Board Meeting | Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Behaviour Intervention Resource Team
Superintendent of Learning Jennifer Johnston and Itinerant Educational Assistants (EA) Jackie Thurston and Victoria Young shared information with trustees about the Behaviour Intervention Resource Team (BIRT) in Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) schools.
BIRT lends support to schools when a student or students present behavioural concerns. Prior to calling BIRT, a school team works together to try to find solutions. At the next level, the district special education consultant will be asked to assist in planning next steps. It is at this point that BIRT might be called in to assist. The team includes a behaviour consultant, autism consultant, and seven itinerant educational assistants. BIRT works alongside the school team to provide dedicated support to the school.
Thurston and Young provided an overview of what a typical day would look like in the itinerant EA role. Modelling strategies, coaching, and encouraging school-based EAs are types of support that is provided. Supports vary depending on what is needed to help in the classroom. Professional development for school staff is an important part of the role including behaviour management strategies.
There have been 129 BIRT referrals so far this 2019-2020 school year. 32 percent of the referrals support students on the autism spectrum. 52 percent of the referrals support staff in helping students in Kindergarten to Grade 3.
2019-2020 Strategic Action Plan mid-year update
Mid-year updates to the 2019-2020 Strategic Action Plan will be available soon on the school board website. Each superintendent of learning shared with trustees one or two items from the action plans that are progressing this school year despite the labour disruption, which has impacted many initiatives and professional development.
Superintendent Dave Golden shared that in the mental health portfolio, there has been feedback gathered from parents and students to help in the development of resources to address suicide ideation versus self injury. Cultural considerations, safety plans, risk assessment tools, guidelines for students following hospitalization, and gudelines for administrators when staff express suicide ideation have all been considered in resource development.
Golden also shared an update about implementation of Indigenous Education courses being developed for practical academic students. He highlighted work being done at IE Weldon Secondary School with support from Curve Lake First Nation. Students in Practical Academics and Learning Skills (PA&LS) classes are developing stories to help with understanding their own personal connections with the land. Using the seven grandfather teachings, the plan is to be able to duplicate this with all schools for PA&LS students.
Superintendent Jennifer Johnston shared information about special education plans for students with autism, including behaviour strategies and needed training for EAs. Working with Tri County Support Services, intensive training has been provided to learn strategies which can be applied in daily work. The department will be monitoring this training to determine how confidence and skill sets are improved.
The new After Schools Skills Development Program was also shared by Johnston. This program has been made possible from Ministry of Education funding. A needs analysis took place to determine the target age and focus for the program. Five programs will run to develop social skills and participating students will vary from elementary to secondary school students. Registration is currently underway and training for educators will be in partnership with Autism Ontario.
Superintendent Katherine MacIver provided an update from the Curriculum Services Department. Numeracy continues to be an area of focus for the department with a professional learning day in October that was based on design down planning for instruction in the classroom. In October and November there were two sessions for Grade 3 and Grade 6 teachers, which were very well received. There are seven teaching and learning coaches, as well as consultants who are working directly with teachers in schools resulting in a lot of teaching, co-learning, and co-planning despite labour disruption.
MacIver also shared information about the department’s work on experiential learning. Plans are in place for Grade 7 students to visit local colleges in April and May. There have also been ongoing meetings with the Workforce Development Board and other partners to collaborate on how to help students plan for their post secondary education and future careers. Financial literacy is being implemented using the new Grade 10 curriculum. And, a new School Within A College (SWAC) program has been started in the Muskoka area at Georgian College.
Superintendent Paul Goldring from Technology Services shared that the department has recently been audited through a government initiative in the fall. The final audit report has resulted in a review of the overall structure of the department. There will be a Technology Services Steering Committee established, and new HelpDesk software is being researched to streamline and provide analytics for technology assistance processes.
Goldring also shared that enterprise software implementation is taking place, including data migration from Payroll, Accounting, and Employee Services Departments. Current paper-based systems will be moving to an electronic format, which will help with hiring, onboarding, and electronic performance appraisals. The change will also include an electronic call-out system for secondary supply teachers.
Suspensions and expulsions report
Superintendent of Learning Dave Golden provided trustees with a report on student suspensions and expulsions since September 2029. Elementary and secondary student data was provided in comparison to the same period in previous years.
2020 Board and Committee of the Whole meetings schedule
Trustees approved the meeting dates for the upcoming calendar year.
|Regular Board Meeting||March 31, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay|
|Committee of the Whole||April 14, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Haliburton County Education Centre, Minden|
|Regular Board Meeting||April 28, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay|
|Committee of the Whole||May 12, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Muskoka Education Centre, Bracebridge|
|Regular Board Meeting||May 26, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay|
|Committee of the Whole||June 9, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay|
|Regular Board Meeting||August 25, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay|
|Committee of the Whole||September 8, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Haliburton County Education Centre, Minden|
|Regular Board Meeting||September 22, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay|
|Committee of the Whole||October 13, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Muskoka Education Centre, Bracebridge|
|Regular Board Meeting||October 27, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay|
|Committee of the Whole||November 10, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Haliburton County Education Centre, Minden|
|Regular Board Meeting||November 24, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay|
|Organizational Meeting||December 8, 2020||6:30 p.m.||Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay|
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