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December 12, 2007 - SEAC Minutes
Special Education Advisory Committee
December 12, 2007

A meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee was held at the Royal Coachman in Napanee on Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 5:00 p.m.
Present Trustees:
Elaine Crawford, Co-Chair
Helen Brown (Alternate)
Paula Murray
Barb McLaren
Present Staff:
Marg Akey, Supervising Principal
David Allison, Principal, Educational Services
Darlene Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary
Rob Pearson, Vice-Principal, Educational Services       
Present Other:
Jill Johnson, Alternate, Parents for Children’s Mental Health
Brad Shoniker, Member-at-Large
Charlene Whalen, Family & Children’s Services, Lennox and Addington
David Williams, Learning Disabilities Association of Kingston
Kathy Bennett, Community Living Kingston
Pat LaLonde, Autism Society
Laurie French, Trustee
Nicole Eddington, C.N.I.B.
John Freeman, Member-at-Large (Queen’s University)
Nicholas Kaduck, Parents for Children’s Mental Health
Winton Roberts, Community Living - North Frontenac
Kristin Check, School-to-Community Coordinator
Kathy McVety Kavanagh, Special Education Program Coordinator
Lauren Wale, Educational Services Coordinator
The meeting was chaired by Trustee Crawford.  She welcomed those present to the meeting, especially Jill Johnson, the alternate member from Parents for Children’s Mental Health.  She thanked Educational Services staff and the representatives from the Associations for their hard work, and wished everyone a happy holiday season.

Approval of the Agenda

MOVED BY Trustee Murray, seconded by David Williams, that the agenda, as distributed, be approved.–Carried

Approval of Minutes

MOVED BY Charlene Whalen, seconded by Brad Shoniker, that the minutes of the November 21, 2007 meeting, as distributed, be approved.–Carried

Educational Services Update

Mr. Allison advised that a Student Support Teacher/Learning Program Support Teacher In-Service was held on December 6, 2007, with the focus being Applied Behavioural Analysis training, as well as the Reading and Writing Connection.  He said that the meeting dealt with PPM 140 (Incorporating Methods of Applied Behaviour Analysis Into Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders), with presentations being given by the Educational Services Autism Team.

Mr. Allison reported that LDSB will partner with Pathways for Children and Youth to provide Social Learning training for teachers and administrators.  The training will take place on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.  This training will provide an opportunity for staff to learn more about autism.  He said that the Board appreciates the work of its partners in providing these programs for teachers.

Mr. Allison stated that the Autism Team will provide another Nuts and Bolts of Applied Behavioural Analysis workshop for Principals and Vice-Principals in January.  He said that a survey will be distributed to Principals and Vice-Principals to see what other topics they are interested in related to special education.

Mr. Allison advised that a Developmental Disabilities course will begin January 16, 2008, and the course will run for six weeks.

Mr. Allison reported that Eva Carlin (Deaf/Hard of Hearing Resource Teacher) had arranged for a representative from Odonicom FM to speak to the new FM systems and resources available for deaf/hard of hearing students.  He said that the session was well attended.

Mr. Allison commented that Premier At Home Software is now available for students and parents of the Limestone District School Board to access from their homes. This software has many outstanding features that are very useful in supporting all students.

Ms. Akey introduced Jill Johnson, the alternate member from Parents for Children’s Mental Health, welcoming her to the meeting.

Ms. Akey advised of a co-terminus SEAC opportunity.  She stated that  the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) has arranged for Kevin Cameron to provide a session on Threat Assessment on Wednesday, February 6, 2008, and has offered to host the LDSB SEAC and provide dinner.  She said that the Hastings-Prince Edward DSB will most likely attend this session and well.  Committee members agreed to attend the February 6, 2008 session at the ALCSB.  Ms. Akey stated that Threat Assessment training will take place on February 7 and 8, 2008.  Brad Shoniker indicated that he would like to attend the training session.  Ms. Akey stated that if anyone else wishes to attend this training, to please let her know.  She commented on the very positive support from our community partners with regard to the development of a Community Threat Assessment Protocol to be signed off in January 2008.

Ms. Akey stated that she had communicated with the School Council Liaison Committee about an association representative for gifted or talented students.  She indicated that they had also suggested talking to John Freeman to see if someone from the Queen’s SEED Program would be interested in becoming a member of SEAC.

Ms. Akey reported that Kathy McVety Kavanagh is attending a symposium on Aboriginal Education.

Ms. Akey commented on the protocol for service dogs in our schools which was developed in May 2005, noting that a LDSB student is getting a service dog and that we will work through the protocol as it has been drafted.  She said that it is quite exciting.

Mr. Allison reported that Youth Access held a Christmas luncheon earlier today, and that it was wonderful.

Trustee Crawford thanked Mr. Allison and Ms. Akey for their update.

Association Updates

Learning Disabilities Association of Kingston

David Williams reported that a parents’ support group will start up again in January, noting that monthly meetings are planned for January, February, March and April.

Next Meeting Date

The next meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at the Board Office.  A meeting has also been scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 5 p.m., at the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Dairy Avenue, Napanee.


MOVED BY Brad Shoniker, seconded by Trustee Murray, that the meeting adjourn at  5:45