Special Education Advisory Committee
November 21, 2007
A meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee was held at Amherstview Public School on Wednesday, November 21, 2007, at 7:00 p.m
Elaine Crawford, Co-Chair
Marg Akey, Supervising Principal
David Allison, Principal, Educational Services
Darlene Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary
Kathy Marrocco, Teacher, Counselling and Skills Development, Amherstview Public School
Kathy McVety Kavanagh, Special Education Program Coordinator
Peter Mouncey, Principal, Westdale Park Public School
Rob Pearson, Vice-Principal, Educational Services
Brenda Vanalstyne, Program E.A., Amherstview P.S.
Kathy Bennett, Community Living Kingston
Pat LaLonde, Autism Society
Charlene Whalen, Family & Children’s Services, Lennox and Addington
Laurie French, Trustee
Nicole Eddington, C.N.I.B.
John Freeman, Member-at-Large (Queen’s University)
Lori Gammeljord, Member-at-Large (Chamber of Commerce)
Jessica Gies, Epilepsy Kingston
Nicholas Kaduck, Parents for Children’s Mental Health
Barb McLaren, Trustee
Paula Murray, Trustee
Winton Roberts, Community Living - North Frontenac
Brad Shoniker, Member-at-Large
David Williams, Learning Disabilities Association of Kingston
Kristin Check, School-to-Community Coordinator
Lauren Wale, Educational Services Coordinator
The meeting was chaired by Kathy Bennett. She welcomed those present to the meeting.
Approval of the Agenda
MOVED BY Trustee Crawford, seconded by Charlene Whalen, that the agenda, as distributed, be approved.–Carried.
Approval of Minutes
MOVED BY Charlene Whalen, seconded by Trustee Crawford, that the minutes of the October 17, 2007 meeting, as distributed, be approved.–Carried
Smart Board Presentation
Ms. Akey introduced Kathy Marrocco, Teacher, Counselling and Skills Development Program, and Brenda Vanalstyne, Program EA, at Amherstview Public School.
Ms. Marrocco welcomed those present to her classroom and she introduced students James, Nate, and Kit who helped her demonstrate the Smart Board.
Kathy Bennett thanked Ms. Marrocco and the students for providing a demonstration of the Smart Board.
Ms. Marrocco, Ms. Vanalstyne, and the students withdrew from the meeting.
Report of Shared Solutions: A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts Regarding Programs and Services for Students with Special Needs
Mrs. Akey distributed copies of the Shared Solutions: A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts Regarding Programs and Services for Students with Special Needs document. She commented on the in-service session held in Ottawa on November 7, 2007, noting that boards were invited to sent a team to Ottawa on November 7, 2007 to participate in an in-service session with regard to the document. She reported that David Allison, Kathy McVety-Kavanagh, Kathy Bennett, Charlene Whalen, Janis Barling, Pam Bidinost and herself had attended the session.
Mrs. Akey indicated that the morning session consisted of awareness and working through the document, and the afternoon session consisted of conflict resolution skills training.
Kathy Bennett said that she found the in-service to be very informative. She said that there are definitely issues inherent to providing good special education programs. She commented on the reasons for conflict in special education, and on conflict resolution. She said that the video shown at the in-service was very good. A suggestion was made that the video be shown at a future SEAC meeting.
Charlene Whalen commented that she also found the in-service session very good, and it focused on the best outcomes for students. She said that the presenter was dynamic.
Mrs. Akey said that the “Overview of Special Education” chapter in the guide was good. She said that the guide has been shared with the LDSB Program Team. The team has talked about change and how to move forward with good solutions with regard to conflict. Mrs. Akey said that the document transcends all areas of school, not just special education.
Educational Services Update
Mr. Allison advised that the Quinte Detention Centre has received Ministry funding for CTCC programs for the Arts. He said that individuals at the Quinte Detention Centre produced a package of artwork as part of their program classroom, and he circulated it. He advised that David Mathers, the contact teacher at the facility, will do a Quinte Journal periodically. Mr. Allison also circulated a recent newspaper article regarding the Quinte Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
Mr. Allison advised that Educational Services staff presented a workshop on the programs and services available through Educational Services at the recent Parent Information Night at LCVI, noting that the workshop was well received.
Mr. Allison reported on the Geneva Centre for Autism training that was given in early October, noting that the LDSB partnered with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board for this training. He advised that 35 LDSB educational assistants, and 15 educational assistants from ALCDSB were trained, and the training was well received. He said more training will be held in April for a different group of educational assistants.
