Inclusive Education at Paul Rowe Jr./Sr. High School
From Peace River School Division:
Inclusion is not just about learners with special needs. It is an attitude and approach that embraces diversity and learner differences and promotes equal opportunities for all learners (Alberta Education).
Every student has unique needs which must be met with flexible and responsive learning goals and environments. Peace River School Division strives to support students’ academic, behavior and social/emotional needs through a continuum of supports in a variety of school settings.
Flexible and responsive supports include:
- Universal supports – strategies/supports incorporated into the environment for all learners, such as flexible learning resources and technologies, differentiated instruction and positive behaviour supports.
- Targeted strategies or interventions – for learners who need more specialized learning opportunities or access to more specialized support, such as writing accommodations, explicit instruction, reading intervention.
- Specialized/Individualized supports – supports that directly relate to individual learning needs and may involve external expertise such as the use of alternate and augmentative communication systems (ACC), or mental health support.
All Peace River School Division schools have dedicated Inclusive Education time. If your child needs further support, please contact our school office.
Our School-based I-Coach
School-based I-Coaches are teachers who work with students with exceptional needs. In this role, they work with teachers to develop programming for students, collaborate with external service providers, provide support to EAs, and work with teachers to provide tier supports and organize interventions.
PRSD schools are supported by Divisional Inclusive Education Coordinators who are responsible for providing comprehensive supports to K-12 school-based staff to improve overall student achievement in an Inclusive Education setting. They work collaboratively with division-level personnel to ensure seamless supports to school-based personnel including teachers, support staff, vice-principals, and principals.
Our Youth Education Support Worker
Youth Education Support Workers work with children, youth, and staff in schools, and they focus on universal supports for the promotion and prevention of Mental Health. This program is funded through community grants in some PRSD schools.
School Social Worker
The School Social Work program provides short-term supportive assistance to students and their families who are experiencing difficulties and require support at school. It is available free of charge to students between 5 and 19 who are attending Peace River School Division schools.
Referrals to the School Social Worker (SW) can be made by:
- Parents or guardians
- School staff
- The student
The SW will determine the need of the student and will contact the parent/guardian. A meeting with the student will be arranged at the school that the student attends.
If the SW determines that the student’s needs are beyond their scope of practice, or beyond the mandate of the program, the SW will recommend alternate community supports.
External Service Providers
A range of external services are delivered by certified professionals employed by Peace Collaborative Services (PCS). PCS provides support to students in PRSD schools using various interventions and services. If you think your child needs further support in these areas, please contact the I-Coach at your local school:
- Speech Language Pathology
- Occupational Therapy
- Vision Specialist
- Physical Therapy
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing