TASC & CSSI
Central is proud to be the home of four special education system classes. Our learning community is enriched by three TASC classes and one CSSI class. As mentioned, Central is an inclusive learning community where every member not only belongs, but is also a valued and contributing member of the community. Although students in SPED classes aren’t registered in our ‘mainstream’ courses, they are very much a part of our learning community and are involved in all of our daily events and special events. Our SPED students support our recycling pro-gram, the daily operations of our cafeteria, and access all areas of our building partaking in learning opportunities in our athletic facilities, our shops, The Hub and all other areas for enriched learning.
For the most part our special education classes follow our regular program calendar, however, on rare occasions this may differ. In our school calendar, events unique to SPED are noted. Our SPED students maintain a regular schedule during Exam & Flex Opportunity times in January and June. SPED classes are NOT in session during any system non-instructional days, organizational days or holidays. They are also not in session during SPED planning days. These events are all noted on the school calendar. Classroom teachers will also send out reminders in student agendas.
Contact: Questions around our SPED classes can be directed to LL, Tamara McEachern.
The Individual Program Plan (IPP) Process
Students with special learning needs are accommodated through our IPP process. Students and their parents/guardians who are on these plans will be aware of this. Each student is assigned a Key Teacher (usually the Homeroom teacher). This teacher works with the student and parent/guardians to develop goals to support the student throughout the school year.
Students are provided learning accommodations based on recommendations out of psychological assessments. These accommodations vary. Students and parent/guardians need to be aware that only those accommodations listed in a student's assessment can be granted. In order for students to access special accommodations on Diploma Exams they will need to demonstrate a history of use. Students who chose not to access these accommodations prior to their Diploma Exam will most likely be denied by Alberta Education.
Our Student Learning Team collaborates to support students and teachers in the IPP process. Our Student Learning Team also offers a quieter place to work for students on IPPs and provides some one-on-one support in completing assignments and tasks. Students have access to assistive technologies through the Student Learning Team and are supported in learning to use these tools.
IPPs are generally initiated in late September to early October. Parents/guardians will be contacted at this time to provide input, review and sign official documents of the plan. School staff working involved in supporting students include:
- Key IPP Teacher
- Classroom Teacher
- Learning Leader for Special Education: Tamara McEachern
- Student Learning Team Teacher: Andie Shaffer
- Educational Assistants
- Assistant Principal and/or Guidance Counselor
At times, meetings may be called (initiated by any involved party) to bring together the entire team and discuss student progress, or strategize next steps These meetings are called Student Learning Team (SLT) meetings and can be called for a variety of reasons.
Questions directly linked to your child’s IPP can be directed to the Key Teacher but, in the event you need further clarification or don’t know who your child’s Key Teacher may be, please contact the Learning Leader, Tamara McEachern, directly and she will be able to assist you.
Contact: Tamara McEachern—Learning Leader Special Education