2012 School Review FeedbackApril 26th AM COMMENTS:What’s Working: As we’re evolving through the years and meeting in this capacity, we’re finding value in the process of having discussions with other schools around service delivery Communication is working well from Student Services and the problem solving approach used. Feel supported with problem solving & finding solutions Involving all stakeholders in ID Mtgs – teachers, PSPs, etc. Having good support from student services in time of need. Appreciate that we are sticking to the process of aiming for exemplary practice in areas of service delivery as identified by the Ministry of Ed. – appreciate the transparency and openness to feedback, and staying with this process instead of jumping on new initiativesWhat’s Tricky: Having resources/support for students who don’t qualify as students with intensive needs – the diversity students that we still need to support Having support/resources/solutions for students with extremely difficult behaviours so that it’s not negatively impacting the learning environment for other students. Parental involvement and support and the engagement/partnership of other agencies is still difficult at timesWhat could be done differently: Be tighter on roles and deadlines around ID Mtgs – schools & PSPs be prepared (schools get paperwork in on time and PSPs have ideas to share) Having more school-based support/knowledgeable personnel in schools regarding Differentiated Instruction We need to train schools in a common approach for proactively dealing with 80% of the students – universal supports, effective environments Take some things off our plate and need to do less initiatives better One shot approaches to PD don’t work – ie one shot of RTI training in fall and then assuming that schools are ready to use this info at the school level. Train in teams or school-wide so that administrators aren’t solely responsible for sharing information from inservicing such as PLCs CAT 4 data is not usable in our school so we see no purpose in using it. We’ve developed a school-based assessment that is more usable and effective in guiding programming.
We are data rich with F & P which gives us common language among teaching staff and don’t need RAD 6...please throw that out!April 26th PM COMMENTS:What’s Working? Appreciate the ID meetings and chance to work with our PSPs Darran appreciated 3 ID Mtgs this year – good process for our classroom teachers to be part of it – would jump at even more opportunities to engage in this Excellent tool to identify and refocus where we are and where we should be headed regarding exemplary practice – use this as a tool to make us better This rubric is good for clarifying expectations and helping new staff know what we are aiming for Don’t get rid of the CAT4; make it optional as some schools appreciate the info they gain from itWhat’s tricky? The rubric vocabulary is very wordy – needs unpacking/simplifying so that the language is clear to all who read it, as it can be interpreted differently Give concrete examples for the wordy definitions to help explain this betterWhat could be done differently? Have PSPs block dates for school meetings in spring and fall to support PSP attendance at student team meetings Need to develop a communication structure regarding PSP communication with classroom teachers – so they are aware of what is happening and can answer questions from parents Would like time to have team meetings for student programming/transitioning in the first few days back at school – would be nice if it wasn’t mandated what has to be done on all of these days to leave time to have some planning meetings.April 27th AM COMMENTS:What’s Working: Taking the time to discuss with staff and get their perspective; beginning the dialogue The directives set out by the SSS were clear and helpful; this increased awareness of staff Interdisciplinary consultation meetings are valuable and even more would be great Allowing for time for SSTs to complete IIPs is a positive step
What’s Tricky: Interdisciplinary meetings needs have more preparation before PSPs come to the school Meeting often occur after school; this does not always allow the EAs to attend; schools could put in requests for additional pay for EAs to attend after school We need to consider the balance between PSPs attending meetings and providing direct service to students Balance between PSP PLC time and support in the schoolWhat could be done differently: PLCs for SSTs Staffing component for classrooms is too low, putting too much responsibility on SSTs to teach as well; they are wearing too many hats Unpack the rubrics so they are easier to understand; put them in teacher-friendly language