. Actions in these plans
include, but are not limited to:
● active participation in the Collaborative Response Model (CRM) framework,
● embedding research-based strategies into instructional practice
● using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) model
6.
Zone Meetings
In 2017-18, Zone meetings are scheduled to occur on a six week rotation. These
meetings will allow for collaboration between each zone’s school based teams
(Principal, Instructional Coach, Learning Support teacher, FSLC and Success
Coach), members of the Learning Services team and School Linked team to:
● support school action plans,
● provide opportunities for focused professional development,
● build teachers’ capacity in the areas of positive behavior supports, universal
OT and SLP strategies, self-regulation and assistive technology
Increase understanding of our diverse learners--coding criteria, instructional
support plans and accessing Tier 4 supports and services.
.
The September Zone meeting will focus on information sharing--action planning
support, divisional screens, CRMS (rolling students, student boards, student data,
data reports), google classroom, ISPs.
September is a busy time for our schools as students in grades 2-9 will be completing the
AIMSweb reading screen (fluency and comprehension), HLATs writing prompt and the
Mathletics Alberta Assessment screens. The SLT will be screening all kindergarten classes..
Conclusion:
GYPSD continues to support every learner. Building staff capacity and providing staff
professional development allows for students to reach high levels of learning and success. By
providing inclusive environments we allow our students to explore, respond critically and take
risks in achieving learning outcomes. With the right supports and services in place, GYPSD is
closer to realizing their vision of “Success for All x All Kids are our Kids = One Year’s Growth.”

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