Special Education Advisory Committee
December 11, 2013
A meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee was held in the Barry C. O’Connor Board Room at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, ON, on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.
P. Murray, Co-Chair
Karen Jeffrey, Lennox and Addington Resources for Children
Meghan Leuprecht, Alternate, Family & Childrens Services, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
Andrea Martin, Member-at-Large (Queens University)
Erin Sheldon, Community Living Kingston
Brad Shoniker, Member-at-Large
David Williams, Learning Disabilities Association of Kingston
Sue Burnett, Special Education Program Coordinator
Jennifer Davidson-Harden, Chief Psychologist and Mental Health Lead
Chris Herron, Educational Services and Safe Schools Coordinator
Alison McDonnell, Supervising Principal
Jennifer Murphy, Special Education
Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson, Special Education Program Coordinator
Steve Ward, Vice-Principal of Educational Services
Darlene Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary
Nadine Carson, Epilepsy Kingston
Amanda Collins, Easter Seals
Charlene Whalen, Family & Childrens Services, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
Darlene Scarlett, Principal of
The first part of the meeting was chaired by Trustee Murray. She called the meeting to order, welcoming those present to the meeting.
Approval of Agenda
MOVED BY Brad Shoniker, seconded by Trustee Crawford, that the agenda, as distributed, be approved.–Carried
Declaration of Conflict of Interest
No SEAC member declared a conflict of interest.
Approval of Minutes
MOVED BY Brad Shoniker, seconded by Karen Jeffrey, that the minutes of the November 20, 2013 meeting, as distributed, be approved.–Carried
Business Arising From the Minutes
There was no business arising from the November 20, 2013 SEAC minutes.
Election of Agency Co-Chair
Trustee Murray called for nominations for the position of Co-Chair from the representatives of the agencies.
MOVED BY Karen Jeffrey, seconded by Brad Shoniker, that David Williams be appointed to the position of Agency Co-Chair of the Special Education Advisory Committee for the period December 1, 2013 to November 30, 2014.
Trustee Murray asked Mr. Williams if he would accept the nomination. Mr. Williams indicated that he would, noting that his appointment would end at the end of June 2014.
Trustee Murray called for further nominations two more times.
MOVED BY Andrea Martin, seconded by Erin Sheldon, that nominations be closed.– Carried
MOVED BY Karen Jeffrey, seconded by Brad Shoniker, that David Williams be appointed to the position of Agency Co-Chair of the Special Education Advisory Committee, for the period December 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.–Carried
Trustee Murray congratulated Mr. Williams on being acclaimed to the position of Agency Co-Chair of the Special Education Advisory Committee for the period December 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
Mr. Williams stated that he was pleased to accept the position of Agency Co-Chair, indicating that he is looking forward to continuing in the role.
Trustee Murray withdrew from the chair, and Mr. Williams assumed the chair.
EQAO Data – Students with Special Needs (Secondary) (Strategic Plan Reference: Item 1.1)
Ms. McDonnell advised that the information related to EQAO data for students with special education needs excludes gifted students.
Ms. McDonnell reported that the participation among students with special education needs is encouraging. She said that 98% of students with special education needs participated in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test compared to 86% provincially, and 50% of first-time eligible students with special education needs were successful, compared to 44% across the province. The proportion of Limestone students with special education needs remains higher than the provincial average; however, 2013 results show our students scored 6% higher than the provincial average.
Ms. McDonnell reviewed the Grade 9 EQAO Mathematics – Proportion of Student with Special Education Needs Achieving the Provincial Standard. She reported that the success rate of students with special needs was similar to, or higher than the province for most accommodation types, and significantly higher than the province for students using assistive technology and those provided with computer access for responses.
Mr.Williams thanked Ms. McDonnell for providing the above-noted information.
Continuation of Goal Setting Discussion
Ms. Murphy and Mr. Stefanovich-Thomson led the group in an activity that would lead to the generation of ideas as part of SEAC’s goal setting. They indicated that at the last meeting, the core beliefs from the Learning For All document were reviewed, and at that meeting they asked SEAC members to think about some goals that would be appropriate for SEAC between then and now.
Ms. Sheldon provided information related to SEACs in Ontario, that she compiled for Community Living Ontario. She is to forward the presentation to Darlene Kirkpatrick for distribution to SEAC members.
SEAC members and staff worked on the activity, and discussed their ideas within groups. Darlene Kirkpatrick is to collate the information and forward it to SEAC members. In January SEAC members begin to prioritize SEAC goals.
Mr. Williams thanked Ms. Murphy, Ms. Sheldon and Mr. Stefanovich-Thomson for their work with regard to the goal setting discussion.
Ms. Murphy and Mr. Stefanovich-Thomson thanked SEAC members for their participation in the activity.
There was no correspondence at this time.
Karen Jeffrey, Lennox and Addington Resources for Children
Ms. Jeffrey indicated that they are continuing to work on the transition to school process.
Mr. Williams thanked Ms. Jeffrey for providing the above-noted information.
Meghan Leuprecht, Family Support Program, Family and Children’s Services, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
Ms. Leuprecht reported that Family and Children’s Services, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is adjusting to the movement of their office, noting that they are now dealing with the people in Ottawa.
Mr. Williams thanked Ms. Leuprecht for providing the above-noted information.
Ms. Martin spoke to some of the challenges in terms of communication around the implementation of the two-year Bachelor of Education program.
Ministry Updates (Strategic Plan Reference: Items 1.1 and 2.1)
There were no updates at this time.
Next Meeting Date
The next meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston. The remaining meeting dates for the 2013-2014 school year are: February 19, 2014, March 19, 2014, April 16, 2014, May 28, 2014 (4th Wednesday), and June 11, 2014 (2nd Wednesday).
MOVED BY Karen Jeffrey, seconded by Brad Shoniker, that the meeting adjourn at 8:15 p.m.–Carried