Learning Supports Team

Designing Learning to Fit the Child

There's a popular cartoon in learning circles that shows a group of children gathered at the bottom of the school steps while the caretaker shovels the snow off them. One of the children, in a wheelchair, asks the caretaker to shovel the nearby ramp first. He says no, "because all the other kids are waiting to get up the stairs." Then the child points out that if he'd shovel the ramp, they could all get in.

It's such an obvious truth, it's hard to imagine educators missed it for so long. When we design an educational experience that works for the most gifted and most challenged among us--across the multiple dimensions of learning skills and abilities--we create a better learning environment for everyone. At Rocky View, inclusion doesn't mean trying to fit a child into a learning environment designed for someone else. It means designing the learning environment to fit the child - every child. --Greg Roberts, Director of Learning Supports

Learning Supports Services

Coaching and Mentoring TeachersBuilding Understanding of the Individual Learner
  • Building flexible, adaptable learning spaces and experiences
  • Implementing adaptive technologies
  • Creating safe and caring learning environments
  • Managing behavioural issues in positive ways
  • Training for safe practice
  • Creating Individual Program Plans (IPPs)
  • Observing, testing and assessing
  • Reviewing files and collaborating with school-based teams
  • Providing resources for special learning needs
Directly Supporting LearnersCoordinating Wrap-Around Community Services.
  • Psychological services
  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Family School Liaison
  • Positive Behaviour Strategists
  • Learning Specialists (including First Nations, Metis and Inuit)
  • Mental Health Consultants (AHS)
  • Audiology (AHS)
  • Specialist consultancy for students with complex learning needs (RCCA -Regional Collaborative Calgary and Area)

Learning Supports Professionals

All requests for support must be initiated by the school. Parents who believe their child requires additional support should speak to their child's teacher or school principal.

Family School LiaisonsTeachers and administrators may access a family school liaison (FSL) worker by calling their assigned FSL After consultation, the FSL may direct you to make a formal eLSTR referral for service.

 

  • provides needs assessments and short-term support to students, families and schools
  • Provides resources and strategies to assist building on family and school strengths
  • Advocates for and assists families to access services
  • Support families through Community Outreach of Pediatrics and Psychiatry in Education (COPE)
Learning SpecialistsThe Director of Learning Supports or a psychologist will recommend a learning specialist after consultation with the school-based team.
  • Support transitions between schools and jurisdictions
  • Professional learning for teachers and support staff
  • Facilitate building modification needs
  • Facilitate special transportation needs
  • Provide support for student programming, particularly programming for complex needs
Positive Behaviour StrategistsThe school psychologist and/or learning specialist will recommend services of a positive behaviour strategist after consultation with the school-based team.

 

  • Provide one-to-one support and intervention to identified students
  • Provide ongoing modelling and coaching to teachers and support staff
  • Provide knowledge and expertise in designing personalized learning programs for behaviour
  • partner with educators, families and community agencies
PsychologistsSchool principals may consult with the psychologist assigned to their school and submit an eLSTR referral for service if needed.

  • Observation, testing and assessment for learning
  • File reviews
  • Risk assessments and behavioural assessments
  • Ongoing coaching, professional learning and consultation

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