Toronto District School Board

Inclusion and Special Education

What is Our Equity Goal?

Ensuring that every student in every school is welcomed and included within the most enabling learning environment.

How Have We Started To Achieve It?

  • Focused on improving communication materials. 
  • Started exploring remodel of Home School Program (HSP) by connecting with staff and community about the upcoming changes and sharing best practices around program. 
  • Developed and conducted ongoing training sessions for staff throughout the year, including: IPRC Chair Sessions; Student with Special Needs: Management of Risk of Injury Behaviours; Supporting Students with Autism in the Regular Classroom and in CBRM; IEP content and IST/SST Process. 
  • Initiated a collaborative inquiry with schools to actively engage and provide support around re-imagining models of support for students with identified learning needs.

What Have We Learned?

We have listened to voices of parents and families and know more needs to be done to improve services in the area of Special Education.

Through the Learning Centre Strategy, we are finding that issues are being resolved in a timely manner and that schools with central supports are responding effectively to parent concerns.

What’s Next?

  • Continue collaboration with SEAC and families to improve learning, achievement and well-being for students with special education needs 
  • Engage in a process of understanding how our current IPRC/IEP processes are not/supporting our students to be successful and to re-construct these processes keeping this learning in mind. 
  • Work more closely with parents so that practices connected to Special Education (e.g. Identification, Placement and Review Committee and Individual Education Plans) create consistency and allow for authentic parent engagement and involvement. This will include ensuring an opportunity for parents to provide feedback regarding their IPRC experience, in order to improve our processes. 
  • Deliver site-based, classroom-embedded professional learning connected to Special Education, including both student identification and program delivery. 
  • Continue to remodel the Home School Program with an anti-racist, anti-oppression stance and an emphasis on greater inclusion, to address the over-representation of Racialized and Indigenous students in Special Education. • Implement a system-wide professional learning plan, to build capacity with a goal to improve learning, achievement and well-being for students with special education
  • Implement a system-wide professional learning plan, to build capacity with a goal to improve learning, achievement and well-being for students with special education

 

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Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire
the knowledge, skills, and values
they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.
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