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Special Education Program

The Special Education Program at Junior School focuses on the practice of educating students with special needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs.

This process is arranged by the Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT) and focuses on individual planning and monitoring of children who have been identified as special needs students. The goal of the Special Education program is to arrange learning so that teaching procedures, equipment, materials, and settings are addressed according to the student’s needs so that they can achieve success at school and within the community.

The SERT works with families, school administration, and potentially other education providers to ensure that Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are completed each term.   IEPs are living documents that are intended to change with the growth and needs of the student.

The Special Education policies of the Wikwemikong Board of Education are attached.

For further information about Special Education at the Junior School, please contact Rachel Lewis rlewis@wbe-education.ca and Tracy Cooper tcooper@wbe-education.ca .

SERTs are available for parent consultations at their respective schools. Should any parent want additional information on how they can assist their child the SERTs are always willing to answer questions. They are available at parent-teacher nights and school functions. One of the department’s goals is to have that dialogue with parents of exceptional learners. Studies have shown that the parents and guardians who are involved with their child’s education – their children do better in school.

 

Assessments that are done by the school will have several recommendations. Recommendations will be from any one of the following or a combination of the Speech & Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist, or Educational Psychologist. We encourage parents to take the time to review these documents that have been reviewed with them during a school feedback meeting and/or were mailed. These recommendations are carefully reviewed by the school team and incorporated into the student’s program at school to ensure every child’s success.

 

IPRC time is an excellent opportunity for parents to meet and discuss with the school team what their child’s needs and strengths are. These are scheduled once a year for exceptional students. Pick up a brochure at your child’s school for more information.

Role of Education Assistant
We are very fortunate at the Wiikwemkoong Junior School to have Educational Assistants available to assist our students. They work with our Special Education Team and classroom teachers by:
- Helping students with learning activities under the supervision of the teacher.
- Providing accommodations and services described in the IEP.
- Maintaining ongoing communication with the teacher and Special Education Teacher.
- Participate in discussions with the in-school team (when appropriate).