2018 Annual Report
Specialized Services and Safe and Accepting Schools
Work in the Specialized Services Department is grounded in the vision that all students and staff flourish and learn in an accepting and safe community. Together we support, innovate, and inspire a flourishing school community. This year, we focused on building capacity in students and staff through the use of data which helped to inform excellent programming and next steps. This concentration on specific and focussed data helps us to design learning for students that brings them to a place where they can achieve.
What is executive functioning?
Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) teachers have been investigating executive functioning skills with students. Executive functions are like a conductor in the brain helping to direct unique creativity and strategies to help achieve goals. Over 150 educators took part in Level 1 Activated Learning for Executive Functioning training this year. Activated learning helps students learn about executive functioning skills, identifying skills that are required for a task, skills that may be personal barriers, and plan for working around those barriers.
Programs for students with behaviour needs
Elephant in the Room: students at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School are leading ‘Elephant in the Room’, a national anti-stigma campaign designed to address the stigma associated with mental illness. The premise is, when an individual displays a blue elephant, it signifies that they care about the wellness of others and demonstrates a safe place to talk about mental illness, without fear of being viewed differently. Participating teachers will display an elephant in their classroom letting everyone know that the teacher is a safe person to go to when a student needs someone to speak to. The teacher represents a safe person, but not a counsellor. Teachers will direct students to a professional counsellor, or administration – whichever will best support their need.
Inspiring Leaders Series: We held a series of sessions with leaders from schools across the district. Participants enjoyed presenter Sandra Herbst and a guest panel at these dinner sessions. An April retreat was also held to review the Ontario Leadership Framework.
Monitoring and supporting school improvement planning: superintendents and principals use Google Meet to discuss the progress they are making on their School Improvement Plans for Student Achievement and Wellbeing (SIPSAW).
SEAC: the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) welcomed students from Huntsville to share their work in ensuring “Everybody Counts”, a gathering of student voice activity.
IEP Development: TLDSB gains national attention with our Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals, which incorporate collaborative and proactive solutions into the learning.
Specialized Services staff numbers
- 1 Superintendent
- 1 District Principal
- 1 Senior Manager of Psychological and Speech Language Services
- 1 District Manager of Mental Health Services
- 1 Executive Assistant
- 2 Administrative Assistants
- 1 SEA Clerk
- 8 Consultants
- 15 Students Services/Attendance Counsellors
- 6 Itinerant Teachers
- 7 Itinerant Educational Assistants
- 7 Psycho-educational Consultants
- 4 Speech and Language Consultants
- 4 Communicative Disorders Assistants