Learning for All Parent Workshop – Celebrates Diversity
Saturday, April 27 at Stratford Northwestern
The Learning for All Parent Workshop is an annual event organized by the Avon Maitland Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). This year the topic is "Celebrating Diversity: Including all Children with Special Education Needs in the Regular Classroom".
This year's Learning for All Parent Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in the large gym at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School. The event runs from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm.
Chris D’souza has taught at the elementary and secondary level and was the Equity and Diversity Officer for 5 years at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. He was a Course Director in the Faculty of Education at York University for three years and is now teaching at St. Roch Secondary School in Dufferin-Peel. He has conducted over 3000 Equity and Anti-Oppression workshops. He is the founder and chair of the Equity Summit Group, a collaborative of over 26 school boards in Ontario. Chris was part of the writing team that created the Ministry of Education’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy. In November 2009 he was honoured with a National Award by the Harmony Movement which promotes the eradication of discrimination globally. He is the author of two books, the most recent being a children’s storybook, “Why Are All Taxi Driver’s.....?”.
This session will explore how the use of technology has revolutionized the ability of our non-verbal and minimally verbal students to communicate their thoughts, opinions, needs, ideas and knowledge. Communication is the key to academic, social vocational and personal success. We believe that all of our students can successfully communicate when given the opportunity and the tools.
Transitions and HELP Assessment Tool Creating a successful transition plan requires careful planning and collaboration by many team members. Some of the tools that we use to ensure the success of our students transitions are: universal supports guide, transition kits, and scheduled meetings for receiving school and/or sending team and family. Ensuring that we have a prepared student, prepared environment and prepared family will pave the way for a seamless transition. HELP - Hawaii Early Learning Profile is a curriculum-based assessment tool, covering skills in the areas of Cognitive, Language, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Social, and Self-Help. This tool is used to determine appropriate goal areas for students with special education needs.
Dr. Sheila Bennett is a professor and former chair in the Department of Teacher Education. Professionally, Sheila has worked as a classroom and special education teacher, school board resource person and faculty member. She has been active in the field of special education for many years and has been involved in policy and practical issues in the field. Co-chair of the Special Education Transformation Document as well as co-author of Special Education in Ontario Schools, Sheila has dedicated her career to working with educators and students in her chosen field.
Stratford Trustee Mike Bannerman is a member of the Special Education Advisory Committee and one of the organizers for the Learning for All Parent Workshop. We sat down with Mike recently to get his perspective on the importance of such an event for parents.
Details of the Event
There will also be display booths set up around the location that can be viewed during breaks and at the end of the speaker presentations.
* Registration is Required (Register early for door prizes)
* Day Care is Available
For more information please call 519-527-0111 ext 114 or 1-800-592-5437 ext 114
Stratford Northwestern Secondary School is fully accessible and peanut free. Please show consideration for those with environmental allergies and refrain from wearing scented products (i.e. perfume, after shave, hair care products). If any other considerations are required, please call 1-800-592-5437 ext 114. This will help us create a barrier-free environment.