Students- Every student will be supported by evidence-based instructional strategies, resources and interventions differentiated to their strengths and needs.
What the data says...
- 89% of students report they know how they learn best.
- 1 in 5 students indicated they did not feel comfortable asking their teacher for help.
- 70% of students said their teacher understands the way they learn as use different learning strategies.
Source: Have Your Say survey results
Strategies are in place to help to reduce the gap in achievement for students with special education needs on all EQAO assessments. The Elementary Learning Disability (LD) Project in Math will be extended to Grade 9 this year (nine secondary schools this year and nine the following year).
The proportion of students who believe their teacher knows them as a learner, as well as the proportion of students who believe they know themselves as learners, will be increased through All About Me, myBlueprint and Individual Pathways Planning. These tools empower students to make more informed education and career choices by gaining a better understanding of their individual strengths, weaknesses and learning styles. Teachers are able to gain a comprehensive understanding of their students’ learning skills, academic progress and achievement from these expanded student profile tools. The expanded secondary student profile contains data from report cards, provincial assessments, IEPs, ELL designation and STEP, along with demographic and medical information and parent/guardian contact details.
Assistive Technology training was provided to 170 students with new SEA prescription devices and more than 400 teachers. Training was focused on Google Read & Write, Google Drive, Google Docs and Mindomo to improve students’ writing, organization, brainstorming, research and study skills.
Assistive Technology camps were held during March Break and the summer. A total of 287 students from 63 elementary schools attended the four-week camps in July. More than 135 elementary and secondary teachers and educational assistants (EAs) attended Assistive Technology workshops in the summer.
The Employability Skills Certificate (ESC) Program continues to operate well with 44 students enrolled in the program this year. Many of the 12 graduating students entered competitive employment upon completion of the certificate. The 2016-2017 school year was the first year of implementation for the Community Skills Certificate (CSC). A total of 60 students were enrolled in the program, with 13 students graduating.