Posts tagged ‘Special Education’
Selected from the news release:
- “Ontario is launching eight pilot projects to provide more reading support for students with learning disabilities, with participating schools in Cambridge, London, Sudbury and Windsor.”
- “These projects are intended to help students with learning disabilities get the support they need closer to home, and improve their reading skills.”
- “The pilots are supported by a research team and are intended to strengthen school boards’ capacity to provide more support for students without having to leave their community. This team will provide input and guidance on how best to share the knowledge gained from the pilots with other school boards across Ontario.”
LD@school has posted a free podcast titled Executive Functioning Explained: Recognizing, Understanding, Supporting by Dr. Marie-Josée Gendron, Ph.D., C.Psych. Links to additional and related resources are also provided.
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The Ministry has released a new resource supporting the French language curriculum, titled Including students with special education needs in French as a second language programs: A guide for Ontario Schools.
It is hard enough to find resources on teaching French, let alone French students with special needs.
I took a quick look and the Ebsco journal databases included 3 fairly recent articles:
- Joy, R., & Murphy, E. (2012). The inclusion of children with special educational needs in an intensive French as a second language program: From theory to practice. Canadian Journal of Education, 35(1), 102-119.
- Arnett, K. (2010). Scaffolding instruction in a grade 8 core French classroom: An exploratory case study. Canadian Modern Language Review, 66(4), 557-582. Request email copy from Professional Library.
- Mady, C., & Arnett, K. (2009). Inclusion in French Immersion in Canada: One parent’s perspective. Exceptionality Education International, 19(2), p37-49.
The March 2105 (vol. 50 (4)) issue of Intervention in School and Clinic includes an article by Adam W. McCrimmon (University of Calgary) titled Inclusive Education in Canada: Issues in Teacher Preparation, pages 234-237.
In the article, McCrimmon reports that many teachers, working in inclusive/integrated/mainstreamed classrooms, feel unprepared, that they “do not feel that they possess the required expertise to effectively instruct students” (p 235). Research also indicates that teacher attitudes towards exceptional students improves positively with more years of experience and “that teacher knowledge and experience with childhood disabilities has been shown to dramatically enhance teacher self-efficacy and effectiveness” ( p. 235).
McCrimmon looked at course descriptions posted on the websites of faculties of education of the four largest Canadian universities and concluded that “none of the these programs appears to require teachers in training to be systematically exposed to definitions and/or descriptions of childhood disabilities in conjunction with mentored experience with research-informed effective classroom-based intervention practices” (p. 235).
Acknowledging the problem of the BEd curriculum already being at its maximum, McCrimmon suggests that “the provision of focused certificate programs that provide highly specialized training and experience with specific childhood disabilities to enhance teachers’ knowledge and capacity in the classroom” (p. 236) is one solution, and he describes the program offered by one Canadian university as a postgraduate certificate.
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Check out the Special Education website launched via EduGains. Note that it includes a section dedicated to ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorders, sample IEPs, and learning disabilities. Use the site to find ministry documents/ resources, policies, as well as links to non-Ministry resources/sites.
People for Education has released a new 4-minute video for parents on special education. It provides an overview on what to do if you think your child has a learning difference and needs additional school support. Key points include the importance of advocating for your child and being aware of the range of special education supports available for the student. For schools, this would be a great video to share with parents, and include in newsletters.
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The Spring 2014 issue of Theory into Practice (53:2) is a theme issue titled Inclusive Schooling and Leadership for Social Justice and it includes a variety of articles on ESL, Race, LGBTQ, Poverty, Leadership.
The one article I am going to highlight is titled Leading Inclusive Reform for Students with Disabilities: A School- and Systemwide Approach by Theoharris and Causton. I like it because although it focuses on spec ed students, it’s scope is broader: ” it is important to note that students with disabilities are not the only subset of students who have been systematically denied access to the general education classroom … ]me> other groups, eg race, ESL, poverty] … who are like to to be excluded from the curriculum, instruction and peers of the general education classroom. ….When students are removed from the general education classroom there is a trade-off and cost to that.” (p 97).
The article outlines a 7-part process to create authentically inclusive schools. The 7 parts are:
- Creating service delivery maps
- Align school structures
- Rethink staffing: Creating instructional teams
- Impacting classroom practices
- Ongoing monitoring, adjusting and celebrating
- Ongoing: Create a climate of belonging
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