Special education teachers, support staff, consultants, speech and psychology staff, and the administration, are dedicated and committed to increasing achievement and well-being of our exceptional students. They ensure our students try and reach their potential and achieve their dreams. Special Education is a vocation and teachers and support staff strive to do God’s work as we support students to develop into self-directed, responsible, lifelong learners who demonstrates a confident and positive sense of self and respect for the dignity and welfare of others.
CDSBEO supports Learning for All, the Ministry of Education document on Literacy and Numeracy instruction to meet the needs of students with Special Education needs within the classroom. We believe that all students can succeed and achieve high standards given sufficient time and support, and that differentiated instruction recognizes that each child has unique patterns of learning. This belief is central to the department’s framework, Targeting Achievement for All, which provides innovative and creative programming to support students with special needs in the areas of reading, writing and thinking across the grades.
The department successfully facilitates students meeting I.E.P. goals, completing identified and measurable performance tasks and making major gains in provincial, school, and board-wide assessments. The Board makes it possible for students to access technology to assist in learning and for the necessary accommodations required for completing assessments.
Together we are striving to “raise the bar” so that students achieve higher standards and student specific goals and “close the gap” between student potential and their performance. Monitoring student improvement is critical. Results indicate that gaps in learning are closing.
The responsibility for inclusive education is shared between classroom teachers, special education teachers and support staff, who collaborate to plan and deliver programs that motivate and engage students in learning.
“We are measured by what we do for our most vulnerable and in this way the system strives to be God’s instrument,” Donaleen Hawes, Superintendent of School Effectiveness.