Mr. Allison advised that the Autism Team provided an excellent in-service at the October 29, 2007 PD Day for Educational Services staff. The team organized and facilitated the “Nuts and Bolts of Applied Behaviour Analysis” workshop, and the afternoon agenda involved another session, which was “Incorporating Methods of Applied Behaviour Analysis”.
Mr. Allison reported that on November 20, 2007, as part of CODE, OFIP and OPA, Marian Trehearne presented to Behaviour Learning Centre teachers, and others, information about LD programs. He advised that clinical staff from Educational Services were involved in an interactive follow-up session the next day.
Mr. Allison reported that the Transition Planning Advisory Committee of Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Counties will present an information session on November 29, 2007 at LCVI, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The session is for parents and the topics include:
• Pulling Resources Together (Carol Rogers)
• Ministry Funding (Lynn Moore)
• ODSP and Income Support (Judy Regis)
• Student Class: Fun Activities for Students
• Community Information Fair
Mr. Allison advised that SST/LPS teachers will meet on December 6, 2007, with the focus being Applied Behavioural Analysis training, as well as Reading and Writing Connection.
Mr. Allison further advised that BMS training will be offered to teachers, and administrators on December 5 and 12, 2007. Strategies with regard to physical interventions will be provided.
Mr. Allison reported that BMS Training is being offered to Frontenac Secondary School and Sharbot Lake High School Families of Schools on November 23, 2007.
Mr. Allison remarked that the SST/LPS course was completed last evening. He thanked Kathy McVety-Kavanagh and Kristin Check, the co-chairs who organized this course, for their work, noting that 50 people attended this course this year.
Mr. Allison commented on “The Vicious Circle” DVD produced by LCVI student Nick Arnold, noting that the theme is dealing with awareness around issues related to bullying. He said that Wendy Craig provided a brief introduction to the DVD, which was shown to all Educational Services staff at their meeting on November 12, 2007.
Mr. Allison reported that the “Effective Educational Practices for Student with ASD” Resource Guide is out in its final form. Copies are in all schools.
Kathy Bennett thanked Mr. Allison for his update.
Family & Children’s Services, Lennox and Addington
Charlene Whalen reported that she had attended Bill 212 Safe Schools Training at the Strathcona Arena in Napanee. Mrs. Akey stated that Nicholas Kaduck represented SEAC at the other Bill 212 training session in Kingston, noting it was well received. She said that a Steering Committee has been established to review the Board policy and administrative procedures to comply with Bill 212. She indicated that the Board policy and administrative procedures have to be updated by February 1, 2008. Charlene Whalen volunteered to be the SEAC representative on the Steering Committee.
Pat LaLonde advised that she had attended SEAC training for two days in Toronto recently, noting that it was interesting to meet other SEAC representatives. She reported on the main issues that seem to be occurring in different boards – i.e. changes taking place in IEP that reflect Applied Behaviour Analysis. She said that she is waiting to have documents sent from Peel Region that reflect ABA Methodologies in the IEP. She said that the Autism Society hopes to pair with the Geneva Centre to bring SEAC training for professionals during the day, and parents in the evening.
In response to a question from Ms. LaLonde, Mrs. Akey stated that our Board received a full day of SEAC training in Ottawa, which was excellent. She said that she would ask the Ministry to provide another training module.
In response to comments from Ms. LaLonde, Mrs. Akey said that she would bring LDSB Policy 10 that outlines the role and responsibilities of SEAC to a future SEAC meeting.
In response to further comments from Ms. LaLonde, Mrs. Akey said that Educational Services has developed an Implementation Plan for PPM 140 and ABA.
Mrs. Akey advised that Educational Services staff will meet with representatives from Pathways on December 4, 2007 to put together a package for training teachers with students with ASD. She said that the Ministry of Education has provided more funding for training. She said that BMS Training and ABA Training will be incorporated.
Kathy McVety-Kavanagh said that another autism course will run in the spring, and Pathways will partner with LDSB to offer training. The course will be offered to elementary and secondary teachers.
Next Meeting Date
The next meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. at the Royal Coachman Restaurant in Napanee.
MOVED BY Trustee Crawford, seconded by Pat LaLonde, that the meeting adjourn at 8:25 p.m.–Carried